Watson Chronicle



Congratulations to All Fall 2017 Graduates

Thursday, January 11, 2018

In December, 118 students earned degrees from the Watson College of Education, including 68 enrolled in graduate-level programs. Faculty, graduates and their families celebrated at a reception in the atrium of the Education building on Dec. 8, the evening before the official commencement ceremonies in Trask Coliseum. More than 200 people attended the event, which featured hors d’oeuvres and beverages, and a photo booth for students and families.

Watson College hosted a reception on Dec. 6 to honor WCE’s 13 Ed.D. graduates.

Tammy Bennett

Dissertation title: A Mixed Methods Study on the Effects of Language Immersion on Early Elementary Literacy Skills in Southeastern NC
Committee: Michele Parker (chair), Amy Moody and Allen Lynn

Joanna Cole

Dissertation title: How they RISE: A phenomenological study revealing the impact of mentors, relationships and opportunities in the UNCP-RISE program
Committee: Michele Parker (chair), Larry Mabe and Jess Boersma

Elizabeth Edwards

Dissertation title: Impact of Teacher Preparation on Achieving National Board Certification
Committee: William Holmes and Heidi Higgins (co-chairs), Donyell Roseboro

Cindy L. Fischer

Dissertation title: The Power of Their Voices: Learning from Persistent Adult ESL Students in a High-performing Program in Eastern North Carolina
Committee: Michele Parker (chair), Eleni Pappamihiel, Elizabeth Barber and Edel Segovia

Renee Gunter

Dissertation title: Student Preparation and Success: An Examination of College Math Readiness
Committee: Tracy Hargrove (chair), William Sterrett and Andrew Ryder

Tammy Keel

Dissertation title: In North Carolina, what is the association between Principal Efficacy, School Grades, and the desire to remain in the role?
Committee: Michele Parker (chair), Donyell Roseboro and Sandra McCullen

Tiffany Locklear

Dissertation title: Decolonizing Methods of Culture and Learning within the Lumbee Community Study
Committee: Donna DeGennaro (chair), Jeremy Hilburn and Susan Faircloth

John Lothes

Dissertation title: Understanding Burnout and Satisfaction among Voluntary and Involuntary Part-Time Faculty at a Public Comprehensive University in the Southeastern United States
Committee: Kevin McClure (chair), Andrew Ryder and Sally Mackain

Nader Odeh

Dissertation title: An Investigation Into Effective Culturally Responsive Teaching Practices in an Eastern North Carolina High School
Committee: Brad Walker (chair), Marsha Carr and Tracy Hargrove

Peggy Sue Owens

Dissertation title: School Social Workers’ Perspectives on Working with Homeless Students and Their Families in Hoke County School District in Eastern North Carolina
Committee: Susan Faircloth (chair), Marsha Carr and Freddie Williamson

Tara Patterson

Dissertation title: Barriers that Female Principals Face as They Attempt to Advance into Upper Leadership Positions
Committee: Donyell Roseboro (chair), Robert Smith and Candace Thompson

Kelly Thomas

Dissertation title: An Analysis of Moral Education Curriculum in a Southeastern North Carolina High School
Committee: Brad Walker (chair), Marsha Carr and Tracy Hargrove

Benjamin Williams

Dissertation title: Leadership Communication Practices of the Triangle High Five Superintendents: A Mixed Method Study of the Relationship Between Motivating Language and Principal Retention
Committee: William Holmes and Marsha Carr (co-chairs), Donyell Roseboro

Please join us in congratulating all of our outstanding 2017 graduates!

Visit the Our College Community section of the Watson Chronicle to see photos from WCE’s fall 2017 graduation celebration events.