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McCarthy honored with lifetime achievement award

Martha McCarthy

Martha M. McCarthy, Chancellor's Professor in the Indiana University Bloomington School of Education, received the Roald F. Campbell Lifetime Achievement award at the University Council for Educational Administration annual convention in November.

The highest honor given in the educational leadership field, the award recognizes senior professors in the field of educational administration whose professional lives have been characterized by extraordinary commitment, excellence, leadership, productivity, generosity and service. UCEA, a consortium of major research universities with doctoral programs in educational leadership and policy, has presented 10 of these awards since 1992.

McCarthy specializes in education law and policy and serves as the director of the High School Survey of Student Engagement, a national survey that identifies student behaviors and school characteristics that can be changed to enhance student learning.

McCarthy came to IUB in 1975. Her current research interests include church-state relations, challenges to public school programs, equity issues including sexual harassment, school uniform policies, school privatization, reform of educational leadership preparation programs, student engagement and most aspects of students' and teachers' rights.

McCarthy has received numerous awards throughout her career, including the McGhehey Award for Contributions to the Field of School Law and the distinction of being named a "Living Legend" by the National Council of Professors of Educational Administration.