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Friday, January 01, 2016

Dennis Kubasko was featured in a We Are UNCW” profile on January 12.

Kubasko is director of WCE’s Center for Education in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (CESTEM) and an associate professor in the Department of Instructional Technology, Foundations and Secondary Education (ITFSE) at the Watson College.


Daisyane Barreto was featured in a We Are UNCW” profile on January 19.

Barreto is an assistant professor of instructional technology in the Department of ITFSE at the Watson College.

Susan Catapano, professor in the Department of Early Childhood, Elementary, Middle Grades, Literacy and Special Education and director of international programs for the Watson College, is serving as a Fulbright Core Scholar in Belize this semester. The U.S. Embassy in Belize announced Catapano’s role on Jan. 21. She was featured in a UNCW homepage story on Jan. 29.

Amy Garrett Dikkers, associate professor in the Department of Educational Leadership, authored a book chapter that was published in December:

Whiteside, A.L. & Garrett Dikkers, A. (2015). Leveraging the Social Presence Model: A decade of research on emotion in online and blended learning. In Tettegah, S. (Ed.) Emotions, Technology, and Learning. Philadelphia, PA: Elsevier. Table of contents is available here: https://www.elsevier.com/books/emotions-technology-and-learning/tettegah/978-0-12-800649-8.

Garrett Dikkers, along with Aimee Whiteside at the University of Tampa and Karen Swan at the University of Illinois Springfield, received a contract for an edited book with Stylus Publishing’s Online and Distance Education series. Garrett Dikkers, Whiteside and WCE PDS director Somer Lewis will also co-author chapters for the book Social Presence in Online Learning: Multiple Perspectives on Practice and Research slated for publication in October.

Kathy Ibbotson, engineering program coordinator for UNCW Youth Programs, was morning keynote speaker and a session presenter at the second annual K-12 STEM Teacher Education Conference held at the Watson College on Jan. 8. See story, “WCE Hosts STEM Events for School Administrators and Teachers” in this newsletter.

Tamara Walser, associate professor in the Department of Educational Leadership, presented two papers at the American Evaluation Association annual conference in Chicago in November. The papers were titled “Building a culture of assessment in higher education and evaluation capacity building: A tale of two literatures” and “Conducting a program evaluation thesis or dissertation: It’s more than replacing research questions with evaluation questions.”

An article Walser authored titled “Evaluability assessment in higher education: Supporting continuous improvement, accountability, and a culture of assessment” was published in the Journal of Assessment and Institutional Effectiveness.

Ronnie Weppler, lecturer and intern supervisor in the Department of Early Childhood, Elementary, Middle Grades, Literacy and Special Education, received the Roy E. Harkin Part-Time Faculty Service Award in 2015 in recognition of her outstanding contributions to the college. The award was established to honor the first dean of the Watson College who actively recruited part-time personnel to assist the faculty.

WCE Faculty Recognized by Graduating Seniors

Congratulations to the following faculty who have been recognized by the Dec. ’15 graduating seniors as making a significant impact on their education at UNCW: Amy Garrett Dikkers, Georgie Bramley, Lynn Sikma, Donyell Roseboro, Debbie Powell, Eleni Pappamihiel, Alicia Brophy, Crystalyn Schnorr, Maggie Guggenheimer and Candace Thompson. The faculty were honored at a university reception in December.

Jon Kapell, UNCW Campus Activities & Involvement Center director and a student in WCE’s Educational Leadership doctoral program with a specialization in higher education, authored several articles for Maynooth University’s alumni magazine, The Bridge, while participating in WCE’s inaugural internship in Ireland in October 2015. The magazine was published in December.

Honors and Recognitions

Daniel Richardson '03, '10M was recently selected as the North Carolina Science Teachers Association Outstanding High School Science Teacher for District Two. Richardson is a teacher at West Brunswick High School and a part-time faculty member at the Watson College. He is currently enrolled in WCE’s doctoral program with a specialization in curriculum and instruction.

Julie Riggins ’94M has received a Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching. Riggins teaches math at East Forsyth High School in Kernersville, NC. She was featured in an article in The Winston-Salem Journal in September.

WCE alumna and Hoggard High School teacher Katie Snyder '08 '12M has been named Southeast Regional Teacher of the Year. She is one of nine finalists for North Carolina Teacher of the Year! 

Dr. Freddie Williamson, Hoke County Schools superintendent and WCE Ed.D. adjunct professor, has been named one of four finalists for the 2016 National Superintendent of the Year.