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Tuesday, September 01, 2015

Faculty Announcements

Elizabeth Barber has joined the faculty in the Education Laboratory. An experienced literacy studies and leadership researcher, she is retired from North Carolina A&T State University and is now working as an adjunct professor in education and leadership at the Watson College.

Maggie Guggenheimer has joined the EEMLS faculty as a full-time math lecturer. She has been a part-time elementary math lecturer in the EEMLS Department for the past 13 years.

Daniel Richardson is a part-time middle grades science lecturer in the EEMLS Department. Richardson is a science teacher at West Brunswick High School and is enrolled in the Educational Leadership doctoral program.

Awards, Publications, Presentations and Recognitions

Amy Rottmann, director of student engagement and recruitment, earned her doctorate in educational leadership from the Watson College in July. Rottmann’s dissertation is titled “Secondary Pre-Service Teachers’ Understanding and Implementation of Literacy Assessments and Interventions.” Committee: David Gill (chair), Martin Kozloff and Jeff Ertzberger.

Marta Sánchez, assistant professor in WCE’s ITFSE Department, has been selected to be a 2015 Concha Delgado Gaitán CAE Presidential Fellow. The fellowship is offered by the Council on Anthropology and Education (CAE) section of the American Anthropological Association (AAA) to support scholars early in their academic careers. CAE Presidential Fellows are mentored by senior scholars in the field of educational anthropology, participate in a professional learning community with current and previous Presidential Fellows and mentors, and receive a travel grant to attend AAA’s 2015 annual meeting. Sánchez, one of five 2015 Fellows, was selected for her research on Latino families in the southeast, through which she questions common understandings of citizenship, belonging and family, and attempts to restore our collective memory in ways that helps us recognize ourselves in families who speak in another tongue.  

Bill Sterrett, associate professor in the Department of Educational Leadership (EL), was the invited keynote speaker at the Canton School District Leadership Retreat in Canton, Mississippi, in July. He also appeared on the educational Bam! Radio Network “Classroom Q & A” segment on May 27 hosted by Larry Ferlazzo, and was featured in a companion EdWeek article in June. Sterrett, along with fellow guests Pete Hall and Sally Zepeda, discussed the topic of change in schools. Read more here: http://blogs.edweek.org/teachers/classroom_qa_with_larry_ferlazzo/2015/06/response_change_in_schools_is_a_process_not_an_event.html.

Associate Deans Ann Potts and Carol McNulty, faculty members Liz Barber and Gerald Zinner and students Britney Besecker, Megan Bradley and Mary McCachren presented at a conference of the North Carolina Association of Colleges and Teacher Educators in Raleigh in September. The presentation was titled “Collaborating for Action Research and Teacher Development in Malawi, Sub-Saharan Africa.”

Five Watson College faculty members were among 16 individuals across the university recognized for significant accomplishments in grant proposals or innovation and entrepreneurship at a reception hosted by Interim Provost Marilyn Sheerer, Associate Provost for Research and Dean of the Graduate School Ron Vetter, and the Office of Sponsored Programs and Research Compliance on Sept. 15. Individuals honored at the Warwick Center event were:

  • Eleni Pappamihiel, professor, ITFSE Department – $1 Million Dollar Club

  • Robert Tyndall, professor, EL Department – $5 Million Dollar Club

  • Jeff Ertzberger, director of technology – Start-Up Company, Level-Up Learning, LLC (2010)

  • Debbie Powell, associate professor, EEMLS Department – Start-Up Company, Uni-SPIRE, LLC (2012)

  • Marsha Carr, assistant professor, EL Department – Start-Up Company, Edu-Tell, LLC (2014)

Staff and Alumni News

Kathy Ibbotson, coordinator for K-12 engineering, UNCW Youth Programs, was featured in a cover story in WILMA in June. View the story here: http://www.wilmaontheweb.com/June-2015/Down-the-Line/.

Three Watson College alumni – Katie Snyder ’08, ’12M; Jerry Oates ’95, ’03M; and Laura Graham ’10M – were recipients of New Hanover County Schools’ 2015 top educator awards. In all, 23 WCE graduates have been recognized in 2015 for their outstanding contribution to education in New Hanover County schools. The honorees were featured in a story on the UNCW homepage in June. View the story here: https://uncw.edu/news/2015/06/watson-college-of-education-graduates-recognized-for-contributions.html.

David Dorosko ’01 (degree in business administration), ’13M, received the inaugural General Electric (GE) Community Outreach Award from GE’s Diversity Symposium Team in June for his contributions to benefit student welfare. Dorosko, who teaches eighth grade math and coaches the Math Counts Team at Noble Middle School, was nominated for his above-and-beyond efforts for the Noble math team and his devoted efforts in tutoring students during after-school hours. Noble’s Math Counts Team placed second in the Southeast region and 15th in the state for the 2014-15 school year.