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Sr. Mary Paul McCaughey

Sr. M. Paul McCaughey takes her 24 years of experience as a principal and her almost seven years as superintendent of Schools for the Archdiocese of Chicago into the classes at DePaul and into her roles as mentor, coach, and consultant. She is passionate about turning the best of the research into lived practice at schools so that school leaders can build the structures and climate that ensure that every student is given the chance for academic success and personal well-being. In engaging future school leaders in informed conversations around the vision, planning, and communication needed for successful cooperation, Sr. Paul hopes to give future school administrators tools for transformation.

  • Theology and the Social Sciences, Chicago Theological Seminary ABD
  • Type 75 Educational Supervisory and Administrative Certification, DePaul University
  • MS in Business Administration, University of Notre Dame
  • MA in Theological Studies, St. Louis University
  • BS in Elementary Education, Quincy University

Courses Taught

  • AS 873 Advanced Human Resources
  • A&S 491 Effective Leadership of Schools
  • A&S 492 The Principalship
  • A&S 498 Instructional Supervision and Support
  • A&S 499 Planning for Professional Development
  • A&S 494 School Finance 
  • A&S 570: History, Philosophy, and Theological Foundations of Catholic School Leadership 
  • A&S 571 Spiritual and Administrative of Catholic Schools
  • A&S 588/688: Service Learning for Higher Education 
  • A&S 608: Capstone in Educational Leadership 
  • A&S 801 Leadership Theory and Practice
  • A&S 873 Current Trends in Budgeting and Finance
  • SCG 527 Issues in Global Education Seminar
  • W40345: Building Effective Religious Education Programs in Parishes and School (taught through DePaul University’s partnership with CTU)
Research Interests
​Catholic school leadership; strategic planning

Selected Publications

  • Practical Prayers: Grace, Guts and Catholic School Leadership. Washington. DC, National Catholic Educational Association, 2020

Selected Presentations

  • OMG, Oh, My Board April, NCEA Dallas, 2023
  • Mission in Motion, Diocese of Portland ME, October 2023
  • Creating University Partnerships with Small and Mid-Sized Dioceses, NCEA Leadership Summit, Raleigh NC, October 2023
  • Women as Agents of Healing and Transformation, Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Chicago, November 2023
  • Integration of Catholic Social Teaching in the Classroom Series, Archdiocese of Chicago, 2023-24​