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WCE Bids Fond Farewell to Maurice Martinez, Deloris Rhodes

Friday, May 02, 2014

Professor Maurice Martinez and Outreach Liaison Deloris Rhodes are retiring from the Watson College of Education in May. Each has brought passion, dedication and commitment to a distinguished career in education that spans more than 40 years. In return, Martinez and Rhodes have earned friendship, deep affection and respect from colleagues in the college, across campus and throughout the community. They will be greatly missed.

Maurice Martinez

Maurice MartinezMaurice Martinez officially retired in May after teaching at the Watson College of Education for 20 years. A professor in the Department of Instructional Technology, Foundations and Secondary Education, Martinez has brought passion, creativity and wisdom to his teaching, research and service to the college.

Martinez is also a poet, photographer, musician and award-winning filmmaker. His many films, which focus upon social justice and the documentation of African-American history, have been screened at the Cucalorus Film Festival, Cine Golden Eagle, Cine Noir, New York Black Film Festival, Sometime in October Festival and the North Carolina Black Film Festival.

"Maurice has been a wonderful, unique member of our faculty for a long time, providing us with perspectives and scholarly approaches that have broadened and deepened our reflections on what takes place in schools and why,” said Watson College Dean Kenneth Teitelbaum. “His voice, as well as his smile, will be sorely missed in the classroom, at meetings, and in our offices and hallways.  And, so will his insistence that our faculty deserve more support of various kinds including higher salaries. Maurice tells it like it is in the best tradition of the academy."

Deloris RhodesDeloris Rhodes

Deloris Rhodes served students and communities in Virginia and North Carolina in a career that spanned more than 30 years. Her roles included teacher, middle grades principal, active volunteer and board member for dozens of community agencies before joining Watson College of Education as an outreach liaison.

Since 2007, she has worked tirelessly to coordinate meetings and events that bring state and community leaders and community non-profit agencies together with faculty members and P-12 educators throughout southeastern North Carolina.

"I usually say that no one is irreplaceable. But we will certainly have a very difficult time finding someone who can make the kind of contributions to the Watson College that Deloris has made,” said Teitelbaum. “She has connected us to the community in so many meaningful and productive ways, helping to initiate and organize events and activities that have been most helpful to our faculty, staff and students. I just hope that as a member of the WCE Advisory Board, Deloris will continue to do so in some capacity."

Professor Janna Robertson has worked closely with Rhodes since arriving at the Watson College in 2010. She described Rhodes as one of the most generous people she has ever known.

“She is generous with her depth of knowledge, her encompassing affection, and deep passion for helping others to flourish,” Robertson said. “Deloris decided I was to be one of her ‘projects’ when I first arrived to Watson. She knew that in order to accomplish any of my goals I would need to know who was who at UNCW and around the community. I rarely meet anyone in the entire region who does not know Deloris Rhodes and speaks very highly of her. She has been a good will ambassador for Watson in proportions I doubt any of us can truly appreciate. I know doors were opened to me when I arrived just because of Deloris Rhodes. I will miss her wisdom, her guidance and her never wavering support.”

Please join the dean, faculty, staff and students of the Watson College of Education as we bid fond farewell to our valued colleagues, Maurice Martinez and Deloris Rhodes.