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Welcome to New Faculty

Monday, September 01, 2014

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The Watson College is pleased to introduce five new faculty members: William Holmes and Kevin McClure, Department of Educational Leadership (EL); Marta Sánchez, Department of Instructional Technology, Foundations and Secondary Education (ITFSE); and Chuck Jurich and Lynn Sikma, Department of Early Childhood, Elementary, Middle, Literacy and Special Education (EEMLS). Please join us in welcoming them all to UNCW!

Chuck Jurich, Ph.D.William T. Holmes, Ph.D.
University of Nevada, Las Vegas
Assistant Professor, EL

William Holmes serves on the faculty of Educational Leadership at the University of North Carolina Wilmington. Holmes retired from service in the nation’s fifth largest school district, the Clark County School District in Las Vegas, where he worked as an elementary, secondary, and central office teacher and school administrator before coming to UNCW.  Specifically, Holmes served in the roles of teacher; teacher on special assignment – webmaster; dean of students; assistant principal; principal; and principal on special assignment – school improvement, turnaround and restructuring during his tenure in CCSD. Additionally, he held a leadership role at the state level serving as the vice-chairman on the Council for Parental Involvement and Family Engagement at the Nevada Department of Education supporting the implementation of educational policy and instructional implementation in the area of family engagement in K-12 schools at the rural, suburban and at-risk schools across the state. Holmes earned his undergraduate and master’s degrees in elementary education from the University of New Mexico and his doctoral degree in executive leadership in educational administration from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

Holmes is focused on leadership communication theory and practices of instructional leaders with particular attention to motivating language theory within the K-12 context. He is interested in the leadership practices of effective and ineffective leaders; the superintendent search process and superintendent pre-service best practices; and spiritual leadership and its application within the K-12 setting. As a Native American, Holmes is concerned with the Native American instructional leadership experience and how to increase both its numbers and effectiveness.

Chuck Jurich, Ph.D.Chuck Jurich, Ph.D.
University of New Mexico
Assistant Professor, EEMLS

Chuck Jurich earned his Ph.D. from the Department of Language, Literacy and Sociocultural Studies at the University of New Mexico with an emphasis in literacy. His research investigates contemporary reading and writing practices from a sociocultural perspective of literacy. Jurich’s dissertation, Quiet on the Set: Writing Socially in an After-School Video Club,focused on how many authors in a variety of roles collaborate and socially interact while reading and writing together. He is looking to expand this research by examining how multiple authorship of multimodal texts look in a variety of settings and contexts. 

Before arriving at UNCW, Jurich was an elementary classroom teacher for eight years, director of a long -running after-school video production program for elementary aged children and an assistant professor of elementary education at the University of Alaska Fairbanks. He is also a firm believer that life is better on a bicycle.

Kevin R. McClure, Ph.D.Kevin R. McClure, Ph.D.
University of Maryland, College Park
Assistant Professor, EL

Kevin R. McClure earned both his master’s and doctorate in international education policy from the University of Maryland, College Park. McClure’s dissertation chronicled the rise of innovation and entrepreneurship as strategic priorities in American higher education through an in-depth case study of one public research university.

Prior to joining the department, McClure held various professional positions in academic affairs and international programs at the University of Maryland, College Park. He is active in several professional organizations, including the Comparative and International Education Society (CIES), American Educational Research Association (AERA) and Association for the Study of Higher Education (ASHE).

McClure’s research has appeared in peer-reviewed journals and edited books. A regular blogger, he has authored opinion and advice pieces for popular outlets like The Chronicle of Higher Education and Vitae. His research interests center on the political economy of higher education. He is currently working on projects related to academic capitalism, part-time faculty, administrative bloat and public comprehensive institutions.

Marta SánchezMarta Sánchez
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Assistant Professor, ITFSE

Marta Sánchez is an assistant professor in foundations of education. She joined the Department of Instructional Technology, Foundations and Secondary Education in August. She has a Ph.D. from the School of Education, Culture, Curriculum and Change from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; an M.Ed. in early childhood education from the Erikson Institute in Chicago; and a B.A. in communications from Mundelein College in Chicago.

In her role as a research scientist at Duke, she has most recently worked on a number of grant projects including, Developing Consultation and Collaborations Skills: ESL and Classroom Teachers Working Together with Students and Families and Carolina DREAMIN’ on such a winter’s day: Perspectives from immigrant youth on undocumented status. She has also taught a number of courses including Educational Research Methods I for graduate students, Language Minority Students: Issues for Practitioners and Working with Diverse Families. She has several publications and presentations. One recent publication is titled “With affection and love: Latino families prepare their children for success in school/Con cariño y amor: las familias latinas preparan a sus hijos para alcanzar el éxito en la escuela.”Milestones, Spring, 12-15.  A recent presentation was titled “Culture, Language and Power: Latino Immigrant Parents’ Experiences in the Schools of the New Latino South,” Southeastern Conference on Linguistics, USC, Spartanburg, SC.

Sánchez joins us with her partner Sergio and dog Lola.

Lynn Sikma, Ph.D.Lynn Sikma, Ph.D.
University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
Assistant Professor, EEMLS

Lynn Sikma is a 2014 graduate of the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign where she completed her Ph.D. in curriculum and instruction with a specialization in elementary science education. Her dissertation is titled, Examining Social Support Networks: The Relationship of Interactions, Mentoring, and Community on Novice Teachers’ Satisfaction and Career Resiliency.

Sikma also holds a master’s degree in elementary education from National-Louis University and a bachelor’s degree in life sciences from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. Prior to pursuing her Ph.D., Sikma was a fifth grade teacher in the south suburbs of Chicago. 

Sikma’s research and scholarly interests include novice teacher needs, social network analysis, distributed leadership, organizational culture, organizational change, elementary STEM education and teacher professional development.