Watson Chronicle



Congratulations to All Fall 2015 Graduates

Sunday, January 10, 2016

In December, 126 students earned degrees from the Watson College of Education, including 54 enrolled in graduate-level programs. Faculty, graduates and their families celebrated at a reception in the atrium of the Education building on Dec. 11, the evening before the official commencement ceremonies in Trask Coliseum. More than 150 people attended the event, which featured a photo booth for students and families and a performance by UNCW’s a capella singing group, the Sea Belles.

The Watson College hosted a reception on Dec. 7 to honor WCE’s 10 new Ed.D. graduates:

Marc Bergin
Dissertation title: An Evaluation of Technology Facilitation in the Professional Development of Teachers
Committee: Tamara Walser (chair), Jeremy Hilburn and Jeff Ertzberger

Amanda Bullard
Dissertation title: An Evaluation of the Impact of Instructional Coaching by Principals on Teacher Behavior and Student Achievement Outcomes
Committee: Susan Catapano (chair), Linda Bost and Michele Parker

Paula Contreras
Dissertation title: Student Climate and Student Achievement
Committee: Brad Walker (chair), Martin Kozloff and William Sterrett

Crystal Howard
Dissertation title: Fostering Family School Partnerships at the Middle School: An Action Research Study
Committee: Amy Garrett Dikkers (chair), Scott Imig and Elizabeth Barber

Jon Karschnik
Dissertation title: Using Cross-Content Professional Learning Communities to Foster Critical Instructional Practices
Committee: Tamara Walser (chair), Scott Imig and William Sterrett

Claire King
Dissertation title: A Case Study of A Beginning Teacher Program in Rural North Carolina
Committee: Susan Catapano (chair), Scott Imig and Jeff Ertzberger

Amy MacMahon
Dissertation title: Evaluating Professional Development of a Positive School-Wide Behavior Management System in Belize
Committee: Susan Catapano (chair), Tracy Hargrove and Tamara Walser

Bethany Meighen
Dissertation title: Case Study Exploring the Academic and Social Integration of Traditionally Aged Community College Transfer Students
Committee: Andrew Ryder (chair), Susan Catapano and Donyell Roseboro

Amy Rottmann
Dissertation title: Secondary Pre-Service Teachers’ Understanding and Implementation of Literacy Assessments and Interventions
Committee: David Gill (chair), Martin Kozloff and Jeff Ertzberger

Dalton Tomlinson
Dissertation title: An Evaluation of School Security Measures of an Eastern North Carolina School District
Committee: William Holmes (chair), Susan Catapano and Tamara Walser

Please join us in congratulating all of our outstanding fall 2015 graduates!

Visit the Our College Community section of the Watson Chronicle to view photos from WCE’s fall 2015 graduation celebration events.