Academic Affairs

Text: Provost's Perspectives, An Update from Provost Sheerer

August 24, 2018                               NEWSLETTER ARCHIVE

Dear Colleagues,

Welcome back to returning faculty and staff, and an especially warm welcome to new faculty and staff! We in Academic Affairs are looking forward to a productive year ahead and are glad to see and feel the campus back in action. As provost of this institution, I feel fortunate to work with such committed, quality people who put students and our mission in the forefront. 

Please pay special attention to our 'numbers' section to review enrollment and other important data. This information reflects the work and commitment of many staff and faculty on our campus.

New Administrators in Academic Affairs

Please join us in welcoming the following new administrators in Academic Affairs:

  • Interim Graduate School Dean Dr. Carol McNulty will maintain oversight of all academic and fiscal responsibilities for the Graduate School. Carol holds a doctor of philosophy in elementary education from the University of Georgia in Athens, GA; an M.Ed. in early childhood education from Mercer University in Atlanta, GA; and a bachelor’s degree with a double major in elementary education and psychology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She joined the Watson College of Education as an assistant professor in 2006 and was named Associate Dean for Academic and Student Affairs in 2012. Her new appointment began July 1.

  • Interim Associate Provost for Research Dr. Stuart Borrett joined UNCW in 2007 as an assistant professor in the Department of Biology and Marine Biology. During his tenure, he has served as an Honors College faculty fellow, a leadership development fellow and a dean’s faculty fellow, working to strengthen the university’s community and culture. In his new role at UNCW, Stuart will act as the chief research officer, assisting the university leadership in developing, coordinating, maintaining and increasing research activities. He will also manage the Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship. He holds a Ph.D. in ecology from the University of Georgia in Athens, GA, and a bachelor’s degree in biology from Austin College in Sherman, TX.

  • Associate Vice Chancellor for Distance Education Dr. Jeremy Dickerson ’97, ’99M began July 14 following a national search and will provide leadership and guidance to the university’s online and distance learning programs, including the Office of e-Learning and the Onslow Extension Office. He brings nearly 20 years of experience in instructional technology, online course development and program management, teaching and research to this role. His commitment to seamlessly integrating technology-rich higher education programs into the overall fabric of a university community makes him an ideal fit for this strategic position. Dickerson is a proud Seahawk, having earned a Bachelor of Arts and a master’s degree in education from UNCW. He also holds a doctoral degree in technology education with a minor in training and development from N.C. State. He previously served in the U.S. Army Reserve and is a native of Onslow County, NC.

  • Director of Institutional Effectiveness—The Office of Institutional Research and Planning welcomed Dr. Kelly Charles on May 14. Kelly brings a wealth of experience in assessment and accreditation to campus and will have oversight responsibility for the systematic, explicit, and documented process of measuring performance against the institutional mission, and working collaboratively to provide the best evidence of UNCW’s commitment to continuous improvement. She hold a Ph.D. in higher education administration from Morgan State University in Baltimore, MD, master’s degrees in both school administration and PK-12 teaching, and a bachelor’s degree in special education.

  • University Librarian—Wilmington native Dr. Lucy Holman began July 2 providing collaborative leadership and  exemplary library services for both the campus and community, while representing Randall Library at the local, regional, state, and national levels. She reports to the senior associate provost. She most recently served as dean of Langsdale Library at the University of Baltimore and holds a Doctor of Communications Design from the University of Baltimore; a master’s in library science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; a master’s of human development and learning from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte; and a bachelor’s in journalism and history from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

  • Director and Associate Dean of Honors College Dr. Shawn Bingham has more than 15 years of experience in higher education and brings a great deal of expertise to UNCW. He will oversee all Honors College programming, encouraging curiosity, critical thinking and the importance of lifelong learning. He will also work to attract and retain academically talented individuals and prepare Honors students to be successful global citizens. Bingham will use his vast experience to enrich, direct and support UNCW’s growing Honors program. At the University of South Florida’s Honors College, he developed new co-curricular programs, increased faculty participation across campus and hired the Honors College’s first full-time faculty. He was integral in developing innovative and interdisciplinary undergraduate learning opportunities, collaborating with faculty and department chairs campus-wide to build a unique curriculum filled with experiences students could not find elsewhere. Bingham holds a Ph.D. in sociology from American University; an M.Ed. in special education from the University of Maryland at College Park; and a bachelor’s degree in social sciences from Flagler College in St. Augustine, FL. He began his appointment July 1.

We have three positions open that will require searches this year: Associate Director of Honors College; University Registrar; and Associate Vice Chancellor for Community Engagement. We will be announcing the search committees soon and working to fill the positions by January 2019.

New Faculty Orientation

New faculty participated in a very well-designed, three-day orientation program conducted by the Center for Teaching Excellence and Faculty Leadership last week. The Center is under the direction of Dr. Diana Ashe, Director; Dr. Matt TenHuisen, Associate Director; and Dr. Colleen Reilly, Applied Learning Faculty Associate.

We are very appreciative of their organization and delivery of this program. Feedback has always been especially positive and helps new faculty get off to a smooth transition at our university.

Budget Planning and Disbursements

The Chancellor’s Cabinet is working hard to select budget priorities from the many requests we have received from all units on campus. Enrollment growth will generate new resources, but the amount will not be determined until the fall enrollment is confirmed on September 5.

Meanwhile, the colleges have received initial disbursements for getting searches underway for faculty, staff and other needs. By the end of September, we should be able to make additional decisions based on strategic priorities and needs.

The Wisdom of C.D. Spangler

Some of you may have read the article reprinted in the StarNews following the passing of C.D. Spangler written by D.G. Martin, but I have included excerpts from it below in the interest of reflecting on his leadership. His daughter, Anna Spangler Nelson, is a current member of the UNC Board of Governors.

“For him, the multiple campuses of UNC composed one university under the state’s constitution. His tenacious support for ‘low tuition’ slowed down the rising cost of public higher education, CD Spanglermaking possible the life-changing experiences for thousands of young North Carolinians.

Spangler said his job was not to know how to do everything, but to identify, recruit and support people he could trust to succeed. Though wealthy, Spangler had simple tastes. His office was basic. His official car was a compact so modest that it lacked an FM radio. He was also sparse when it came to staff meetings. He thought they were usually time wasters. Spangler gave back all his salary from the university, and his family has poured millions of dollars more.”

Note:  The System endowment created by Spangler supports the distinguished professors on our campuses.

Higher Education Employment Report

The number of jobs in higher education increased 0.6 percent, or 24,200 jobs, during the fourth quarter of 2017. Job postings for part-time faculty and administrators declined in Q4 2017, while postings for full-time faculty and administrators increased.

Fall Faculty Meeting

I encourage all faculty to attend the meeting scheduled for Monday, September 10 at 4 p.m. in McNeill Hall, Room 1005. The Chancellor will lead a discussion on the question of doctoral status for UNCW, and the official agenda is as follows:


Welcome. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Chancellor Sartarelli
Greetings from SGA President . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Mr. Cole Tillett '20
Chancellor’s Report . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  . Chancellor Sartarelli
Faculty Senate Report . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Dr. Steve Meinhold
                   Presentation of Distinguished Faculty Scholar Award
Provost’s Report . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  . . . . . . . . . . Provost Marilyn Sheerer
Faculty Awards Presentation
  • Chancellor’s Teaching Excellence Award Recipients
  • Board of Governors Award for Excellence in Teaching Recipient
  • J. Marshall Crews Distinguished Faculty Award, presented by Ms. Kimberly McNeill ‘86, ‘97M—Alumni Association Board of Directors
  • Lecturer of the Year Award
  • Graduate Mentor Award
  • Excellence in e-Learning Award
  • Distinguished Scholarly Engagement and Public Service Award
  • Distinguished Teaching Professorship Award
  • Board of Trustees Teaching Excellence Award
  • Years of Service Cord Presentation
Old Business . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Chancellor Sartarelli
New Business

Final Thoughts

“Uncomfortable conversations on a variety of topics are vehicles for promoting growth in people!”  (Statement from the New York Times Higher Education Conference in NYC in the spring.)

Best wishes for a successful start of the academic year!


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Marilyn Sheerer
Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs