Faculty Hall of Fame Award 2002
Dr. Margie McMahan is a native of rural Lawton and a graduate of Lawton High School. She graduated from Oklahoma State University in 1962 with a bachelor's degree in vocational home economics. She later received a masters of education and doctor of education from the University of Oklahoma.
Prior to joining the home economics faculty at Cameron in 1973, she taught elementary school for one year at Flower Mound Elementary School and taught at Lawton High School for eleven years. She established the Cameron University Child Development Center in 1974 and became a member of the Education Department faculty in 1988.
Dr. McMahan is nationally recognized as a certified home economist through the American Home Economics Association and as a national validator of early childhood education programs through the National Academy for the Education of Young Children. She has served as president of the Oklahoma Home Economics Association and as president of the Oklahoma Association of Early Childhood Teacher Educators. She has served and continues to serve on numerous department and university committees.
In 1993 she became the first professor from Cameron University to teach classes in Germany as part of the Master in Early Childhood Education program. In 1997, she was one of the first professors to teach a Onenet interactive television class. She was honored with the Hackler Award for Teaching Excellence for 2001-2002 through the Cameron University Foundation.
A testament to her leadership, nurturing and guidance.....the Cameron University Presidents Partners awarded the Child Development Center $100,000 in 1994. If you aren't familiar with the child development center - it's a popular preschool program for four-year-olds which has a four-year waiting list - meaning parents literally enroll their children while they are in the womb.
In addition to authoring dozens of research papers and making numerous academic presentations, she has been actively involved in university activities throughout her career. There is also a long list of community committees and organizations that have benefitted from her involvement including her church, United Way and the Flower Mound community.