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 his outlook for the 2017-18 academic year. more...

Watson College News

Watson College of Education

Welcome to New Faculty!

The Watson College is pleased to introduce five new faculty members. Please join us in extending a warm welcome to Meredith Jones, Brooke Langston-DeMott, Symphony Oxendine, Kerry Robinson and James Stocker. Please also join us in welcoming Dawn Carter, development officer for the Watson College, a position in UNCWs Division for University Advancement. more...

UNCW, NHCS Hold Public Forums on Proposed Lab School

UNCW and New Hanover County Schools are inviting the community to weigh in and “dream big” as planning begins for a proposed laboratory school at D.C. Virgo Preparatory Academy in downtown Wilmington. The lab school initiative is the result of recent legislation designed to provide enhanced learning experiences for students in low performing schools. Community forums will be held on Oct. 19 and Nov. 8. more...

UNCW Hosts Community S.T.E.A.M. Celebration

UNCW welcomed the community to a celebration of science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics on Sept. 23. More than 500 children, teens, adults and volunteers participated in the event, which featured interactive learning stations, presentations and tours of facilities used for S.T.E.A.M. learning and research. more...

Hundreds Gather at Watson to Watch the Solar Eclipse

Nearly 1,200 people from across campus and the Wilmington community gathered at the Watson College on Aug. 21 to view a rare solar eclipse. The family-friendly event, planned by WCE’s Department of EEMLS in partnership with CESTEM, featured educational activities, exhibits and eclipse-themed snacks. more...

Amy Garrett Dikkers Edits New Book on Online Learning

WCE associate professor Amy Garrett Dikkers is co-editor of the book Social Presence in Online Learning. The book was published in May by Stylus Publishing in association with The Online Learning Consortium. It is the sixth book in the series, “Online Learning and Distance Education.” more...

WCE Response to Charlottesville: Open Forums, Mural Art Projects

Following violence in Charlottesville, VA, in August, the Watson College convened a series of open discussions and initiated mural art projects to combat hate and racial violence. More than 250 individuals across campus contributed to a “Radical Love” mural that now hangs in UNCW’s Warwick Center. The mural, featured in a StarNews story on Sept. 12, will remain on display at Warwick until Thanksgiving. more...

Robert Tyndall Receives Lifetime Achievement Award

UNCW professor emeritus Robert Tyndall has received a Lifetime Achievement Award from StarNews Media in recognition of his 45-year career in education, including 28 years in leadership roles at UNCW. Dr. Tyndall was featured in a StarNews video and story and honored at a luncheon ceremony on Aug. 15. more...

WCE Alumnus Honored as Onslow County Teacher of the Year

Nicole Martin was named Onslow County Schools’ 2017-18 Teacher of the Year on Sept. 13. Martin earned a Master of Arts in Teaching in Secondary Science Education from the Watson College in 2013. She teaches biology and AP environmental science at Northside High School. more...

WCE Graduate Appointed to NC Teaching Fellows Commission

Ebonie Brownlee ‘15M has been named to the 14-member NC Teaching Fellows Commission. The commission was created to determine which programs will participate and which students will receive forgivable loans when the Teaching Fellows program is re-introduced starting in the 2018-19 academic year. Brownlee is a third grade teacher in Onslow County. more...

WCE Faculty Recognized for Excellence at UNCW Fall Meeting

Three Watson College faculty members were recognized at UNCW’s fall faculty meeting on Sept. 5. Mahnaz Moallem was honored with a Distinguished Faculty Scholar Award, Donna DeGennaro received UNCW’s Distinguished Scholarly Engagement and Public Service Award (Junior Scholar) and Amy Moody is the recipient of the UNCW Chancellor’ Teaching Excellence Award. more...

Watson College Recognitions

Kristine Adams was recognized for exemplary service to the university on Sept. 13. WCE is also pleased to announce new interim department chairs and faculty promotions, welcome new staff and share alumni news and recognitions. more...

Upcoming Events

UNCW’s Lab School Journey Gets Underway

UNCW and New Hanover County Schools will host community forums on Oct. 19 and Nov. 8 to discuss and gather input about a proposed laboratory school at D.C. Virgo Preparatory Academy. The forums will be held from 5:30 - 7 p.m. at D.C. Virgo, 813 Nixon Street in Wilmington. more...

NC School-University Partnership Summit – Oct. 20-21

The Watson College will host a summit of UNC school-university partnerships in October. Throughout the summit, participants will pose current school-university partnership problems of practice, explore successes and challenges, and take away new ideas related to collaborative PDS work. more...

Second Annual Alumni Event with Retired Faculty – Nov. 1

On Nov. 1 the Watson College of Education and WCE’s Alumni Chapter will host a reception to bring alumni together with faculty and staff from multiple eras in the college’s history. Register today to come share memories and stories and catch up with fellow alumni and former professors. more...

Education Updates and Features

EdNC Reports on Teacher Pipeline in North Carolina

Watson College Dean Van Dempsey and undergraduate student Carlen Burch were featured in a recent EducationNC story about North Carolina’s teacher pipeline. The story, “A complex cycle: Teacher supply and demand” by reporter Adam Rhew was published Aug. 22. more...

Student Opportunities & Student News

WCE Students Travel to Belize, Kuwait, London, Malawi and the Netherlands

The Watson College provides students the opportunity to work and study in schools throughout the world. Over the summer, WCE faculty members led field experiences to Belize, London, Malawi and the Netherlands. This spring, four students visited Kuwait to teach at the American Creative Academy. Information sessions on 2018 international opportunities will be held throughout the fall. more...

WCE Hosts Orientation for Ed.D. Cohort Nine

Twenty-two students comprise cohort nine of WCE’s doctoral program in Educational Leadership. Watson College Dean Van Dempsey, Graduate School Dean Ron Vetter, Associate Deans Donyell Roseboro and Carol McNulty and Ed.D. Program Coordinators Marsha Carr, Kevin McClure and Donna DeGennaro welcomed the new students at an orientation at the Watson College on Aug. 4. more...

22 Freshmen Join ELC Class of 2017-18!

The Watson College welcomed 22 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...

WSLs Volunteer at UNCW Events

Watson Student Leaders participated in UNCW’s Involvement Carnival on Aug. 30. They also volunteered at Seahawk Saturday and UNCW’s S.T.E.A.M. celebration in September. more...

Support for Educators in the Field

PDS Connects with School Partners as Academic Year Begins

WCE’s Professional Development System Office held a series of meetings and events in August and September for district superintendents, principals and partnership teachers. Assistant PDS director Jenn Knight visited schools to lend support to Beginning Teacher programs as the 2017-18 academic year got underway. more...

WCE Faculty, Students Participate in World View Program

Susan Catapano, Elizabeth Crawford, Donna DeGennaro and MAT students Kelly Ventrola and Martina Croom-Schoefberger joined hundreds of K-12 educators and faculty at UNC World View’s Partner Program in Onslow County on Aug. 22. Catapano, Crawford and DeGennaro were presenters at the event, designed to support global education efforts in K-12 schools. more...

Programs for P-12 Students

Fall Tutoring Begins in the Ed Lab

This fall, 105 undergraduate and MAT students will provide one-on-one instruction for children in grades K-8 through the Education Laboratory located on the UNCW campus. An additional 25 pre-service teachers will tutor elementary age children at WCE’s extension Ed Lab in Jacksonville. more...

Our College Community

Watson Wednesdays is Still Going Strong

In March, the Watson College introduced a T-shirt and social media campaign to promote the college and celebrate the teaching profession. Watson Wednesdays is still going strong! Look for Watson shirts on campus and in the community and share photos with us. more...

WCE Introduces Dare to Soar!

Faculty, staff and students are invited to fly with Seahawk wings! Stop by the atrium of the Education building to participate in a new project introduced by Janna Robertson, Christine Liao and students enrolled in WCE’s arts integration classes. more...