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Carol Malloy to be honored for career dedicated to mathematics education

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Carol Malloy

Carol Malloy (Ph.D. ’94), a retired member of the School of Education faculty, will be honored with a lifetime achievement award by the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics for her service to the field of mathematics education.

Malloy will be given the organization’s Lifetime Achievement Award for Distinguished Service to Mathematics Education during at the NCTM’s annual conference in April in Denver, Colorado.

Malloy retired from the School of Education in 2009 after a 15-year career at Carolina, teaching 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.

Throughout her career, Malloy 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 focused on equity in education and reform.

Judith Meece, professor of educational psychology at the School of Education, was one of the nominators.

In her nomination letter, Meece praised Malloy’s teaching and the leadership she provided in the field of mathematics education. She also praised Malloy’s service to the Carolina and School of Education communities and for her efforts to help young students in most need of assistance.

“Through her professional service to national boards, she has strived to improve mathematics education for underrepresented youth,” Meece said in her letter. “In all my years of reviewing promotion documents for associate, full, and distinguished professors, I have not seen this level of service for Dr. Malloy's ten-year record as a faculty member at UNC-CH. This record of service is distinguished and worthy of a NCTM lifetime achievement award.”

During her career at Carolina, Malloy was recognized for her teaching and service. She was the 2009 recipient of the University’s Mentor Award for Lifetime Achievement, presented to one person annually to acknowledge extraordinary lifetime contributions to teaching, learning and mentoring beyond the classroom. ┬áIn 1997 she received a Favorite Faculty Award from the senior class.

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

She edited a book series titled “Mathematics for Every Student: Responding to Diversity,” 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 four urban school districts across the United States.

Malloy will be recognized at the NCTM’s annual meeting, during the organization’s Mathematics Education Trust Celebration.

Malloy lives in Wilmington with her husband, William, who is also a retired member of the School of Education faculty.