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Dr. Jenna P. Carpenter joined Campbell University as Founding Dean for the School of Engineering in July 2015. Prior to she spent twenty-six years on the faculty at Louisiana Tech University, where she served for ten years as an engineering department head and seven years as Associate Dean.  Her research focuses on integrated science, engineering and mathematics (STEM) curricula at the undergraduate level and the success of women students and faculty in STEM fields.  She has received over $3 million dollars in

National Science Foundation funding for her research in these areas.  She is currently Immediate Past-President of the Women in Engineering ProActive Network (WEPAN), which is a national professional organization which works to transform the culture in engineering education to support the success of women. 

Carpenter is the First Vice-President of the Mathematical Association of America (MAA), which is the largest professional society that focuses on mathematics accessible at the undergraduate level.  She is Chair of the National Academy of Engineering Grand Challenge Scholars Program, which seeks to prepare engineering students to address the engineering challenges of the 21st century. She is an ABET Evaluator for general engineering programs.  She is Chair of LongRange Planning and past Vice President for the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE), which is the professional society committed to furthering engineering and engineering technology education.

Carpenter regularly advises and speaks about diversity in STEM fields and undergraduate STEM education for K-12, undergraduate students, faculty, and corporate audiences.  She has a TEDxMonroe talk on “Engineering:  Where are the Girls and Why Aren’t They Here?” from April 2013 and is a co-editor of an MAA book, “Undergraduate Mathematics for Life Sciences Majors.”

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