Watson Chronicle

WATSON COLLEGE OF EDUCATION

Message from the Dean

Van Dempsey, Dean of UNCW’s Watson College of Education, shares a personal message about the work of the college, partnerships and collaborations, and the direction-setting work currently underway with WCE’s “Charting the Course, Navigating the Future” initiative. more...

Watson College News

Welcome to New Faculty!

The Watson College is pleased to introduce four new faculty members in the Department of Educational Leadership. Please join us in extending a warm welcome to Satlaj Dighe, Yan Liu, Shawn Savage and Samantha Silberstein. more...

WCE Faculty Honored for Scholarly Engagement and Public Service

Angelina Reid-Griffin has received UNCW’s 2021 Distinguished Scholarly Engagement and Public Service Award (Senior Scholar) and Meredith Jones has received UNCW’s Junior Scholar award. Reid-Griffin is a professor of secondary science at the Watson College. Jones is an assistant professor of early childhood education. The awards were presented at the university’s fall faculty meeting on September 9. more...

PDS Renews School Partnership Agreements

WCE’s Professional Development System recently renewed school-university agreements for a period of three years, through 2024. PDS, launched in 1993, has grown to include partnerships with 12 school districts, more than 200 schools and more than 2,000 teachers in southeastern North Carolina. more...

D.C. Virgo Begins Fourth Year as a UNCW School

D.C. Virgo Preparatory Academy welcomed 209 students on July 14, the start of the 2021-22 academic year. The school, opened in partnership with UNCW in 2018, provides innovative learning opportunities for K-8 students through strong partnerships with the university and the broader community. more...

MarineQuest Partners with WBE on Marine Science Program

Twenty years ago, Ann “Cissie” Brooks founded a marine science program at Wrightsville Beach Elementary School. Brooks retired in June, but a new partnership between UNCW’s MarineQuest and WBE ensures that the nationally recognized program will continue. In addition, the partnership gives MarineQuest use of WBE’s pier, dock and covered outdoor spaces during the summer camp season. more...

WCE Faculty Contribute to Book on Teaching Diverse Youth Literature

Cara Ward and Amy Senta, along with Lisa Brown Buchanan of Elon University, have co-authored a chapter in the book “Handbook of Teaching Diverse Youth Literature to Pre-Service Professionals.” The title of their chapter is “Deploying Black Joy: Learning to Teach Towards Abolition Through Picture Books.” The book was published by IGI Global in June. more...

Katrin Wesner-Harts Receives 2021 UNCW Staff Award for Excellence

Katrin Wesner-Harts ’16 Ed.D., director of UNCW’s Student Health Center, is the 2021 recipient of the UNCW Staff Award for Excellence. Michelle Hafey, CESTEM program associate, was also a Staff Award for Excellence nominee. Wesner-Harts, Hafey and other nominees were recognized at a virtual awards ceremony on September 22. more...

OSLE and OCEAL Receive Democracy Innovation Grant

The Office of Student Leadership and Engagement (OSLE) and Office of Community Engagement and Applied Learning (OCEAL) were awarded the 2021-22 Democracy Never Sleeps Democracy Innovation Grant from North Carolina Campus Compact. The $5,000 grant will fund two civic and democratic engagement initiatives for campus. Jaime Russell ’16 Ed.D., Erin Williamson and James DeVita are managing the grant project. more...

Tiffany Lindstrom Donates Corning Grant Award to STEM SENC

Tiffany Lindstrom, recipient of the 2021 Corning Foundation Excellence in Volunteerism Award, has generously designated her $1,000 grant award to STEM SENC. Lindstrom is a senior project engineer with Corning Optical Communications in Wilmington, and a STEM SENC steering committee member. more...

Watson College Recognitions

Daisyane Barreto, WCE recipient of the Chancellor’s Teaching Excellence Award, was recognized at UNCW’s fall faculty meeting. Amy Garrett Dikkers, Ray Pastore and Bill Sterrett were recently promoted to full professor. Morgan O’Connell was featured on Spectrum News. The Watson College is pleased to share these stories and other news. more...

Upcoming Events

Watson Preview Day – October 9

The Watson College will host a virtual preview event for high school and transfer students interested in becoming a teacher. Parents are welcome too! The event will feature information about Watson’s undergraduate degree and licensure programs, as well as a student panel discussion/Q&A. Registration is open. more...

Aspiring Leaders Summit – October 21-22

UNCW/3C will hold an Aspiring Leaders Summit at Lenoir Community College on October 21-22. Additional summits are planned for spring 2022 at Brunswick Community College and Fayetteville Technical Community College. The events are created by community college leaders for aspiring community college leaders with university partnership. Registration is open. more...

Education Updates and Features

“JUST US: Because It’s Time” Curriculum Introduced

The UNCW Office of Institutional Diversity and Inclusion: JUST US and the Office of the Arts: ARTIVISM have introduced a new interdisciplinary curriculum for middle school students that uses art integration to help students develop resiliency skills. WCE Professor Janna Robertson wrote the curriculum with WCE students Schala Harper and Kia Thompson as well as artist, Dare Coulter. more...

USH Case Study Shares Benefits of Culturally Sustaining Curriculum

WCE Associate Professor Donna DeGennaro is founder of the nonprofit Unlocking Silent Histories. USH recently published a case study that highlights the adoption and benefits of their program in Perú in order to inspire educators looking to incorporate culturally sustaining pedagogy into their classrooms. WCE’s Office of Teacher Education and Outreach, UNCW’s Office of International Programs and the Office of Applied learning provided support for the project. more...

WCE Faculty Share Scholarship on Wilmington’s 1898 History

WCE faculty members Cara Ward, Donyell Roseboro and Denise Ousley-Exum co-presented with Lisa Buchanan of Elon University at the Teaching Black History Conference in July. The title of their presentation was “Examining the Racial Violence, Coup, and Economic Impact of the 1898 Wilmington Race Massacre.” Articles on the topic authored by Ward and Buchanan were published in the NJCSS journal Teaching Social Studies and the Taylor & Francis journal Whiteness and Education in August. more...

Coaching Research by Carol McNulty, LeAnne Smith Published

Carol McNulty and LeAnne Smith recently conducted a qualitative study to assess teacher candidate perceptions of the influence of solution-focused brief coaching. Ten WCE students, including Education Learning Community freshmen and teacher interns, participated in the study. Results were published in the International Journal of Mentoring and Coaching in Education in July. more...

Student Opportunities & Student News

WSLs Volunteer at Events, Welcome New Members

WCE’s Watson Student Leaders serve as ambassadors and represent the college through leadership, professionalism and service. As the fall semester got underway, WSLs volunteered at UNCW Move In, supported Watson College recruitment events, held a fundraiser and welcomed 29 new members! more...

UNCW’s Esports Team is Off to a Strong Start

UNCW introduced esports in 2019 to bring together a community to learn, play and teach electronic sports. The university’s Call of Duty team is currently 3-0, after winning a match against Full Sail University, the # 9 ranked team in the nation, on September 22! more...

Ed.D. Student Profile: Sameon West

Sameon West believes in “paying it forward” as he works toward his third degree from UNCW, a doctorate in Educational Leadership with a specialization in curriculum and instruction. He recently shared information about his journey and his career goal of becoming a college professor. more...

Madchen Lastinger is Featured in Hawk’s Eye View Spotlight

The Watson College is pleased to share a Hawk’s Eye View student spotlight featuring Madchen Lastinger ’22. Madchen was one of the first students in the Future Teacher Career Academy, a partnership between UNCW’s Watson College and Isaac Bear Early College High School. She is currently a senior at UNCW. more...

Support for Educators in the Field

UNCW Hosts PBL Workshop for Teachers

Twenty-four teachers participated in a three-day Problem-Based Learning workshop at the Watson College in June. CESTEM, the STEM LC and STEM SENC sponsored the event, provided by the North Carolina Science Leadership Association (NCSLA) and the Center of Excellence for Research, Teaching and Learning (CERTL) at the Wake Forest School of Medicine. more...

CESTEM Hosts Computer Science Workshop for Teachers

Shelby Morge and Chris Gordon led a CESTEM workshop in August titled “Computational Thinking and the NC Computer Science Standards.” Twelve teachers participated in the two-day workshop, designed to help K-8 teachers implement North Carolina’s new computer science standards. more...

Programs for P-12 Students

MarineQuest Introduces Coastal Engineering

With the launch of UNCW’s new Coastal Engineering degree program, UNCW’s preK-12 engineering outreach will now focus on coastal and ocean engineering. Learn more about MarineQuest’s summer and school programs that engage learners with engineering and marine technology! more...

MarineQuest Expands Coast-to-Classroom Program

UNCW MarineQuest is hitting the road in a mobile research lab this school year. As part of an expanded Coast-to-Classroom initiative, MarineQuest educators will arrive at your school with everything needed to turn an outdoor space into a science laboratory for students. Learn more! more...

Our College Community

In Memoriam: Dr. Noel K. Jones

The Watson College is deeply sorry to share the news that Noel K. Jones, who served UNCW for more than 26 years as an Associate Professor of Language and Literacy Education and Director of the UNCW Reading Recovery Training Center, passed away in July. Dr. Jones will be remembered as a dedicated teacher, beloved colleague and friend who enhanced the lives of hundreds of educators and thousands of students over his long career. more...