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Catherine Marshall

Bob Eaves Jr. and Catherine Marshall, the School of Education's second Robert Wendell Eaves Sr. Distinguished Professor.

Bob Eaves Jr. and Catherine Marshall, the School of Education's second Robert Wendell Eaves Sr. Distinguished Professor.

Today we recognize Catherine Marshall as the School of Education’s second Robert Wendell Eaves Sr. Distinguished Professor.

The Robert Wendell Eaves Senior Distinguished Professorship was established by Robert Eaves Jr. in honor of his father. Robert Eaves Senior was a life-long educator. He began his career as a teaching principal in an elementary school in Spindale, N.C. In 1932 he became a principal in Alexandria, Va., then went to work in Washington, D.C. During the Washington years he earned a master’s and a doctorate degree in education from George Washington University.

In 1944, he joined the staff of the National Education Association, becoming executive secretary of its Department of Elementary School Principals in 1950, a position he held until his retirement. A sign of the affection he earned was exemplified when  6,500 elementary school teachers and principals gathered at his retirement celebration in Las Vegas in 1969.

His son, Robert Wendell Eaves Jr. has been a longtime friend of the School of Education, signified by his being awarded our Distinguished Leadership Award during our Alumni Awards Luncheon in September. Eaves, our state’s First Gentleman as husband to Gov. Bev Perdue, has served on the boards of education-related groups, such as the Public School Forum of North Carolina and the James B. Hunt Institute for Educational Leadership and Policy, working to advance informed decision-making among education policy leaders.

Catherine Marshall joined the School of Education in 1991. She obtained her B.A. and her M.A. from the University of Rhode Island, and her Ph.D. from the University of California at Santa Barbara. She has worked as a high school social studies teacher. She became an assistant professor of education leadership at the University of Pennsylvania, then went on to Vanderbilt and Harvard before joining us here at Carolina.

Catherine has focused her career on describing and seeking to dismantle oppressive practices, particularly those that prevent women from achieving their full potential. She has written extensively on women’s issues and has been nationally recognized for her work in the areas of feminism and social justice.

This year, her commitment to women’s issues earned her the University’s Mary Turner Lane Award, given by UNC-Chapel Hill to people who make outstanding contributions to the lives of women students, faculty, staff and administrators at Carolina.

She has written extensively and made presentations around the world in the areas of feminism and politics, social justice, educational leadership and qualitative methods. Her scholarly work has been recognized many times. Catherine is the recipient of the Politics of Education Association’s Stephen Bailey Award for her lifetime achievements and contributions to the field. Likewise, the University Council for Educational Administration gave her its Roald Campbell Award for her accomplishments over her career.

Catherine has authored or co-authored 20 books, and other monographs. She has been the lead author on at least 85 articles and chapters.  She is regular presenter at professional conferences and workshops. She serves her field as an article and book reviewer, editor, proposal writer and editorial board member. Catherine has served on many School and University committees, including on Faculty Council and other campus governance bodies. She is serving as chair or has chaired 44 dissertation committees.

Catherine, who teaches courses in qualitative research methods, politics of education, policy and leadership education, gender, leadership for social justice, is known among her students for pushing them to meet high standards. They also know her as being deeply concerned about their wellbeing.

Please join me in congratulating our new Robert Wendell Eaves Sr. Distinguished Professor, Catherine Marshall.