- President's Award for Distinguished Teaching (2005)
Mary McMullen is a professor of curriculum studies in early childhood education and associate chair in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction in the School of Education at IU Bloomington. She began her career at IUB as an instructor for IU's Groups Program in mathematics (1993), the Department of Psychology (1993-1994), the Department of Applied Health Sciences (1993-1995), and the School of Education's Counseling and Educational Psychology (1994). Prior to her tenure at IUB, she was a teacher and an early childhood program director in Florida and Bloomington. She earned a B.S. in physical sciences (1981) from Michigan State University and an M.S. (1987) and a Ph.D. in child development (1992) from Florida State University.
McMullen's primary research and teaching interests involve factors that influence the healthy overall growth, development, learning, and well-being of young children, birth to age 8. She examines teaching beliefs and practices across cultures and contexts, looking at factors that influence and ensure the well-being of the parents and professionals who care for our youngest citizens. She has written books, handbooks, journal articles, essays, and reports on early childhood education. The most recent being the Handbook of Early Childhood Education and Care edited with C.P. Brown and N. File (Wiley Blackwell Publishing, 2019).
McMullen has received numerous teaching awards from IUB and the School of Education, including the Teaching Excellence Recognition Award (1996, 1997, and 1998), the Trustees Teaching Award (2000, 2001, 2003, and 2012), the Award for Excellence in Mentoring (2004), the President's Award for Teaching Excellence (2005), and the Burton W. Gorman Teaching Award (2014). She is involved as a member in the National Association for Early Childhood Teacher Educators (NAECTE), the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), and the European Early Childhood Education Research Association (EECERA), to name a few.