Dr. Martha McCarthy

Martha McCarthy, Ph.D.
Presidential Professor
Educational Leadership

Martha McCarthy joins the LMU School of Education as a Presidential Professor in the Department of Educational Leadership. McCarthy’s research is in primarily educational law and policy, and the evolution and reform of leadership preparation programs. She has conducted research on most aspects of educational law, focusing recently on First Amendment issues pertaining to church/state relations and expression rights of students and school employees. She currently is working on the seventh edition of “Public School Law: Teachers’ and Students’ Rights” (with Nelda Cambron-McCabe and Suzanne Eckes). Her recent research on leadership preparation programs has entailed a national study (with Don Hackmann), “At a Crossroads: The Educational Leadership Professoriate in the 21st Century,” which examines educational leadership units and the characteristics, activities and attitudes of educational leadership faculty members.

After being a teacher and school administrator, she joined the faculty at 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. McCarthy has served as president of the Education Law Association and the University Council for Educational Administration and as vice president for Division A (Administration) of the American Educational Research Association. She has received the Living Legend Award from the National Council of Professors of Educational Administration and the Roald Campbell Lifetime Achievement Award from the University Council for Educational Administration, among numerous awards.

McCarthy earned her B.A. in elementary education and her M.A. in instructional management and planning from the University of Kentucky. She earned her Ed.S. and Ph.D. in educational leadership from the University of Florida.