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Andrew Carpenter


Andrew N. Carpenter, a native of Santa Fe, New Mexico, is Vice President of Academic Affairs and Chief Academic Officer at Ellis University. He earned degrees in philosophy from Amherst College (BA, summa cum laude), the University of Oxford (B.Phil), and the University of California at Berkeley (Ph.D.); his academic specialty is the history of early modern philosophy. Dr. Carpenter has served in numerous administrative and faculty leadership roles at proprietary and not-for-profit institutions of higher learning and has significant expertise in organizational development, academic governance, academic policy creation, continuous quality improvement, strategic planning, faculty development, and the assessment of institutions of higher learning, academic programs, and student learning. Carpenter is an expert in online learning, has extensive curriculum development experience, and is a member of the peer review corps of the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association, the Accrediting Commission of the Distance Education and Training Council, and the Quality Matters Project.

Dr. Carpenter serves on the board of directors of the American Association of Philosophy Teachers and the advisory board of the International Higher Education Teaching and Learning Association; he is also active in the Professional and Organizational Development Network and serves on several academic journal editorial boards. Dr. Carpenter has an extensive publishing record in philosophy and in the scholarship of teaching and learning, including recent publications on learning assessment, developing social capital within academic communities, and administrative and academic structures in for-profit and not-for-profit institutions of higher learning. Carpenter has received four teaching awards from three institutions of higher learning and previously served as a member of the faculty executive committee at Antioch College, as the president of the faculty senates of Kaplan University and Ellis University, and as the director of Ellis University’s Center for Teaching and Learning.

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History, Philosophy, Literature, Criminal Justice, Education


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