Professor Lucille McCarthy began teaching at UMBC in 1988. Since that time, her primary passion has been and remains classroom teaching, more specifically her commitment to explore with students the nature of effective writing and provocative and socially aware literature. This same passion for teaching lies behind her long career as a researcher.
At the center of her many articles and books is her desire to know more about the pedagogies that best promote student learning and writing. Five of her six books and many of her articles focus on student classroom experiences and have won her recognition from her colleagues. This recognition includes two James N. Britton Awards for Research in the English Language Arts, the first in 1993 for a study of writing in the academic disciplines and the second in 2000 for her book John Dewey and the Challenge of Classroom Practice (coauthored with philosopher Stephen Fishman).
Professor McCarthy's latest book is John Dewey and the Philosophy and Practice of Hope, co-authored with Stephen M. Fishman (University of Illinois Press, 2007). This book is an interdisciplinary study of philosophic and psychologic theories of hope and the ways these theories are put into practice in the lives of undergraduates. Her Whose Goals? Whose Aspirations? (2002) explores the struggles of "underprepared" student writers at the university level and the teaching approaches that helped them. In addition to studying writing in academic settings, Professor McCarthy has conducted research in medical settings. For her work in this area, she won an NCTE award for Research Excellence in Technical and Scientific Communication in 1995. Professor McCarthy received her BA from Stanford University, her MA from the University of Chicago, and her Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania.