Project Description

Jenna P. Carpenter, Ph.D., F.ASEE

Dean, School of Engineering

Campbell University


Dr. Jenna P. Carpenter is Founding Dean of Engineering at Campbell University. Her research focuses on innovative STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) education and success of women in STEM.  She has received over $4.3 million in federal funding and authored over 130 publications and presentations.


As a national expert on innovative STEM education and supporting the success of women in STEM fields, she regularly speaks around the country on these issues.  She has a TEDx talk (“Engineering:  Where are the girls and why aren’t they here?”) and has written for/been featured in a variety of national publications, such as the Chronicle of Higher Education, US News and World Report, BigBeacon Radio, DreamBox Learning, Scholastic Instructor Magazine, American Way Magazine, SWE Magazine, ASEE Prism Magazine, and MAA’s Focus Magazine, Math Horizons and College Math Journal.  She has attended national STEM events such as the White House Science Fair, White House Champions for Change event, and USA Mathematics Olympiad Banquets.


Carpenter currently serves as Steering Committee Chair and member of the Dean’s Executive Committee for the National Academy of Engineering Grand Challenge Scholars Program.  She is an ABET (engineering accreditation organization) Program Evaluator and Past President of the Women in Engineering ProActive Network (WEPAN).  Dr. Carpenter is a Fellow of the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) and past ASEE Vice President.  Currently she chairs the ASEE Long Range Planning Committee and is the Dean’s Representative for Co-Chair Elect for the ASEE Undergraduate Experience Committee.


Carpenter is currently co-Principal Investigator for the five-year National Science Foundation (NSF) grant on Professional Development Emphasizing Data-Centered Resources and Pedagogies for Instructors of Undergraduate Introductory Statistics (StatPREP).  She previously led Louisiana Tech’s NSF ADVANCE grant, which worked to create a culture of success for women faculty in STEM.


Carpenter is Immediate Past First Vice-President of the Mathematical Association of America (MAA) and currently chairs the MAA Council on the Profession and co-chairs the Joint Committee on Women.  Dr. Carpenter advises on diversity and mentoring programs for a variety of NSF-funded programs and women-serving engineering and science organizations.