Retired UNC education professor receives national honor
The National Council of Teachers of Mathematics recently named Carol E. Malloy, a retired UNC education professor, a recipient of its Mathematics Education Trust (MET) Lifetime Achievement Award for Distinguished Service to Mathematics Education.
The award honors those who over a career have contributed significantly to mathematics education through their leadership, teaching and service at the national level.
Since the award’s inception in 1994, MET has honored 45 distinguished individuals.
According to a new release sent by the council, Malloy has been a “voice and a leader in mathematics education throughout her groundbreaking career.”
“For more than four decades, the mathematics education community has felt her strong presence as a role model and an exemplar of the power of sincerity, grace, persistence, and action,” the new release said.
The news release went on to say that following her retirement from UNC, Malloy continued to be actively involved in NCTM, has demonstrated a lifelong commitment to mathematics education and has extensive experience as a mathematics teacher at the middle school, high school and university levels in urban school districts.
In 2008, Malloy was selected to present the first annual Iris Carl M. Equity Address.
Throughout her career, Malloy has worked to address the inequities that African-American, Latino and Native American students face in learning mathematics.
“Dr. Malloy challenged me to think more deeply and critically about mathematics and the teaching of mathematics,” recalled one nominator. “She has a way of pushing and stretching you intellectually to a point where you are amazed at your own growth as a scholar and thinker.”
Malloy has served on the NCTM Board of Directors, edited NCTM Yearbooks, reviewed journal manuscripts, written journal articles, served on committees, given countless presentations and been elected president of the Benjamin Banneker Association, an NCTM Affiliate.
Her contributions to NCTM publications include serving on the writing team for Principles and Standards for School Mathematics.
In 2010, she was awarded the first annual UNC–Chapel Hill School of Education Black Alumni Impact Award.
Malloy is currently serving as a lead author for Glencoe/McGraw-Hill K–12 school mathematics programs.