Wilmington, North Carolina
2013 Lifetime Achievement Award Recipient
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.
her retirement from the University of North Carolina–Chapel Hill, Malloy has continued
to be actively involved in NCTM. She 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.
Not only did she provide a strong foundation in mathematics education to her
students, but she also emphasized the role of mathematics education for
addressing inequities in education.
2008, Malloy was selected to present the first annual Iris Carl M. Equity Address.
Her talk, “Celebrating the Legacy of Iris Carl through Our Practice,” was a
highlight of the NCTM Annual Meeting that year. Throughout her career, Malloy
has worked to address the inequities that African American, Latino, and Native
American students face in learning mathematics. Malloy’s vision is that every
mathematics educator must provide African American students with full access to
high-quality mathematics education for success in the classroom and society.
Her passion is deeply rooted in data and real-life evidence demonstrating that
all students can learn rich, high-level mathematics if given opportunities to
engage in worthwhile, rigorous mathematics tasks in a supportive environment.
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.”
nominator “learned to love Carol’s ‘up front, in-your-face’ charm … that
charming confrontational style of hers immediately got my attention to make an
important point! From that moment forward, I knew that Carol Malloy was someone
to listen to, and always think about what she had to say!”
has served on the NCTM Board of Directors, edited 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 countless contributions to NCTM
publications are noteworthy and include serving on the writing team for Principles and Standards for School
Mathematics. “Whatever she wrote about in NCTM journals and publications,
and other journals in our field, she never lost the perspective of the
classroom teacher. She always pushes her audience, but does so with the respect
and appreciation for the challenges of classroom teaching.”
impact as a phenomenal teacher and mentor has been recognized by others. 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.