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Watson College Recognitions

Sunday, May 01, 2022

Carol McNulty, WCE associate professor and former associate dean of Academic and Student Affairs at the Watson College has been appointed associate provost for undergraduate education and faculty affairs at UNCW. The news was announced in a UNCW home page story on April 19: Dr. Carol McNulty Appointed Associate Provost for Undergraduate Education and Faculty Affairs. McNulty was also featured in a WilmingtonBiz story on May 3: McNulty named associate provost for undergraduate education and faculty affairs.

Candace Thompson will assume the role of interim associate dean for WCE’s Office of Engagement, Professional Learning, and Scholarship on July 1. Dr. Thompson joined the faculty at UNCW in 2008.  She taught social foundations of education and multicultural education courses for undergraduate and graduate teacher education students, and has served as chair of the Department of Instructional Technology, Foundations and Secondary Education for the past four years. In announcing Thompson’s new role, Watson College Dean Van Dempsey said, “Candace brings excellent experience, skills, knowledge, and leadership ability to this role. We will all, I am quite sure, benefit from her passion, commitment to authentic collaboration, and vitalizing sense of purpose.”

Vance Durrington will assume the role of interim chair of the Department of ITFSE on July 1. Dr. Durrington is an associate professor in the Instructional Technology program. He joined the faculty at UNCW in 2007, and served as chair of ITFSE from 2007 to 2014.

Heddy Clark and Lisa Hunt were nominated for UNCW’s 2022 Staff Award for Excellence. Clark is director of WCE’s STEM Learning Cooperative and executive director of STEM SENC. She was nominated in the public service category. Hunt is business services coordinator in the Dean’s Office. She was nominated in the customer service category. All 2022 nominees were recognized during a virtual awards ceremony on May 25 and featured in a UNCW home page story on May 26

Clark also recently graduated from North Carolina’s Education Fellowship Policy Program. EPFP is a nationally recognized fellowship program that engages a diverse and collaborative community of strategic leaders to promote equitable education policy.

Michelle Hafey, program associate for CESTEM, has received an award from Tony Carter, President of the ROCAME (Region “O” Council for the Advancement of Minorities in Engineering) Board for outstanding technical support prior to and during the ROCAME Annual Jamboree 2022. More than 100 middle and high school students from Pender, New Hanover, Brunswick and Columbus counties and Whiteville City Schools participated in the three-day event, held virtually for the first time this year. The award was presented May 13.

“Michelle’s tireless determination and teacher demeanor were great assets in accomplishing this event,” Carter said. “She worked well with adult advisors, judges and students. Michelle worked to develop platforms to deliver opportunities for students to share their knowledge in a competitive environment. Her skills were tested but she prevailed.”

Alumni Recognitions

Kayla Anderson ’17M has been named Onslow County Schools’ Teacher of the Year. Anderson, who teaches third grade at Meadow View Elementary School, holds a bachelor’s in creative writing and a Master of Arts in Teaching in elementary education from UNCW. She was featured in a WNCT story on May 24: Onslow County Schools awards Teacher of the Year honor.

Pamela Baldwin ’10 Ed.D. has been named associate dean of Academic Partnerships at Fayetteville State University. Fayetteville State University announced the news on May 10: FSU Names Associate Dean of Academic Partnerships.

Jennifer Beninate ’08, ’14M was named Johnston County Teacher of the Year in May. Beninate teaches third grade at Four Oaks Elementary School.  She was featured in a Johnston County Report story on May 13: 2022 Johnston County Teacher Of The Year Is Homegrown Success.

Carly Carmack ’20, ’21M was recently featured on WAVY-TV 10: Excellent Educators: Carly Carmack. Carmack earned an undergraduate degree in marine biology and a Master of Arts in Teaching degree in secondary education from UNCW. She is a first-year biology teacher at Churchland High School in Virginia. 

Kaylee O’Rear ’12 teaches 4th Grade English Language Arts at Littlefield Middle School. She was featured in a story in The Robesonian on May 18: Educator seeks to change world.