McCarthy receives American Psychological Association award

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Maureen McCarthy awarded Presidential Citation for contributions to teaching of psychology KENNESAW…

Georgia (Aug 14, 2014)Maureen McCarthy awarded Presidential Citation for contributions to teaching of psychology

KENNESAW, Ga.  (August 14, 2014) —The American Psychological Association’s Division 2 – the Society for the Teaching of Psychology – has awarded a Presidential Citation to Maureen McCarthy, faculty executive assistant to Kennesaw State University President Daniel S. Papp and professor of psychology.

In presenting the award at the APA’s annual meeting in Washington, D.C., last week, the division’s president cited McCarthy’s “substantial contributions to teachers of psychology everywhere."

"The Presidential Citation is the highest award possible to receive within our division," said Eric Landrum, the Society for the Teaching of Psychology’s 2014 president and professor of psychology at Boise State University.  "A maximum of two such awards are presented each year, and I am pleased to report that from over 4,000 individuals who were considered for this award, Dr. McCarthy was selected to receive this distinguished and well-deserved honor. Her contributions should be celebrated widely.”

McCarthy regularly conducts program reviews as a member of the APA’s education directorate and previously served as president of the STP.  She is a member of the organization’s Division 35, which is the Society for the Psychology of Women, and its Evaluation, Measurement, and Statistics Division 5. She also is a fellow of the American Psychological Association and the Association for Psychological Science, and serves as a member of the Advanced Placement Psychology Test Development Committee and the Social Studies Academic Advisory Committee for the College Board.

“I am just one of the many members of the society committed to teaching, so receiving this citation is truly an honor,” McCarthy said. “I am deeply grateful and humbled to receive the Presidential Citation from the Society for the Teaching of Psychology."

As psychology professor, McCarthy has taught introductory psychology, as well as courses in research methods, experimental psychology, ethics and professional issues in applied psychology, principles of psychological testing, and the senior seminar. In 2012, Kennesaw State’s College of Humanities and Social Sciences named her “Distinguished Professor.”

McCarthy conducts research in the areas of pedagogy, assessment of student learning, and program evaluation and is the author of numerous scholarly publications, including “Quality Benchmarks in Undergraduate Psychology Programs” in American Psychologist. Jossey-Bass publishers recently released an extension of that work – “Using Quality Benchmarks for Assessing and Developing Undergraduate Programs.” The volume offers a comprehensive approach to program assessment and evaluation to help programs and departments in the humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences use assessment data to improve undergraduate education.


Kennesaw State University is the third-largest university in Georgia, offering 90 graduate and undergraduate degrees, including doctorates in education, business and nursing and a Ph.D. in international conflict management. A member of the University System of Georgia, Kennesaw State is a comprehensive, residential institution with a growing student population of more than 24,600 from 130 countries.


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