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Watson College Recognitions

Tuesday, November 01, 2016

Lisa Buchanan is the recipient of the first Stike Education Lab Faculty-Student Research Award. Along with a student co-researcher, she will complete a content analysis of the Education Lab’s picture book collection, looking specifically at demographic representations.

Advanced research will also look at the demographics represented in the books that pre-service teachers choose to use while teaching. Her research will take place over the spring 2017 semester.

Faculty Participate in Community Engagement Conference

WCE PDS director Somer Lewis led a panel discussion at UNCW’s conference “Giving Flight to Engagement: Creating Positive Community-University Partnerships” on Oct. 12. Dean Dempsey and WCE professor Janna Robertson also spoke at the conference.

Panelists (L-R): Stephanie Willis, WCE doctoral student; Cindy Wiseman, WCE director of professional experiences; Kim O’Briant, staff development supervisor, New Hanover County Schools; Dennis Kubasko, associate professor of science education; and Marrio Jeter, program director, Communities in Schools of Cape Fear.

WCE Welcomes New Staff Colleagues

Jennifer (Jenn) Hatch Knight, Assistant Director, PDS

Jenn joined WCE’s Office of Teacher Education and Outreach in October. As assistant director of PDS, she will support beginning teachers through the First Years of Teaching Programs and facilitate the National Board Certification Support Program. Jenn taught in New Hanover County for 10 years. She has a degree in elementary education from Wells College in Aurora, NY and an M.Ed. in Language and Literacy from the Watson College and is a National Board-Certified Teacher. Most recently, she worked as an instructional coach with the Department of Public Instruction in the Department of School Transformation and at Snipes Academy of Arts and Design.

Kerri Fowler, Administrative Associate, Dean’s Office

Kerri joined the staff in the dean’s office as administrative associate in September. Kerri recently moved to Wilmington from Connecticut. She holds a B.A. in personnel administration from Mansfield University and brings with her a wealth of office management and customer service skills. She succeeds Nicole Geczi, who is now executive assistant in WCE’s Office of Teacher Education and Outreach.

Stefanie Hartman, Registration, Marketing & Communications for Youth Programs

Stefanie grew up in Indiana and lived in Upstate New York for six years before relocating to North Carolina. She has a bachelor’s degree in management from Indiana State University and a professional and volunteer background in marketing, public relations and social media. Most recently Stefanie coordinated registrations and public relations for a local ballet school and performing arts company. She spends her free time enjoying the arts and the coast with her four children. Her oldest is a film-studies student at UNCW.

Lisa Hunt, Business Services Coordinator, Dean’s Office

Lisa joined the dean’s office staff as the new business services coordinator in October. She has a bachelor’s degree in history from UNCW and teaching certification in secondary education from the Watson College. Lisa worked for the dean of Business Information Technology at Forsyth Technical Community College for seven years before joining the Watson College family in 2009 as administrative associate in the Department of Educational Leadership. She succeeds Joy Childs who became WCE’s business officer in July.

Carey Goldman, Coordinator, MarineQuest Project Ocean Change for Youth Programs

Carey is MarineQuest’s newest AmeriCorps member. As coordinator for MarineQuest’s Project Ocean Change, he will be developing and teaching programs designed to engage middle school learners with climate literacy. Carey received a B.S. in environmental science and policy – marine and coastal management from the University of Maryland and earned a Master of Science in water science, policy and management from the University of Oxford. He can be reached at gst-goldmanc@uncw.edu or .910.742.9289.