Board on Human Sciences Award presented to ECU professor

Dr. Elizabeth Carroll

An East Carolina University faculty member was honored in November for her contributions to research and human sciences in higher education.

The Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities named Dr. Elizabeth “Bettie Ann” Carroll among four 2011 recipients of the Board on Human Sciences Awards. Carroll, associate professor of child development and family relations, accepted the award at the organization’s 124th annual meeting in San Francisco, Calif.

The award recognizes scholarship in the development and application of outreach and extension, extensively promoted and advanced human sciences in higher education; or significant contributions in developing the next generation of science scholars.

Carroll, who has been on the ECU faculty for 15 years, received the award for exceptional creativity and scholarship in the development, application and evaluation of outreach, extension and public service programs. She has worked to improve the lives of military families in North Carolina through the delivery of the program she developed in 2004, Essential Life Skills for Military Families. Using a $2.8 million grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, she created the program to help strengthen marriages and couple relationships by providing an engaging, evidence and skills-based curriculum for National Guard and Reserve families.

The other recipients of the awards were Penny A. Ralston of Florida State University; Mary McPhail Gray of McPhail Consulting Services it Taos, N.Mex.; and Matthew Hickey of Colorado State University.

“The Board on Human Sciences Awards recognizes outstanding members of our higher education community who have made substantial contributions to our field,” said Billie Collier, dean and professor of textiles and consumer sciences in the College of Human Sciences at Florida State University and BoHS chair. “BoHS members are proud to recognize the important contributions of four scholars who have made a positive difference in the lives of individuals, families and communities.”

Founded in 1887, the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities is a research and advocacy organization of public research universities, land-grant institutions, and state university systems. As the nation’s oldest higher education association, APLU is dedicated to excellence in learning, discovery and engagement. For more information, visit