Dr. Beryl Watnick is a professor in Union Institute & University’s Doctoral Program. She joined UI&U as Director of the Masters of Education and Educational Specialist Programs in 2001 and served as Dean of the Undergraduate College, Florida Academic Center, from 2009-2014. During this time, she was core faculty in Union’s doctoral program. Prior to joining the University, Dr. Watnick taught special education in urban settings and later became an administrator with Miami-Dade County Public Schools directing family literacy and parenting programs at school sites, the Homestead Migrant Camp and a women’s correctional facility. Dr. Watnick concurrently also served as the Director of the school district’s Early Head Start Program. During her time with the school district, she wrote and was awarded several state and federal grants for mothers and young children.
Dr. Watnick currently teaches seminars in Educational Studies, Critical Writing and Thinking, Research, and Leadership and Change. She is also overseeing the Educational Leadership Certificate. She has published and presented on neuroscience and early development, special education, transformative learning in Maternal Child Health, gender and collaboration in the academy, and issues within Higher Education.
Dr. Watnick holds a BS from Boston University, an M.Ed. from Barry University, an Educational Leadership certificate from Nova Southeastern University, and her Ph.D. in Early Childhood Special Education from Union Institute & University.