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UW-Eau Claire Names Associate Dean
in College of Education and Human Sciences

RELEASED: June 4, 2007

EAU CLAIRE — A longtime educator who taught in public elementary and middle schools and at higher education institutions has been named an associate dean in the College of Education and Human Sciences at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.

Dr. Dwight C. Watson
Dr. Dwight C. Watson

Dr. Dwight C. Watson will serve as associate dean of the Teacher Education Program and chair of the departments of curriculum and instruction and foundations of education, Katherine Rhoades, dean of the College of Education and Human Sciences, announced this week. Watson will begin his new duties in July.

"Dr. Watson has spent more than 23 years in the education profession," Rhoades said. "His experience in the classroom and in various leadership positions will serve him well as he moves into this important position at UW-Eau Claire."

Watson currently serves as associate professor of education and chair of the education department at Hamline University in St. Paul, Minn. He also is the interim director of the Center for Excellence in Urban Teaching in St. Paul.

In his new position, Watson will coordinate assessment activities and improvement initiatives for the Teacher Education Program. Other duties will include leading faculty and staff recruitment, retention, promotion and tenure decisions; and creating new and nurturing existing partnerships with area schools, agencies, community organizations and other stakeholders.

Watson began his career in education as an elementary and middle school teacher at public schools in South Carolina. He moved into higher education in 1994, first at institutions in North Carolina and later in Minnesota.

Watson earned his Ed.D. at North Carolina State University in Raleigh, N.C. He earned his master's and bachelor's degrees from the University of South Carolina in Columbia, S.C., and an associate's degree from the University of South Carolina in Sumter, S.C.

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