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Martha McCarthy

President’s Professor Martha McCarthy Honored with National Leadership Award

Receives the prestigious Edwin M. Bridges Award from the University Council for Educational Administration

Martha McCarthy, SOE’s first President’s Professor, was awarded the 2011 Edwin M. Bridges Award from the University Council for Educational Administration for her long-term, high-impact program of research, teaching and service to the profession. McCarthy’s research is focused in two main areas – educational law and policy and the evolution and reform of leadership preparation programs.

The UCEA is the leading professional organization for professors of educational leadership and policy; the award is named after Edwin M. Bridges, a Stanford professor known as the father of the problem-based learning movement, which has had a major impact on the preparation of educational administrators. McCarthy served as president of UCEA from 1985-1986 and received the organization’s Roald Campbell Lifetime Achievement Award in 2004. During her presidency, she started the group’s national conference, which is now the flagship conference for the preparation of school leaders.

McCarthy joined the LMU School of Education in 2011 from Indiana University, where she most recently served as a Chancellor’s Professor and Chair of the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies in the School of Education.

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