Watson Chronicle

WATSON COLLEGE OF EDUCATION

Message from the Dean

Van Dempsey, Dean of UNCW’s Watson College, shares a personal message of hope and inspiration – and a renewed commitment to students, campus and community partners, and the broader community – in the aftermath of Hurricane Florence. more...

Watson College News

WCE Welcomes Students Back to Campus after Hurricane Florence

On October 8, faculty and staff welcomed students back to the Watson College for the first day of classes in nearly a month following Hurricane Florence. A new website has been created to share important information about the UNCW calendar, recovery support and assistance, volunteer opportunities and general information. more...

Meet WCE’s New Leadership Team Members, Faculty and Staff!

The Watson College is pleased to announce new members of the leadership team: Associate Dean Angela Housand and Department Chairs Heidi Higgins, Candace Thompson and Marsha Carr. Please also join us in welcoming new faculty and staff including Sharon Richter, associate professor of special education and Carmen Sidbury, director of CESTEM. more...

UNCW Opens First K-8 Lab School at D.C. Virgo

UNCW has officially opened the first K-8 lab school in North Carolina. Classes began July 18 and a grand opening celebration was held July 24. UNCW has received a $5,000 donation from Family Fare Convenience Stores to aid in the startup, and the team at Bevello in Mayfaire collected school supplies for students and teachers in August. more...

WCE Dean Van Dempsey Honored for Leadership in Education

Van Dempsey, dean of UNCW’s Watson College of Education, has received the 2018 Distinguished Leadership Award from the UNC-Chapel Hill School of Education. The award was presented at the 17th annual Alumni Awards Dinner held Oct. 6 at the George Watts Hill Alumni Center in Chapel Hill. more...

UNCW Receives State Department Grant for IDEA-STEM Program

UNCW has received a grant through the U.S. Department of State for a program titled “Innovating and Designing Engaged Applications in STEM Education.” Funds totaling $188,064 will support a one-year collaborative effort to build STEM educational capacity in Pakistani middle schools. Bill Sterrett is lead PI on the grant, awarded in September. more...

Youth Programs Receives Grant for STEM Entrepreneurship in Rural Communities

UNCW’s Youth Programs has received an $118,471 grant from the Burroughs Wellcome Fund to launch I-40 E.A.S.T. (Engineering, Agriculture, Science and Technology). The two-year project is designed to engage students from rural communities in lab-based scientific investigations, career exploration, community planning and entrepreneurship. more...

Watson College Recognitions

Cathy Barlow was recently honored for her donation and sponsorship of the newly named Cathy Cross Barlow faculty office in the Education Building, Sabrina Hill-Black was honored by the NHC NAACP and Eric Irizarry ’02, ’09 M, ’14 Ed.D. was featured in We are UNCW. WCE is also pleased to announce faculty promotions and share student and alumni news and recognitions. more...

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Education Updates and Features

Watson College Faculty Collaborate on Research Impacting Student-Athlete Success

James DeVita, Bill Sterrett and Sue Combs, along with three UNCW undergraduate students, recently completed a two-year study on student-athlete success. Results from the project, funded with an ETEAL SURCA award, were published in the Online Journal of New Horizons in Education in August. The faculty team is also participating in a three-year study of student-athlete success at 9 CAA institutions, funded by the Colonial Academic Alliance. more...

Student Opportunities & Student News

24 Freshmen Join ELC Class of 2018-19!

The Watson College welcomed 24 freshmen to the Education Learning Community on campus this fall. The residential community is designed for first-year students interested in pursuing a teaching career. more...

Higher Ed Students Complete Summer Internships Across the U.S.

Over the summer students enrolled in WCE’s M.Ed. in Higher Education completed internships at universities across the country. Travis Wright, Shannon Verlotte, Patrick Gosier, Darion Bayles and Erin Carter recently shared their experiences at Emory University, Texas Tech University, UNCW and the University of Arizona. more...

Our College Community

Reception Celebrates Newly Named Cathy Barlow Faculty Office

Leaders from across campus joined faculty and staff at a reception in WCE’s Ed Lab on August 15. The event was held to celebrate retired associate provost and former WCE Dean Cathy Barlow’s donation and sponsorship of the newly named Cathy Cross Barlow faculty office in the Education Building. more...