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Monday, November 01, 2021

Sara Movahedazarhouligh, Sheri Conklin and Wilson Okello had the highest number of peer-reviewed journal article publications among faculty members at the Watson College in 2021-22. Their scholarship was recognized by the UNCW Research and Innovation Office in a Growing Research & Innovation Together video shared at an awards ceremony on November 5.

Movahedazarhouligh is an assistant professor of early childhood education in the Department of Early Childhood, Elementary, Middle, Literacy and Special Education. Conklin is an assistant professor of instructional technology in the Department of Instructional Technology, Foundations and Secondary Education and Okello is an assistant professor in the Department of Educational Leadership.

Watson College faculty members featured in UNCW’s 2021 Research Magazine are:

  • Caitlin Ryan, associate professor of language and literacy, who received the 2020 CLA Research Award from the Children’s Literature Assembly of the National Council of Teachers of English for her work with the K-8 Rainbow Book Club Project.
  • Meredith Jones, assistant professor in the Department of Early Childhood, Elementary, Middle, Literacy and Special Education, who received the 2020 Early Career Research Award from the National Association of Early Childhood Educators.
  • Science faculty members Amy Taylor and Dennis Kubasko, recognized for their Coastal Explorers App, a mobile application to teach Island Ecology at Carolina Beach State Park.
  • Special Education faculty members Amy Moody, Sharon Richter and James Stocker, recognized for their participation in a national autism research study.
  • Kevin McClure, associate professor of higher education, recognized for being a co-founder and director of the new research collaborative Alliance for Research on Regional Colleges (ARRC).
  • WCE Associate Dean Bill Sterrett, recognized for his work with colleagues across campus on an NSF Grant that supports first-year students’ research efforts in Marine Sciences.
  • James DeVita and the UNCW/3C Collaborative, recognized for UNCW’s new Community College Undergraduate Research Experience (CCURE).
  • Amy Garrett Dikkers, professor in the Department of Educational Leadership, recognized for partnering with Jennifer Fernandez-Villa to host international fellows from the Fulbright Teaching Excellence and Achievement Program.

Donyell Roseboro participated on a panel at New Hanover County’s virtual public forum, “Let’s Talk: Community Violence” on November 15. The panel featured local law enforcement, representatives from community groups and parents who discussed issues that are leading to and are a direct result of violence in the community. Roseboro was featured in a WECT story about the forum: New Hanover County holds public forum to address community violence. Roseboro is UNCW’s Interim Chief Diversity Officer and a professor in WCE’s Department of Instructional Technology, Foundations and Secondary Education.

Janna Robertson was co-director of the Eighteen Forward project, an initiative that brought 18 artists and dozens of volunteers together to design a “Black Lives Do Matter” art installation at Jervay Park in Wilmington. The project is the topic of a short documentary, Eighteen Forward, directed by Brad Walker and Zai from Lighthouse Films. The documentary was shown at the Cucalorus Film Festival on November 12. Robertson was featured in a WECT news story on November 10: Documentary about “Black Lives Matter” art installation to premiere at Cucalorus Film Festival. Robertson is a professor in WCE’s Department of Instructional Technology, Foundations and Secondary Education.

Michelle Hafey has been elected to serve two-year term as Director of District 2 for the North Carolina Science Teachers Association. NCSTA promotes excellence in science teaching and learning. District 2 serves Sampson, Wayne, Greene, Lenoir, Craven, Pamlico, Jones, Onslow, Duplin, Carteret, Pender, New Hanover, and Brunswick counties. Hafey is a program associate in UNCW’s Center for Education in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (CESTEM), and a member of the 2020-2022 cohort of the North Carolina Science Leadership Association’s NCSLA Science Leadership Fellows Program.  

Jerome Hoskins ’11M is author of the article, “Member Viewpoint: Adaptability,” published in the November issue of the National Auto Auction Association’s On the Block magazine. Hoskins earned a Master of Science degree in Instructional Technology from the Watson College in 2011. He is currently Manager of Training & Implementation at Auction Edge, Inc.