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WCE Faculty Recognized for Excellence at UNCW Fall Meeting

Saturday, September 02, 2017

Three Watson College faculty members were recognized at UNCW’s fall faculty meeting on Sept. 5 and featured in a UNCW homepage story on Sept. 7.

Amy Moody - Chancellor’s Teaching Excellence Award

Amy Moody is associate professor in WCE’s Department of Early Childhood, Elementary, Middle, Literacy and Special Education. She is also director of WCE’s Center for Assistive Technology, an autism specialist and a recognized national expert on developing technology supports to give students with autism access to STEM curricula and activities.

Mahnaz Moallem - Distinguished Faculty Scholar Award

Watson College professor Mahnaz Moallem was one of two faculty members honored with UNCW’s Distinguished Faculty Scholar Award. Moallem is a member of the James F. Merritt Million Dollar Club, based on sponsored research awards.

As a learning science researcher, Moallem studies applications of various learning and instructional design theories and models for learning and human performance improvement. She has a special interest in the application of problem-based/project-based learning and assessment of complex learning outcomes such as problem-solving and critical thinking for STEM fields. During her career, she has designed, developed and successfully implemented and evaluated several programs that have been using PBL as their pedagogical framework. In addition, within the last 15 years, she has coordinated innovative projects funded by the National Science Foundation and Department of Education on the integration of PBL with computer modeling and simulation.

Moallem has worked with a number of international colleagues and serves on the editorial board of a number of prestigious national and international journals. She has been the recipient of a number of teaching and research awards and has served as a rotating scientist (IPA) for two years at the National Science Foundation. Moallem introduced the Instructional Technology master’s degree program at the Watson College in 1998 and served as MIT program coordinator for nearly two decades. She has been recognized nationally as a STEM education leader, and her research specialties include program evaluation and design.

Donna DeGennaro - Distinguished Scholarly Engagement and Public Service Award (Junior Scholar)

Donna DeGennaro joined the faculty in WCE’s Department of Educational Leadership in fall 2015. 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. She is founder and director of Unlocking Silent Histories, a global nonprofit that inspires indigenous youth to create documentary films that capture and illuminate their cultures, languages and customs. The voices of the youth lead the process, deciding what traditions and heritages to preserve and what methods are best to apply. The goal is to collaboratively foster a learning and leadership model for younger generations as well as create business ideas that support the community.