Kennesaw State professor named American Council on Education Fellow

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Maureen McCarthy identified among nation’s most promising senior administrators KENNESAW, Ga…

Georgia (Mar 26, 2015)Maureen McCarthy identified among nation’s most promising senior administrators

KENNESAW, Ga.  (March 26, 2015) — Maureen McCarthy, faculty executive assistant to Kennesaw State University President Daniel S. Papp and professor of psychology, has been named an American Council on Education Fellow for the 2015-16 academic year. McCarthy is one of 47 fellows nationwide to be selected to this year’s program following a rigorous application process.

As an ACE Fellow, McCarthy will spend the next academic year focusing on an issue of concern to a college or university president and other senior officers at a soon-to-be-determined host institution. The ACE Fellows Program is designed to strengthen institutions and leadership in American higher education by identifying and preparing emerging leaders for senior positions in college and university administration.

Appointed in spring 2012, McCarthy is the third person to hold the position of faculty executive assistant to Kennesaw State’s president. As the faculty voice on the President’s Cabinet, she has been instrumental in the move to consolidate Kennesaw State and Southern Polytechnic State University, as well as efforts to establish an organizational framework for Kennesaw State’s engagement with local, state, national and international communities.

“Maureen has been an invaluable member of Kennesaw State’s administrative team,” said Papp. “She has lent her insights, knowledge and leadership to a number of very critical initiatives. I am proud of her accomplishments, and I am confident that she will make an outstanding ACE Fellow.”

A distinguished professor in Kennesaw State’s College of Humanities and Social Sciences, McCarthy has taught a range of undergraduate and graduate courses. She also conducts research in the areas of pedagogy, assessment of student learning and program evaluation, publishing frequently in these areas. Along with co-authors, she published a comprehensive guide to program evaluation for programs and departments in the humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences. She has served as associate executive director for the American Psychological Association’s (APA) Office of Pre-College and Undergraduate Programs, as president of the Society for the Teaching of Psychology, and is a fellow of both the APA and the Association for Psychological Science. She holds a Ph.D. in Research and Evaluation from Oklahoma State University.

“I am excited about the opportunity to represent Kennesaw State University as a member of the 50th anniversary class of ACE fellows,” said McCarthy. “The ACE Fellows program provides a wonderful opportunity to expand on my most recent experience as the faculty executive assistant to the president and to engage in transformative solutions to help meet the challenges facing institutions of higher education today.”

In addition to working with a host institution, McCarthy will join other fellows as they participate in retreats, interactive learning opportunities, campus visits and placement at another higher education institution to condense years of on-the-job experience and skills development into a single semester or year.

ACE President Molly Corbett Broad noted that the Fellows Program is celebrating its 50th anniversary. Since it was established in 1965, nearly 2,000 higher education leaders have participated, with more than 300 fellows serving as chief executive officers of colleges or universities, and more than 1,300 serving as provosts, vice presidents and deans.

“The ACE Fellows Program enters its second half century committed to further growing and strengthening the nation’s premier higher education leadership development program,” Broad said. “The diverse and talented 2015-16 Fellows class embodies why the program has been such a vital contributor to expanding the leadership pipeline for our nation’s colleges and universities.”

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Kennesaw State University is the third-largest university in Georgia, offering more than 100 undergraduate, graduate and doctoral degrees. A member of the University System of Georgia, Kennesaw State is a comprehensive university with more than 32,000 students from 130 countries. In January 2015, Kennesaw State and Southern Polytechnic State University consolidated to create one of the 50 largest public universities in the country. 

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A leader in innovative teaching and learning, Kennesaw State University offers undergraduate, graduate and doctoral degrees to its nearly 43,000 students. With 11 colleges on two metro Atlanta campuses, Kennesaw State is a member of the University System of Georgia. The university’s vibrant campus culture, diverse population, strong global ties and entrepreneurial spirit draw students from throughout the country and the world. Kennesaw State is a Carnegie-designated doctoral research institution (R2), placing it among an elite group of only 6 percent of U.S. colleges and universities with an R1 or R2 status. For more information, visit