The Richard P. Manatt Fellowship was created in honor of Dr. Dick Manatt, University Professor of Educational Administration at Iowa State University, who served as a teacher, counselor, school administrator, and professor during a distinguished career that spanned nearly 50 years. As a university professor and director of the School Improvement Model (SIM), he supervised research projects totaling more than $5 million and authored five books and more than 100 articles. Dr. Manatt is perhaps best known by his students for his exceptional commitment to their personal and professional development. During his nearly 40 years at ISU, he served as major professor for 175 Ph.D. students in educational administration. His dedication to mentoring graduates of the program and supporting their work continued long after they received their degrees. Upon Dr. Manatt's retirement in May 2002, his students and friends established the Richard P. Manatt Fellowship, which provides partial funding to support and develop the nation's best educational administration scholars as they pursue the Iowa State University doctoral program in Educational Administration.
The Educational Administration faculty in the School of Education are pleased to announce this year's recipient of the Richard P. Manatt Fellowship: Carolyn Manard. She receives a one-time award of $2000 towards her doctoral studies and will be honored at the College of Human Sciences awards reception.
Carolyn Manard is currently in her seventh year as Boone Middle School Principal and second year as Director of Special Education for the Boone CSD. She also served as Assistant Principal at Boone High School for four years. Prior to entering administration, Manard taught high school students with disabilities in the Muscatine Community School District. Manard has her Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education from the University of Iowa, Masters of Science in Special Education from Western Illinois University, Masters of Education in Educational Leadership from St. Ambrose University and her superintendent endorsement from Iowa State University.
As middle school principal,. Manard created a program called Club Day: Focusing on school & community vision, building strong relationships with students, building leadership capacity among teachers, and community engagement. On club days, teachers participate in like interests activities with students, join in character development assemblies, and provide service to the community. She has spoken nationally three years in a row at the Association of Middle Level Education Conference (AMLE) to share her experience starting this program.
As Special Education Director,. Manard created a program for high school students with moderate to severe disabilities to get on-the-job experience while attending high school to help prepare them for the world of work. The program is called Experience Based Career Education (EBCE) and her school district contracts with a local agency that serves adults with disabilities. The program has been adopted by five Iowa high schools. Manard collaborated with the same agency and together wrote a grant to create the EBCE program for adults called the Adult Career Exploration (ACE) program. The grant was approved this summer and the ACE program will serve five counties in Iowa.
Manard is married to Dr. Brad Manard, superintendent of the Boone Community School District. Together they have two children; Jonathan, an 18 year-old junior at Iowa State University, and Benjamin, a 16 year-old junior at Boone High School.
All doctoral students in Educational Administration who demonstrate exceptional promise for scholarship, character, and school leadership are eligible to become Manatt Scholars.
Deadline: Applications are due each year in September.
More information: Dr. Joanne Marshall may be contacted for more information.