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Watson College Recognitions

Friday, September 01, 2017

Kristine Adams was honored for her exemplary service to the university at a ceremony at the Burney Center on Sept. 13.

Adams is senior web developer in WCE’s Education Technology Unit. She was one of 14 outstanding staff members recognized by Chancellor Jose V. Sartarelli at the event and featured in a UNCW homepage story.

For additional information about the award and photos from the ceremony please visit the Our College Community section of the newsletter.

New Department Chairs and Assistant Chair

WCE announced new department chairs effective July 1:

  • Marsha Carr – interim chair, Department of Educational Leadership
  • Eleni Pappamihiel – interim chair, Department of Instructional Technology, Foundations and Secondary Education
  • Heidi Higgins – assistant chair, Department of Early Childhood, Elementary, Middle, Literacy and Special Education

Faculty Promotions and Tenure Announcements

Full professor:

  • Donyell Roseboro, associate dean, Office of Teacher Education and Outreach
  • Tamara Walser, Department of Educational Leadership

Associate professor with tenure:

  • Lisa Buchanan, Department of Early Childhood, Elementary, Middle, Literacy and Special Education
  • Jeremy Hilburn, EEMLS
  • Martin Wasserberg, EEMLS

Faculty and Staff in the News

Janna Robertson was featured in the StarNews on Aug 26: Wilmington community turned boring gray wall into bright colorful mural

Kathy Ibbotson and Jasmine Gaston, the engineers who develop and teach UNCW’s engineering programs for kids, were WWAY’s Extraordinary People of the week in July.

WCE Welcomes New Staff

Heddy K. Clark – STEM Learning Cooperative Coordinator

Heddy Clark is a proud Seahawk who earned her B.A. in psychology at UNCW prior to obtaining a Ph.D. in counseling psychology at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. She has many years of experience in project management, research/evaluation, and working with children and schools. She is excited to return to UNCW and spread the word across campus and throughout the region about WCE’s new STEM Learning Cooperative. Heddy will assist the STEM LC with forming partnerships, securing funding, infrastructure development and research/evaluation.

Ashley Grindstaff – Administrative Associate, Dean’s Office

Ashley Grindstaff joined the WCE Dean’s Office staff as the new administrative associate in August. Ashley holds a B.S. in marine biology from UNCW and brings with her several years of customer service experience including work at Sea World as a guest services representative. Most recently she was an office receptionist at the North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher. 

Brian Powell – Technology Support Analyst

Brian Powell joined WCE’s Education Technology Unit as a technology support analyst in August. He was formerly employed by Duplin County Schools as a Technology Technician II for about 10 years and brings with him over 15 years of experience in information technology. While at Duplin, Brian served as lead technician for the technology team, supervising the implementation and design of several technology projects. He looks forward to using his experience to provide exceptional technology support to faculty and staff at the Watson College.

Deirdre Scanlon – Registration, Marketing & Communications Associate, Youth Programs

Deirdre grew up in northern Virginia, just outside of D.C. After receiving her B.A. in English with a writing emphasis and environmental studies minor from Lynchburg College, she decided to further pursue her education in graduate school. Deirdre earned her M.Ed. in higher education from UNCW’s Watson College of Education, and she is excited to stay a part of the Watson family in her new position with Youth Programs.

Student and Alumni News

Shannon Alford is the new assistant dean of students for Residence Life and Student Conduct at Salem College in Winston-Salem. Alford is enrolled in the Educational Leadership doctoral program at the Watson College.

UNCW alum Laurin-Paige Garza was featured in a StarNews story in July. Garza, a HS social studies teacher, is helping design a teacher academy for 800 teachers in Brunswick County.

Laura Johnson Hercula has been awarded Educator of the Year at Coastal Carolina Community College for 2017-18. Hercula is enrolled in the Ed.D. program at the Watson College.

Lory Morrow was named superintendent of Lincoln County Schools. The news was announced in the Lincoln Times-News in June.

Erin Norris has been named 2017-18 Teacher of the Year at East Rockingham Elementary in Richmond County, North Carolina. Norris teaches third grade science and math. She is enrolled in the School Administration licensure program at the Watson College.

Sarah Ruddock ’06 was named WITN’s Teacher of the Week on Sept. 20. Ruddock teachers fourth grade language arts and social studies at Creekside Elementary School in Pitt County.

Leah Sherrill was featured in a story on WECT in July: Changing lives one adventure at a time.

Edith Skipper ’13 Ed.D. is principal of SEA-Tech, NHCS’ new technical high school! Doors opened to the inaugural class of 44 freshmen on Aug. 14. See New Hanover County Schools’ New School Spotlight.

Sara Thorndike was recognized as a “2017 Rising Star” by the National Association of College and University Business Officers. The award recognizes individuals with high potential to succeed as executives and business officers in higher education. Thorndike is associate vice chancellor for finance and controller at UNCW, and a student in the Educational Leadership doctoral program at the Watson College.  In May, she was one of 16 business and finance professionals selected for the 2017-18 NACUBO Fellows Program. The award was announced in a UNCW home page story on August 1.

Trevor Todd ’15 was featured in We Are UNCW in June. Todd teaches third grade at Castle Hayne Elementary.

Jennifer Whittington ’16 Ed.D. has joined the faculty at the University of North Carolina Pembroke as assistant professor of Elementary Education and director of Recruitment and Retention. She has also received the Excellence in Teaching Award from Bladen Community College.