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Saturday, November 01, 2014

Faculty Recognitions

Kathleen Roney, middle grades professor in the Department of Early Childhood, Elementary, Middle, Literacy and Special Education (EEMLS), is one of five UNCW faculty members serving on the 19-member search committee for the role of UNCW’s next chancellor.

William Sterrettassistant professor in the Department of Educational Leadership, was elected to serve a two-year term on the board of directors for the Consortium for Research on Educational Assessment and Teaching Effectiveness (CREATE) at the CREATE annual conference in Williamsburg, Va.  in October. Sterrett made three presentations at the conference with faculty colleagues:

  • "Teacher Leadership and Teacher Working Conditions Survey Data: A Closer Look" withBudd Dingwall, retired principal from New Hanover County Schools.
  • "Survey Research in a Partnership Middle School: Student Perceptions of Learning" withAngelia Reid-Griffin, associate professor, Department of Instructional Technology, Foundations and Secondary Education (ITFSE) and Amatullah Stanback, a student enrolled in the Educational Leadership doctoral program.
  • "Understanding the Work of ‘Green Ribbon’ School Leaders: How Does Education for Sustainability Advance 21st Century Skills?" with Scott Imig, associate professor, Department of Educational Leadership and Michael MacGovern, a student enrolled in the Master of School Administration program.

Sterrett presented two sessions about his recent book Short on Time at the ASCD Conference on Educational Leadership in Orlando, Fla.  on Oct. 31.

Four faculty members from WCE’s Department of EEMLSFour faculty members from WCE’s Department of EEMLS and four students enrolled in graduate studies in WCE’s Language and Literacy program presented at the National Association for Multicultural Education Annual Conference in Tucson, Ariz. on Nov. 7. Faculty presenters were assistant professor Alicia Brophy, assistant professor Lisa Buchanan,department chair Kathy Fox and assistant professor Candace Thompson"Evoking Meaningful Task Management: The Hand-in-Hand Nature of Teaching, Service and Scholarship."

Student presenters were Lora Crowley, Ashli Edwards, Beth Peddle and Alexandra Mays, “Organic Literacy: Opening the Door to the Inner World of the Learner.”

Friends of UNCW Grant Recipients

Susan Catapanochair of the Department of Educational Leadership, received funds to print up to five books authored by students. The books are written for children in San Pedro, Belize and help to reflect life in San Pedro while supporting the children’s reading development.

Angelia Reid Griffinassociate professor in the Department of Instructional Technology, Foundations and Secondary Education, received funds for scholarships to Junior Seahawk Academy that will enable disadvantaged students to participate in the program.

Christine Liaoassistant professor, Department of Early Childhood, Elementary, Middle, Literacy and Special Education (EEMLS), received funds to purchase materials for the arts integration course in the elementary program at the college. Watson College students teaching in local schools will also use the materials.

Katie Schlichting, associate professor, EEMLS, received funds to purchase an iPad and children's and adolescent literature for a library at the Good Shepherd Homeless Shelter.  Each semester, 120-130 Watson College of Education student volunteers provide children and families academic, social and emotional support.

Staff News and Recognitions

Erin UdvareErin Udvare is the new Youth Programs summer camp coordinator. She taught MarineQuest programs for the past four summers and helped to develop the highly successful girls leadership program, Sea GEMS. Udvare earned a B.S. in marine biology and a M.S. in marine science from UNCW. She is featured in a kayaking photo in the slideshow that appears on the university’s homepage.

Congratulations to Glenda Bowen for 30 years of service to the Watson College of Education! Bowen is executive assistant in the college’s Office of Teacher Education and Outreach.

Additional Service Awards announced at UNCW’s service awards luncheon Oct. 13

Janice Siko – 15 years
Siko is executive assistant in the Dean’s Office.

Kristine Wetherill – 10 years
Wetherill is tech support analyst and webmaster for the college.

Alumni Updates

Melissa GillespieMelissa Gillespie (B.A., secondary social studies education ’03), North Carolina Southeast Regional Teacher of the Year, began serving as a teacher advisor to the State Board of Education in August.