Martha Mulligan Receives Fulbright Fellowship

Martha Mulligan Receives Fulbright Fellowship

Martha MulliganMartha Mulligan, an adjunct instructor in the SESP Master of Science in Education Program and a former SESP Teacher in Residence, received a Fulbright fellowship to teach in Singapore. Mulligan is the department chair and a mathematics teacher at Northside College Preparatory High School in Chicago.

Fulbright is the most widely recognized and prestigious international exchange program in the world. The intent of the Fulbright scholarship program, an international educational exchange program sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, is to foster leadership and build understanding between scholars in the United States and other cultures. 

Recipients of Fulbright grants are selected on the basis of academic and professional achievement, as well as demonstrated leadership potential. Mulligan is one of approximately 45 U.S. citizens who will travel abroad through the Fulbright Distinguished Awards in Teaching Program in 2016-2017.

“I applied for the Fulbright to go to Singapore so that I could learn more about the teaching and learning of algebra in Singapore schools,” says Mulligan, noting that Singapore has consistently done very well on the Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS), a test given to students in several countries every four years. “I hope to apply what I learn there to augment a summer algebra course at Northside.”

For the coming academic year, Mulligan will be assigned to a school in Singapore and will also do course work at a local university. She is also hoping to apply for additional grants for professional development while in Singapore.

Mulligan has been a National Board Certified Teacher since 2004 and was National Evaluator Certified in 2014. As a “framework specialist” in Chicago Public Schools, she works with a district-wide cohort of teachers to advance teaching and learning through the creation and dissemination of effective teaching strategies aligned to the CPS Framework for Teaching. 

During the 2009-10 academic year, she was the Teacher-in-Residence at Northwestern’s School of Education and Social Policy. In 2007, Mulligan received a DRIVE (Delivering Results through Innovation and Visionary Education) award, chosen as one of 26 outstanding teachers out of 26,000 Chicago Public Schools teachers. 

During her career at Northside Prep, she has taught all four levels of an integrated, standards-based mathematics curriculum, mentored pre-service teachers, taught elective classes, led a service learning trip, awarded grants and sponsored extracurricular activities. Prior to teaching at Northside Prep, Mulligan was on the faculty at Perspectives Charter School and Harper High School.

By Marilyn Sherman
Last Modified: 7/13/16