Maureen leads the UIC Center for Literacy's Parent and Family Engagement Programs and a number of other literacy initiatives in Chicago.
She has been associated with the UIC Center for Literacy since 1992 and currently serves as a Program and Evaluation Specialist. Meehan’s work and research interest over the past 30 years has focused on adult and family literacy. She currently administers the UIC Parent & Family Engagement Programs, a network of family literacy initiatives; the Chicago Center for Early Education; and the Resource Center for Autism & Developmental Delays, all developed in partnership with the Chicago Department of Family and Support Services. She has also managed the Center for Literacy AmeriCorps program since 2003.
Meehan was Co-director of three Early Reading First programs (2006-2013) funded to develop models of excellence in Chicago Charter schools and Archdiocese of Chicago preschool classrooms.
Meehan has served on both state-wide and national literacy committees including the Literacy Volunteers of Illinois Board of Directors, the National Assessment of Adult Literacy Standards Setting Committee, the Illinois State Board of Education Adult Literacy Standards Committee, the Chicago Early Childhood Development & Health Service Advisory Committee, and the Chicago Citywide Literacy Coalition Steering Committee.
Dr. Meehan was named a Bilingual Education Fellow by the U.S. Department of Education in 1993. She received her Ph.D. in Education from the University of Illinois in 2000 and her contribution to the university’s mission of service was recognized in 2004 when she received the UIC Award of Merit.