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WATSON COLLEGE OF EDUCATION

Conference Aims to Draw HS Students of Color to the Teaching Profession

UNCW’s Watson College of Education, in partnership with UNC Pembroke, will host a four-day virtual recruiting event titled “Walk Toward Your Purpose: Becoming a Teacher of Color.” The event, designed for high school students interested in exploring a potential career in education, is the first in a series of WCE initiatives designed to recruit teachers of color and help build a more diverse teaching profession. The conference will be held June 7-10. Registration is open. more...

Watson College News

Cindy Wiseman Receives Robert E. Tyndall Service Award

Cindy Wiseman, director of the Office of Professional Experiences in the Watson College of Education, is the 2020 recipient of the Robert E. Tyndall Service Award. The award is presented every two years to a non-tenure-track WCE employee in recognition of dedication to teaching, commitment to the college, ability to work well with all constituents and the capacity to lead his or her area in a new direction. more...

WCE Faculty to Participate in National Autism Research Study

Amy Moody, Sharon Richter and James Stocker are part of an accelerated research team that will conduct interventions for children with Autism. The Special Education Research Accelerator, initiated by the University of Virginia, brings together top researchers from across the country to conduct high-quality, large-scale studies to address critical questions in the field of special education. more...

ARRC Receives Grant to Develop Rural-Serving Definition

The Alliance for Research on Regional Colleges (ARRC), a collaboration between leading higher education scholars at four universities has received a $428,000 grant from Ascendium Education Group to develop an evidence-based definition and accompanying list of public and private rural-serving institutions. UNCW’s Kevin McClure, a co-director of AARC is named on the grant, led by Appalachian State University. more...

WCE Faculty Introduce Mobile App, Coastal Eco Explorer

Dennis Kubasko and Amy Taylor have partnered with CAS professor Lucas Layman to develop Coastal Eco Explorer, an interactive mobile app for the exploration of coastal NC wildlife at Carolina Beach State Park and Fort Fisher State Recreation Area. The unique educational tool guides hikers through the park’s 13 native ecosystems, and is available free to park visitors, teachers and the public. Supplemental resources, lesson plans, trail videos and ranger-guided tours of featured ecosystems are also accessible on the website. more...

Edelmira Segovia Honored with Distinguished Alumni Award, Selected for Endowment Board

Edelmira Segovia, ’98, ’12Ed.D. is the first recipient of the UNCW Alumni Association’s Distinguished Diversity Award. She has also been selected to serve on the New Hanover Community Endowment board, responsible for overseeing $1.25 billion from proceeds of the sale of New Hanover Regional Medical Center to Novant Health. Segovia is director of Centro Hispano in the Office of Institutional Diversity and Inclusion at UNCW. more...

Angelia Reid-Griffin Featured in UNCW Video

The Watson College is pleased to share a new Seahawk Stories video featuring Angelia Reid-Griffin. Reid-Griffin is a professor of secondary science at the Watson College and coordinator of UNCW’s Junior Seahawk Academy. The video was first shown on WWAY on March 4. more...

Symphony Oxendine is Featured in We Are UNCW

The Watson College is pleased to share a We Are UNCW profile featuring Symphony Oxendine. Oxendine is an assistant professor in the Department of Educational Leadership, and coordinator of WCE’s Ed.D. program with a concentration in higher education leadership. more...

“JUST US” Program Connects Arts and Resiliency

UNCW has partnered with local school and community groups on a pilot program that uses art integration to help students develop resiliency skills. “JUST US” was recently offered to seventh graders in several local middle schools, including D.C. Virgo. WCE professor Janna Robertson and two WCE students developed the program curriculum. The pilot culminated in an exhibit that will be on display at the Cameron Art Museum through April 18. more...

WCE Alumna Abbey Emerson Named NHCS “Rookie of the Year”

Abbey Emerson ’19 has been named New Hanover County Schools’ 2020-21 “Rookie of the Year.” Emerson earned a degree in elementary education from the Watson College. She currently teaches first grade at Carolina Beach Elementary School. The award was presented in February. more...

Jasmine Gaston is Featured in UNCW Magazine

Jasmine Gaston '19M, former director of UNCW’s youth engineering programs, is now an aerospace engineer in NASA’s Propulsion Systems Division. She was featured in a story in the Winter 2021 edition of UNCW Magazine: Actually, It IS Rocket Science. more...

Watson College Recognitions

Wilson Okello gave the opening address at Westminster College’s Diversity Week 2021 in March. Frances Carter has been selected for the 2021 Leadership Institute sponsored by WILMA magazine. Sabrina Hill-Black and Sue Kezios were nominated for the YWCA’s annual Women of Achievement Awards. The Watson College is pleased to share these stories and other news. more...

Upcoming Events

D.C. Virgo Virtual Open House – April 17

D.C. Virgo, UNCW’s K-8 school in Wilmington, is now enrolling students for the 2021-22 school year. The school will host a virtual open house for prospective elementary and middle school students and families on Saturday, April 17 from 10 a.m. to noon. Registration is open. more...

Graduate Information Sessions – April 15, 22

Want to get ahead at work, broaden your skillset or change your career entirely? Explore our degree, certificate and licensure programs! The Watson College is also partnering with UNCW’s Graduate School to offer general information sessions in April. more...

Miracles in Motion 5K and 1 Mile Run – April 23

The Watson College is a Silver Medal Sponsor of the 8th Annual Miracles in Motion 5K and 1 Mile Run, Walk or Roll to benefit all ACCESS of Wilmington programs. The event will be held on Friday, April 23, 2021 at 6:00 p.m. at The Miracle Field at Olsen Park. more...

Challenging the Paradigm Virtual Conference – May 13-14

Join the Watson College of Education UNCW/3C Collaborative and Community College Leaders from across the state for the second annual Challenging the Paradigm Virtual Conference on May 13-14. The theme of the event is “Partnerships Promoting an Evolution of Diversity.” Registration is open. more...

Education Updates and Features

Student Opportunities & Student News

Students Form New Group to Promote Diversity in the Sciences

UNCW students Ashantee Pickett and Makayla Oneil have formed People of Scientific and Equitable Achievement (P.O.S.E.A.), a new student-directed initiative in support of inclusion, diversity and equity in the sciences. The students held their first public event, “Coloring the Ocean,” a discussion of personal journeys to becoming marine and environmental scientists on February 28. more...

WSLs Host Events, Show Support for WCE Interns

WCE’s Watson Student Leaders have found innovative ways to remain connected to the Watson College, the community and each other. This spring, they raised funds for the Child Development Center, held professional development events and sent words of encouragement to students completing internships during a challenging semester. more...

UNCW Senior Receives Full Esports Scholarship for Grad School

UNCW senior Scott Swartz has been awarded a full scholarship by St. Edward’s University in Austin, Texas where he will play Call of Duty on the varsity team while pursuing his MBA. Swartz will graduate from UNCW this summer with a degree in business administration and an esports certificate. Over the past year he has been an active member of UNCW’s Esports Club where he leads the university’s Call of Duty team. more...

UNCW Video Features WCE Grad Student Dominique Travers

Dominique Travers '20, '22M.Ed is one of three recent scholarship recipients featured in a new UNCW video, “Students Like No Other.” Dominique holds a degree in communication studies and has been a member of UNCW’s softball team since 2016. She is currently enrolled in WCE’s master’s program in higher education. more...

Isaac Bear News and Updates

Forty-five Isaac Bear Early College High School students participated in the 2021 Southeast Regional Science Olympiad. The varsity team finished in second place overall and the IBECHS junior varsity team took top honors in their division at the competition, held in February and early March. The Watson College is pleased to share this story and other IBECHS news. more...

D.C. Virgo is Going Green!

D.C. Virgo teachers are partnering with UNCW faculty to engage Virgo students in environmental sustainability through a series of garden projects and special events. On March 20, UNCW Sustainability held an “Our Green Future” event for Virgo students, and an electronics recycling drive held March 13 in partnership with UNCW Recycling collected 3,292 pounds of electronics! more...

Support for Educators in the Field

PDS Hosts Professional Learning Events for Partnership Teachers

WCE’s PDS Office holds Professional Learning Days each semester for site coordinators and partnership teachers hosting interns from the Watson College. In March, the Professional Learning "Day" was spread across an entire week to accommodate busy teacher schedules. The theme of the series was “Techno-Stressed? Fostering Resilience in Yourself and Your Students!” more...

Fulbright Fellows Creatively Explore the Question, “Why Teach?”

UNCW welcomed thirteen international fellows from the Fulbright Teaching Excellence and Achievement Program to Wilmington in January. Over the course of six weeks, the fellows participated in academic studies and workshops, virtual field experiences and cultural exchanges. On March 11, Candace Thompson, Kathryn Batten and Tonia McKoy engaged the fellows in a creative exploration of the question, “Why Teach?” more...

Harris Muhlstein is Guest Speaker at Foldscope Live Workshop

MarineQuest School Programs Coordinator Harris Muhlstein led a Foldscope Live workshop on February 16. The workshop, titled “Investigating Plankton and Harmful Algae with Foldscope!” was the 16th episode in a series of live online experiences filmed with presenters from all over the world. Foldscope introduced the series in May 2020 to help people stay connected to science during the global pandemic. more...

Programs for P-12 Students

CESTEM Co-Hosts Regional Science Olympiad

Approximately 600 middle school and high school students participated in the Southeast Regional Science Olympiad, held virtually in February and March. Michelle Hafey, CESTEM program associate, was co-director of the tournament with Scott Grumelot from the Fayetteville region. Awards were presented during a virtual ceremony on March 9. more...

Regional Science and Engineering Fair

Sixty students from three counties exhibited projects during the 2021 Southeast Regional Science and Engineering Fair, held virtually in February. Heddy Clark, interim director of CESTEM was director of the tournament and co-host at a virtual awards ceremony held on March 2. more...

WCE Hosts Future Teacher Conference

Forty students from area high schools and community colleges participated in a virtual Future Teacher Conference at the Watson College on March 27. The event, held each semester, gives students an opportunity to learn about the teaching profession and programs offered by the Watson College. more...

Our College Community

M.J. Giammaria Helps Students Connect through Cooking in a Virtual World

M.J. Giammaria is known as the “Kitchen Maestro” in the Ed Lab, where cooking has long been part of the tutoring experience. In 2018, she received a Friends of UNCW Award to develop a kitchen classroom kit for children. Since last fall, M.J. has assembled, packed and mailed more than 500 kits to Watson students and their tutees to help them stay connected through cooking in a virtual world. more...

WCE Faculty and Staff Repot Ed Building Plants

Shoutout to Frances Carter, Misty Cayton, Tammy Clark, Nicole Geczi, Colleen Opalka and Bill Sterrett for helping to keep the Ed Building beautiful despite the pandemic. The Building Committee members met in the courtyard of the Education Building one morning in February to repot WCE’s beautiful Peace Lilies. more...