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Jeff Carpenter

Assistant Professor of Education and Director of Teaching Fellows Program
Mooney 209A
2105 Campus Box
Elon, NC 27244
jcarpenter13@elon.edu (336) 278-5969

Brief Biography

I am a teacher educator who researches, theorizes, and teaches about new and innovative modes of student and teacher learning.  In particular, I am interested in ways by which collaboration, technology, and collaborative technologies facilitate the teaching and learning process. Currently, I am researching the Edcamp model of professional learning and how social media can enhance student learning and teacher professional development.

Having myself spent time as a student and K-12 teacher outside of the United States, I approach education, teaching, and learning from a global perspective. I primarily teach courses to students in our Secondary, K-12, and Middle Grades Teacher Education Programs. I also teach outside the School of Education in Winter Term study abroad and Global Studies courses.

I am a native of Seattle, WA, and the child of educators. I taught English and ESOL in public and private schools in Japan, Honduras, Boston, Virginia, and North Carolina for 10 years. I also worked with high school dropouts and taught in the Secondary Teacher Education Program at the University of Virginia before coming to Elon. Outside of the US, I have lived in England, Ecuador, Japan, and Honduras, and traveled to +40 countries on 6 different continents.

 

Education

  • Ph.D., University of Virginia, Curriculum and Instruction, May 2009
  • Ed.M., Harvard University, Teaching and Curriculum, Specialization in English, May 2001
  • B.A., Rice University, Magna Cum Laude: English and Sociology, May 1997
  • Academic Year Abroad, Universidad San Francisco de Quito, Ecuador, Sept. 1995 - June 1996

Employment History

Higher Education

  • Assistant Professor, Secondary & K-12 Programs Coordinator, School of Education, Elon University, August 2010 - Present
  • Director of Elon Teaching Fellows Program - August 2014 - Present
  • Clinical Instructor, School of Education, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC, August 2008 - May 2010
  • Graduate Fellowship, Curry School of Education, University of Virginia, August 2005- July 2007
  • Clinical Instructor, Curry School of Education, University of Virginia, September 2003 - June 2005

K-12 Education

  • English Teacher, Carrboro High School, Carrboro, NC, August 2008 - June 2010
  • ESOL Instructor, Pittsylvania County Public Schools, Chatham, VA, October 2005 - June 2006
  • English Teacher & Department Chair, Monticello High School, Charlottesville, VA, May 2003 - June 2005
  • English Teacher, Louisa County High School, Mineral VA, August 2001 - June 2002
  • English Teacher Intern, John D. O'Bryant School of Math and Science, Boston, MA, September 2000 - May 2001
  • English Teacher, Escuela Bilingue Honduras, Comayagua, Honduras, August 1999 - June 2000
  • ESOL Teacher, Shimojo Junior High School, Shimojo, Japan, July 1997 - July 1999

Related Professional Experience

  • Consultant, USAID Quality Learning Project, Central Asia, administered by Creative Associates International, Inc., June 2011 - March 2012
  • Consultant, Casenex, LLC, Charlottesville, VA, October 2005 - May, 2010
  • Consultant & GED Instructor, Community Partnerships Inc., Durham, NC, October 2007 - June 2008
  • Project Coordinator, Visions Service Learning, Virgin Gorda, British Virgin Islands, Summer 2003

Courses Taught

Fall 2013

EDU 450 Teaching Diverse Learners in Middle Grades and Secondary Schools

EDU 355 Teaching in 21st Century Classrooms

GST 110 The Global Experience

Previously Taught

EDU 303 Explorations Seminar

GST/STA 268 Costa Rica Jungle Service

EDU 450 Teaching Diverse Learners in Middle Grades and Secondary Schools

EDU 355 Teaching in 21st Century Classrooms

EDU 302 Explorations Seminar

EDU 483 Thoughtful Analysis of Practice: Capstone Seminar II 

EDU 350 Classroom Management for Secondary Teachers

ELON 101

Grants Awarded

Principal Investigator, Elon Noyce Scholars Program, Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarship Program, National Science Foundation

 

Publications

Carpenter, J.P., & Krutka, D.G., (2014). Engagement through microblogging: Educator professional development via Twitter. Professional Development in Education. DOI:10.1080/19415257.2014.939294

Carpenter, J.P., & Krutka, D.G.(2014). How and why educators use Twitter: A survey of the field. Journal of Research on Technology in Education, 46(4), 414-434. DOI:10.1080/15391523.2014.925701

Carpenter, J.P. (2014). Twitter's capacity to support collaborative learning. International Journal of Social Media and Interactive Learning Environments, 2(2), 103-118.

Carpenter, J.P., & Krutka, D.G. (2014). The assorted affordances and uses of Twitter: A survey of educators. Proceedings of the American Educational Research Association 2014 Annual Meeting. 

Carpenter, J.P., & Krutka, D.G. (2014). Chat it up: Everything you ever wanted to know about Twitter chats but were afraid to ask. Learning and Leading with Technology, 41(5), 10-15.

Carpenter, J.P., & Pease, J.S. (2013). Preparing students to take responsibility for learning: The role of non-curriculum-based skills. Journal of Curriculum and Instruction, 7(2), 38-55.

Pease, J.S., & Carpenter, J.P. (2013). Building skills for independent learning. ASCD Express, 8(11).

Carpenter, J.P., & Pease, J.S. (2012). Sharing responsibility for learning. Phi Delta Kappan, 94(2), 36-41.  

Carpenter, J.P., & Pease, J.S. (2012). Assignments students own. ASCD Express, 7(25).

Carpenter, J.P., & Weathers, S. (2012). Talk to your students about Travyon Martin. Education Week, 31(28), 22-23. 

Pease, J.S., & Carpenter, J.P. (2012). Questions come first: A review of "Make just one change: Teach students to ask their own questions" by Dan Rothstein and Luz Santana. The New Educator, 8(3), 278 - 280.

Carpenter, J.P. & Pease, J.S. (2011). Working smarter, not harder: Cultivating a sustainable approach to teaching. Virginia Educational Leadership, 8 (1), 38-51.

Presentations

“The Back Channel: Giving Students a Voice With Technology.” Featured presentation at the 2014 High Schools That Work Annual Conference in Nashville, TN.

“Twitter Chats: Free, ‘Oddly Invigorating’ Professional Development.” Featured Presentation at the 2014 High Schools That Work Annual Conference in Nashville, TN.

“Google 101: Google Apps for Beginners.” Carpenter,  J.P., & Martin, M. Presentation at the 2014 High Schools That Work Annual Conference in Nashville, TN.

"Wow, I can do that? Harnessing the Power of Google." Carpenter,  J.P., & Martin, M. Presentation at the 2014 High Schools That Work Annual Conference in Nashville, TN.

“The assorted affordances and uses of Twitter: A survey of educators.” Carpenter, J.P., & Krutka, D.G. Presentation at the 2014 American Educational Research Association Annual Meeting.

“Using Social Media for Professional Development.” Presentation at the 2014 National Science Foundation Robert T. Noyce Program Southeast Regional Annual Conference in Greenville, SC.

“Opening the Backchannel: Using Technology to Increase Interaction and Engagement.” Presentation at the National Science Foundation Robert T. Noyce Program Southeast Regional Annual Conference in Greenville, SC.

“Teaching Students to Ask Questions in the Science Classroom.” Presentation at the National Science Foundation Robert T. Noyce Program Southeast Regional Annual Conference in Greenville, SC.

“Take Collaboration to the Next Level with Google+.” Carpenter, J.P., & Linton, J. Presentation at the 2014 North Carolina Technology in Education Society Conference in Raleigh, NC.

“Techology Tools that Support the Writing Process.” Presentation at the 2014 NC Collaborative Conference for Student Achievement in Greensboro, NC.

“How and Why Socials Studies Educators Use Twitter.” Carpenter, J.P. & Krutka, D.G. Presentation at the 2014 International Society for the Social Studies Annual Conference in Orlando, FL.

“Preservice Teachers Engaging with Social Media.” Invited presentation at the February 2014 NC Region 5 Media and Technology meeting in Burlington, NC.

“'Tweet', 'Pin', 'Snap', and 'Scoop' it: Using Social Media and Curation Programs to Help Pre-Service Teachers 'Re-ivent' Their Profession.” Carpenter, J. & Shea, T. Accepted presentation to be given at the 2013 National Council of Teachers of English Annual Convention in Boston, MA.

“Why and How English Teachers Should Be on Twitter.” Carpenter, J.P., & Thomasson, A. Presentation at the 2013 North Carolina English Teachers Association Annual Conference in Wilmington, NC.

“Tech Tools to Support the Writing Process.” Carpenter, J.P., & Justice, M. Presentation at the 2013 North Carolina English Teachers Association Annual Conference in Wilmington, NC.

“Using Twitter to Extend and Democratize the Classroom Space.” Presentation at the 2013 International Society for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Annual Conference in Raleigh, NC.

“Educators' Use of Twitter for Professional Learning.” Carpenter J. & Linton, J. Presentation at the 2013 North Carolina Association of Colleges of Teacher Education Fall Forum in Raleigh, NC.

“Sharing Responsibility for Learning – The Student’s Role.” Invited presentation at the 2013 High Schools that Work Annual Conference in Charlotte, NC.

“How Twitter Can Support Student and Teacher Learning.”  Presentation at the 2013 High Schools that Work Annual Conference in Charlotte, NC

"How and Why STEM Educators Need to Be on Twitter." Presentation at the 2013 National Science Foundation Robert T. Noyce Program Southeast Region Annual Conference in Greenville, SC.

"In Pursuit of Relevance: Connecting Students and Curriculum." Carpenter, J., Lydon, J., Maxwell, R., & Nixon, D. Presentation at 2013 ASCD Annual Conference in Chicago, IL.

"Why You Need to Be on Twitter: Four Educators' Perspectives." Carpenter, J., Dietrich, E., Giovanelli, R., & Thompson, J. Presentation at 2013 North Carolina Technology in Education Society Annual Conference in Raleigh, NC.

"Shared Classroom Experiences as Methods Course Texts." Carpenter, J., Pyne, K., & Richardson, J. Roundtable at 2013 American Association of Colleges of Teacher Education Annual Conference in Orlando, FL.

“Google Forms in Self-, Peer-, and Teacher Assessment of Writing.” Presentation at the 2012 National Council of Teachers of English Annual Convention in Las Vegas, NV.

“Google Forms in Self-, Peer-, and Teacher Assessment of Writing.”  Presentation at 2012 North Carolina Council of Teachers of English Annual Convention in Charlotte, NC.

“Making Teacher Thinking Visible: Shared Classroom Experiences in Teacher Preparation.” Carpenter, J., Pyne, K., & Richardson, J. Presentation at the 2012 North Carolina Association of Colleges of Teacher Education Fall Forum in Raleigh, NC.

“Licensure Evidence 6, Leadership & Collaboration: Initial Lessons Learned.” Carpenter, J., Sikes, S., & Waegerle, D. Presentation at the 2012 North Carolina Association of Colleges of Teacher Education Fall Forum in Raleigh, NC. 

“Shared Classroom Experiences in Teacher Preparation.” Presentation at the 2012 National Science Foundation Robert T. Noyce Program Annual Conference in Washington, DC.

“Finding the Middle Ground: Success and Challenges in Education Reform in Tajikistan.” Carpenter, J., Stasz, B., Niyozov, F.,  & Rahmonov, A. Panel presentation at the 2012 Comparative and International Education Society Annual Conference in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

“From clunky, ineffective technology investment to effective, exciting and interactive system: Experience from the Quality Learning Project in Turkmenistan” Presentation at the 2012 Comparative and International Education Society Annual Conference in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

“Parallel Literary Universes on Facebook.” Presentation at the 2011 National Council of Teachers of English Annual Convention in Chicago, IL.

“Google Forms for Writing Instruction, Peer Editing & Assessment.” Presentation at the 2011 Virginia Association of Teachers of English Annual Conference in Staunton, VA .

“Lesson Study by Secondary Humanities Teachers.” Presentation at 2011 Action Research Conference in San Diego, CA.

“Creative Uses of Google Forms for Grading and Peer Editing” presented with Elon colleague Barbara Taylor at the North Carolina Technology in Education Society Annual Conference on March 4, 2011 in Raleigh, NC.

"Lesson Study: Can Collaboration Encourage Teacher Voices in Reform?” presented at the High School Journal Annual Conference on February 26, 2011 in Chapel Hill, NC.

“Working Smarter, Not Harder: Sustainable Teaching” presented with James Madison University colleague Jennifer Pease at the Virginia Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development Annual Conference on December 2, 2010 in Williamsburg, VA

“Parallel Literary Universes on Facebook and in Textspeak” presented with three of my former high school students at the North Carolina English Teacher Association Annual Conference on October 22, 2010 in Winston-Salem, NC.

Skills

Fluent in Spanish

Awards

School of Education Scholarship Award, 2013