Watson Chronicle



Congratulations to All Fall 2018 Graduates

Tuesday, January 01, 2019

In December, 128 students earned degrees from the Watson College of Education, including 74 enrolled in graduate-level programs.

Candace Thompson was keynote speaker at the commencement ceremony for UNCW’s professional schools (Watson College of Education, Cameron School of Business and the College of Health and Human Services), held December 15 in Trask Coliseum. Thompson is chair of the Department of Instructional Technology, Foundations, and Secondary Education in the Watson College. View her inspirational address here.

Faculty, graduates and their families celebrated at a reception in the atrium of the Education building the evening before official commencement ceremonies. More than 200 people attended the event, which featured hors d’oeuvres and beverages, and a photo booth for students and families.

On December 12, a reception was held to honor WCE’s nine Ed.D. graduates:

Shanita Anderson

Dissertation title: A Phenomenological Study of State-Supported Instructional Coach Experiences With Trust Development
Committee: Marsha Carr and William Holmes (co-chairs), Kristin Bolton

Diane Badakhsh

Dissertation title: Student Perceptions and Outcomes of Online Non-Credit Certificate Programs Offered by a Third-Party Educational Provider
Committee: Michele Parker (chair), James DeVita and Andrew Ryder

Christopher Gordon

Dissertation title:  Programming Environment and Teachers’ Perceptions of Constructivist-Oriented Technological Pedagogical and Content Knowledge
Committee: Amy Garrett Dikkers (chair), Heddy Clark and Amy Taylor

Francis Denise Hunt

Dissertation title:  Motivating Language Theory and Servant Leadership: Are These Tools for Effective Teacher Leadership?
Committee: Marsha Carr (chair), Kristin Bolton and Donna DeGennaro

Thad Leister

Dissertation title: Internships: The Ultimate Real Life Interview
Committee: Amy Garrett Dikkers (chair), Marsha Carr and Kevin McClure

Jason Modlin

Dissertation title: Traditional College Student Departure Due to Role Conflict
Committee: Kevin McClure (chair), James DeVita and Amy Garrett Dikkers

Shannon Register

Dissertation title: A Mixed Methods Study of the Readiness of Secondary Mathematics Teacher Leaders
Committee: Tracy Hargrove (chair), Janet Johnson and William Sterrett

Jordan Weber

Dissertation title: Adapted Fitness for Individuals with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities: A Qualitative Collective-Case Study Approach
Committee: Dana Stachowiak (chair), Susan Catapano and Amy Moody

Catherine Ziencik

Dissertation title: Transitioning from the Military to Higher Education: A Case Study of the Transition Assistance Program
Committee: Kevin McClure (chair), Michele Parker and Donyell Roseboro

Please join us in congratulating all of our outstanding 2018 graduates!

Visit the Our College Community section of the Watson Chronicle to see photos from WCE’s fall 2018 graduation celebration events and a special feature on Ed.D. graduate, Chris Gordon.