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Carol Malloy recipient of University's Mentor Award for Lifetime Achievement

Carol Malloy, associate professor of mathematics education, is the 2009 recipient of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s Mentor Award for Lifetime Achievement. The University-wide award is presented to one person annually to acknowledge extraordinary lifetime contributions to teaching, learning and mentoring beyond the classroom.

Malloy, who joined the School of Education faculty in 1994, was recognized for her extraordinary spirit of giving as a mentor. One nominator wrote, “‘When we give cheerfully and accept gratefully, everyone is blessed.’ Dr. Carol Malloy passed this quotation from Maya Angelou on to me. It epitomizes her giving spirit as a mentor.... Even though my time at Carolina has ended and I am now a university faculty member myself, Dr. Malloy continues to mentor me and her other ‘kids.’ I have little doubt that her mentoring will continue even into her retirement. Dr. Malloy is a mentor for a lifetime.” 

At the School of Education, Malloy has taught secondary mathematics methods courses in the Master of Arts in Teaching program, curriculum and foundations courses for graduate students and mathematics for middle and elementary pre-service students.

She received a Favorite Faculty Award from the 1997 senior class for her “leadership, dedication and innovation in the School of Education.”

Throughout her career, Malloy has worked to address the difficulties that many students have in learning mathematics and specifically, the inequitable opportunities that African-American, Latino and Native American students often face in learning mathematics. Her research and scholarly interests and professional activities have focused on equity in education and reform.

She served on the writing team for the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics’ Principles and Standards for School Mathematics (2000), a resource that is used nationwide to improve mathematics curricula, teaching and assessment.

She recently edited a book series titled Mathematics for Every Student: Responding to Diversity (2009), published by NCTM. The three-book series presents strategies for providing high-quality mathematics instruction to all students so they can successfully learn mathematics in increasingly diverse classrooms from prekindergarten through grade 12.

Malloy has worked in national, regional and local professional organizations for equitable opportunity and quality in mathematics education. She has been active in the Benjamin Banneker Association, Inc., a national non-profit organization dedicated to supporting teachers in “leveling the playing field” to provide the highest quality mathematics learning for African-American students. She served as the association’s president from 1996-98.

Malloy earned a Ph.D. in curriculum and instruction from the UNC-Chapel Hill School of Education in 1994. Her baccalaureate degree is from West Chester University in West Chester, Penn., where she received a Distinguished Alumni Award in 2004.  

Prior to joining the School of Education faculty, Malloy taught mathematics for 20 years in public schools across the United States.

Malloy is the 12th recipient of the University’s Mentor Award for Lifetime Achievement. Created in 1997, the award was first presented to Dean Smith, long-time coach of the men’s basketball team, who exemplifies the qualities that this award honors.

Members of the University community may nominate members of the faculty or staff for this award whose work has helped students develop and attain their full potential both while students are on campus and after they graduate. Based on letters of nomination from colleagues and students, a committee comprised of previous teaching award recipients selects the finalists.

Committee members gather additional information on the finalists by interviewing department heads, reading student evaluations and conducting telephone interviews with randomly selected students. 

The Mentor Award for Lifetime Achievement, along with other 2009 University teaching awards, was announced during the halftime of the men’s basketball game on Feb. 18 and will be officially presented at a banquet this spring. The awards are administered through the office of Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost Bernadette Gray-Little.