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Welcome to New Faculty and WCE Director of Development

Friday, September 11, 2015

Education Building

The Watson College is pleased to introduce three new faculty members: Susan Faircloth and Donna DeGennaro, Department of Educational Leadership (EL) and Daisyane Barreto, Department of Instructional Technology, Foundations and Secondary Education (ITFSE). Please join us in welcoming them all to UNCW!

Please also join us in welcoming Kevin Thompson to UNCW. Kevin is director of development for the Watson College, a position in UNCW’s Office of University Advancement.

Susan C. Faircloth, Ph.D.
Pennsylvania State University
Professor and Chair, Educational Leadership Department

Susan Faircloth received her B.A. from Appalachian State University and her M.Ed. and Ph.D. from Pennsylvania State University. She is a former Fulbright Scholar to New Zealand, a Ford Foundation Postdoctoral Fellow with the UCLA Civil Rights Project Proyecto Derechos Civiles and an enrolled member of the Coharie Tribe of North Carolina. Her research interests include indigenous education, the education of culturally and linguistically diverse students with special educational needs, and the moral and ethical dimensions of school leadership. Prior to joining the faculty at UNCW, she was an associate professor in the Leadership, Policy, and Adult and Higher Education Department at North Carolina State University and an associate professor and director of the American Indian Leadership Program at Penn State University. She enjoys gardening, shopping at thrift stores and spending time with her husband, daughter and two dogs.

Daisyane Barreto, Ph.D.
University of Georgia
Assistant Professor, MIT Program, ITFSE

Originally from Brazil, Daisyane Barreto earned a bachelor’s degree in education from the Federal University of Ceará and worked in a private school in Brazil as a middle school teacher/media specialist before coming to the U.S. to pursue her graduate degrees. In addition to teaching experiences, she also had opportunities to develop multimedia instructional materials for higher education as well as coordinate an exchange program between Brazil and the U.S.A. Her current research focuses on children’s experiences playing and learning with online games, and her interests involve designing and evaluating game-based learning environments as well as designing culturally sensitive learning experiences. She likes dancing, hiking, walking/running, playing games and going to the movies.

Donna DeGennaro, Ph.D.
University of Pennsylvania
Assistant Professor, Curriculum, Instruction and Supervision, EL

Donna DeGennaro obtained her undergraduate degree from Susquehana University, her master's from Chestnut Hill College and her Ph.D. in education from the University of Pennsylvania. Her passion for creating socially-just learning designs that are technology-mediated and youth-driven fueled her work with youth in informal learning environments in the U.S. and abroad for the past 10 years. During this time, she developed an innovative pedagogical model that simultaneously addresses the digital divide, culturally responsive learning and social justice education. She recently founded Unlocking Silent Histories, a nonprofit organization that amplifies the voices and identities of indigenous youth. She likes to travel and learn about new cultures from the people she meets in new places.

Kevin P. Thompson ’12, MPA is the Director of Development for Major Gifts for the Watson College of Education. Kevin works closely with senior administration, alumni, faculty and volunteers to build relationships leading to gifts supporting the College and UNCW.

Kevin is a native of Wilmington, N.C. and earned a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from UNCW as well as a Master of Public Administration with a concentration in nonprofit management from N.C. State University. After leaving the private sector, Kevin worked in major gift development at NCSU’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences.

While a student at UNCW, Kevin served on the Class of 2012 Gift Campaign Committee. As the recipient of multiple merit scholarships, Kevin understands the profound impact donors have on the lives of students as well as the importance of merit scholarships in recruiting and retaining high-ability students. 

As a proud alumnus and supporter of UNCW, and someone deeply engaged in the Wilmington community, Kevin is excited to come home to his alma mater to advance the university’s mission to provide exceptional experiences, research and applied learning opportunities and scholarships for future generations of Seahawks. To contact Kevin, please email thompsonk@uncw.edu or call (910) 962-2525.