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New Director of University Studies

The Dean of Undergraduate Studies and University Studies is pleased to announce that Dr. Donald Bushman, associate professor in the Department of English, has been appointed director of University Studies, effective at the start of the Fall 2019 semester.  Dr. Beverley McGuire will remain in this role through the summer and will support Dr Bushman’s transition.  We hope you all will join us in thanking her for her three years of service as she transitions back to full time faculty status. 


As director of University Studies, Dr. Bushman will work with the Faculty Senate and the University Studies Advisory Committee, UNCW’s colleges and schools, University College, the Center for Teaching Excellence, and other campus constituents to help administer the University Studies program and strengthen that curriculum.  He will also serve as an advocate and source of information for University Studies, represent University Studies in appropriate venues, and facilitate coordination among the University Studies' Explorations Beyond the Classroom component and the work of the Office of Applied Learning.  In addition, he will work with the General Education Assessment Coordinator and others in the assessment and strategic improvement of University Studies.  The director is also responsible for the review of relevant student petitions and requests for waivers.  He will also collaborate with the Dean of Undergraduate Studies on efforts to enhance and promote undergraduate education at UNCW.


Dr. Bushman earned a Ph.D. in English, with a specialization in rhetoric and composition, from the University of Tennessee.  Prior to his appointment at UNCW, he was a member of the University of Arizona’s University Composition Board, the unit of the English Department that oversees their writing-across-the-curriculum program.  At UNCW he has served as both composition coordinator and Chair in the English Department.  He regularly teaches first-year composition classes, as well as upper-level classes on such topics as argument, style analysis, and the history of rhetoric.  He is excited to assume his responsibilities and contribute to the strengthening of UNCW’s undergraduate liberal arts experience.


Please join us in congratulating Dr. Bushman on his new role. 

Campus Open Forums for Director of University Studies

We have three candidates for the Director of University Studies position! Surveys are available to collect your feedback regarding the candidates and their open forum presentation. We welcome that feedback by midnight, Friday May 10. Further information and the job posting can be found here

Open Forum Topic:  The current state of the University Studies curriculum and their vision for next steps.


Select candidate's name to access their CV

Open Forum

Date, Time & Location


Dr. Anthony Travis Atkins

Associate Professor of English

Monday, April 29, 9:30-10:45 am

Randall Library, 2005


Dr. Donald E. Bushman

Associate Professor of English

Tuesday, April 30, 9:30-10:45 am

Teaching Lab, 1053


Dr. Linwood J. Randolph Jr.

Associate Professor of Spanish

Tuesday,  May 7, 9:30-10:45 am

Watson Education Building, 266


Apply to be a Writing Intensive Faculty Fellow!

Would you like to join a multidisciplinary conversation about how to move the university forward in its approach to and support of writing across the disciplines? Stipends of $1000 will be awarded to faculty from a variety of disciplines in this program to discuss strategies for improving writing across the disciplines at UNCW. Fellows will meet for four sessions of 90 minutes (two in spring 2018; two in fall 2018) to discuss how they instruct students about writing within their discipline, incorporate an iterative writing process in their instruction, and address challenges posed by Writing Intensive courses. Fellows will also work on individual and collaborative projects to improve writing instruction across the university by revisiting the role of WI courses in the curriculum and developing a shared vocabulary for writing strategies and concepts.

See below for details about the program. Your application should include the following:

  • Your name, department, and Writing Intensive courses that you teach
  • Examples of activities or assignments you use to instruct students about audience expectations, genre conventions, and citation practices within your discipline
  • How you approach the iterative writing process in your course (e.g. how you give feedback, etc.)
  • Challenges you have encountered in teaching Writing Intensive courses
  • A potential project for improving writing across the disciplines at UNCW

Send it as an attachment (Word or PDF file) to Dr. Beverley McGuire ( by Wednesday March 28, 2018. Email Dr. McGuire if you have any questions about the program!

Writing Intensive Faculty Fellows Program

Maximizing Student Success in High Impact Practices

A workshop with Michele Hansen and Susan Kahn, IUPUI
Friday February 23, 2018
2-4 pm
Morton 100

Click on the links below to access the handouts from the workshop:

Teaching Writing Across The University: Building on What Students Know from First Year Through Graduation

A workshop with Jessie Moore, Elon University
Monday February 12, 2018
3-5 pm
Morton 100

Click here to view a PDF of the Powerpoint slides from Jessie Moore's presentation.

WI / IL credit hour reduction (for 2018-2019)

In October 2017 the Faculty Senate voted to reduce the required hours of Writing Intensive and Information Literacy from 9 hours to 6, beginning for students next year (2018-2019 catalogue).

Writing Intensive Workshop

Dr. Wendy Sharer, Professor of English at ECU and Director of their Quality Enhancement Plan, "Write Where You Belong", will be coming to UNCW on Monday October 23, 2017 from 10:30 am - noon in McNeill Hall 1051 to deliver a workshop entitled "Smaller Steps, Bigger Rewards: Scaffolding Assignments and Enhancing Feedback in Writing Intensive Courses". She will share some strategies for scaffolding assignments in different disciplines and discuss how integrating more opportunities for students to assess their own writing over the course of the term can both save faculty time and be more useful for students in the long run. Attendees will be able to think about how to integrate those self-assessment opportunities for students into their own courses. Please join us for this workshop organized by the Center for Teaching Excellence, University Studies, and the Composition Program. Click here to view notes from the workshop

Apply to be the General Education Assessment Faculty Fellow!

Undergraduate Studies seeks a General Education Assessment Faculty Fellow for the 2017-2018 academic year. This new position will collaborate with the General Education Assessment office in strengthening the faculty role in reviewing UNCW student learning and assessment data and processes, and supporting and enhancing the communication of assessment findings.

Anticipated responsibilities include:

  • support and coordination for General Education Assessment processes at UNCW
  • assistance in disseminating General Education Assessment findings to faculty
  • assisting the General Education Assessment Coordinator and University Studies Director and the University Studies Advisory Committee in developing and implementing review processes

The rewards of the position include:

  • opportunities to discuss and share assessment findings and ways to use them, especially across and between disciplines
  • a broader appreciation of and input into how General Education Assessment is done across campus
  • opportunities to help develop future General Education Assessment initiatives and practices
  • a course release or overload pay equivalent to one course release credit per academic year

To apply for the General Education Assessment Faculty Fellow position, please send a current CV and a statement of intent of one page to Paul Townend at by noon on Friday October 13, 2017. In your statement, please address your experience with assessment, your assessment philosophy, and some ideas for increasing faculty awareness and use of assessment findings.

If you have any questions about the expectations or qualifications for the Fellow position, please feel free to contact Paul Townend, Associate Vice Chancellor and Dean of Undergraduate Studies or Lea Bullard, General Education Assessment Coordinator (

New Coordinator of General Education Assessment

Undergraduate Studies is happy to announce that Lea Bullard has accepted a new position as coordinator of General Education Assessment, collaborating with the Director of University Studies and the University Studies Advisory Committee in keeping UNCW's assessment of University Studies robust and effective. She is a homegrown Seahawk, born in Wilmington and receiving a bachelor’s degree in Biology and a Master’s of Arts in Teaching degree from UNCW. Lea returned to UNCW in September 2010 as a research assistant for General Education Assessment. Prior to that, she was a research assistant at the University of Michigan where she earned a master’s degree in Educational Assessment and Measurement. She has more than 10 years of experience in higher education as both an educator and researcher.

"I’m passionate about student learning and I look forward to supporting UNCW’s commitment to the journey of learning, inquiry, and discovery for our students. As a critical piece to supporting the learning experience, assessment of our general education program helps guide curriculum and ensures that our learning outcomes remain focused on the needs of our students and society. I am excited to continue that work and to continue to grow with UNCW.”

University Studies Requirements 2017-2018

To aid your advising for next year's incoming students, we have generated a one-page PDF that gives an overview of the requirements and rules to watch out for.

University Studies Advising Forum

Friday March 24, 2017, 1 pm

Bear Hall 106

As USAC continues to finalize the courses for the University Studies curriculum beginning in the fall of 2017, we will be holding an open forum to discuss definitive changes that may help you as you meet with your advisees. We have also created a page where you can find the list of all approved courses (that we will continue to update following spring faculty senate meetings).

If you missed the forum, you can find the Powerpoint slides from the presentation here!

UNCW Receives Funding to Prevent Stop-Outs

UNCW has received $33,000 to increase efforts to identify and prevent "stop-outs," students who fail to register for classes after attending for several semesters. The proposal, funded by University of North Carolina General Administration, will be used to develop support programs for students who have attempted at least 60 college credits and who are at risk of stopping out.

Read the full article here: Funding Will Help UNCW Prevent "Stop Outs"

University Studies Workshop

Friday, September 16, 2016, 1 - 2 pm

Bear Hall 106

Do you have any questions about the recent changes to University Studies? Hoping to propose a course for Critical Reasoning but unsure about the category? Would you like tips about how to make the certification process for current University Studies courses as smooth as possible? Come to this workshop with Paul Townend (Dean of Undergraduate Studies), Jennifer Horan (chair of the University Studies Advisory Committee), and Beverley McGuire (Director of University Studies). We will review last year’s changes, clarify the timeline and requirements for new submissions and recertifications, and offer tips for what to consider as you and your department recertify or make new proposals for each category of University Studies.  We will also field any questions that you may have. Hope to see you there!

If you missed our workshop, you can view the PDF of the Powerpoint presentation here!

New Curriculum for 2017

In the fall of 2016, we prepared for our new University Studies curriculum and held a workshop on Friday September 16, 2016 in Bear Hall 106 to discuss the new category of Critical Reasoning as well as the modifications to the Student Learning Outcomes for the other categories.

Beverly Faulks McGuire

New Director of University Studies

Beverley McGuire was appointed Director of University Studies in the fall of 2016. She looks forward to collaborating with faculty senate, the University Studies Advisory Committee, departments and schools, University College, the Center for Teaching Excellence, and all who play such a seminal role in University Studies. You can learn more about her background here.

Important Dates

Oct. 1

Deadline to submit course proposals for University Studies!