William Woods University Appoints New Associate Provost

Sherry (Carter) McCarthy, chair of the division of education at William Woods University, has been appointed associate provost for academic services and assessments. A resident of Millersburg, McCarthy has worked at William Woods for five years.

“The appointment highlights both the growing importance of academic assessment and the relationship between academic assessment and the technical management of academic information,” Provost Lance Kramer said in making the announcement of McCarthy’s appointment.

The offices of registration and records and academic advisement, which previously reported to the provost, will now report to McCarthy. She will also serve as a member of the academic council.

Larry Ewing will assume responsibilities as interim chair of the division of education, in addition to his duties as education graduate program coordinator.

McCarthy joined William Woods in 1996 as an assistant professor of education and student teacher supervisor. She was appointed to chair the division of education in 1997. She is the director of William Woods Summer Academy for Gifted Students.

A former high school English teacher, McCarthy has been recognized for her expertise by the Arkansas Department of Education. In 1991 and 1992, she was selected to serve on a committee to revise content guides for English in K-12. The department of education also selected her to be on the committee to grade writing assessment essays in 1994 and to serve on a committee to help develop a state exit exam in writing in 1995.

McCarthy received an Outstanding Teacher Fellowship from the International Education Foundation to attend a seminar for teachers at Oxford University in England in 1996.

She is a member of several professional organizations, including the American Association of University Women and the National Council of Teacher of English. She is active in Delta Kappa Gamma, an honorary women educator’s society, and has served as president of her local chapter and state finance committee chairperson.

President-elect of MOUAE (Missouri Unit of the Association of Educators), McCarthy also participates in the Kingdom of Callaway Chamber of Commerce’s Leadership Callaway.

She has received many honors, including Phi Delta Kappa’s “Excellence in Teaching” award from the Fayetteville, Ark., chapter. She was nominated by her school district as Arkansas Teacher of the Year and honored at a governor’s reception in 1990.

McCarthy received her bachelor of science, master of education and doctoral degrees all from the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville. She had more than 25 years of teaching experience in public school classrooms before going into higher education.