2003 Distinguished Teaching Award
Dr. Jenna Carpenter
Dr. Jenna P. Carpenter received her B.S in mathematics at Louisiana Tech University in 1983. She received her M.S. and Ph.D. in mathematics at Louisiana State University, in 1986 and 1989, respectively. While at Louisiana State University, she held a prestigious LSU Alumni Federation Fellowship. She has spent the last 14 years at Louisiana Tech University, where she has served in a variety of administrative positions, including 2 years as Program Chair of Mathematics, 5 years as Academic Director for various engineering, engineering technology programs, computer science and geology, and several years as Coordinator of the Math/Stat Computer Laboratory. She has taught a variety of mathematics courses, including college algebra, trigonometry, calculus, abstract algebra, and business calculus.
Dr. Carpenter is
recognized an effective and successful
teacher and maintains an active interest in innovative ways to both
mathematics and assist students with learning mathematics.
She works to involve students in their own
learning, utilizing active and cooperative learning strategies with
interdisciplinary student teams, both in and outside of class. She incorporates strategies in each class
that appeal to the spectrum of student learning styles and educates her
students each term with respect to their own learning styles and how to
capitalize on their personal strengths. Dr.
Carpenter works to incorporate research-supported
her classes, such as mini-exercise breaks to help students refocus
attention and varying class activities to provide a more stimulating
environment. She incorporates daily
student writing activities into her classes, from journals to minute
and provides individual feedback based on the student writing at the
of the next class period. These
beginning-of-class summaries are frequently cited by students as the
helpful thing my instructor does to help me learn”.
Technology is utilized in her classes to enhance
and appeal to a broader spectrum of learning styles.
Detailed course websites provide not only materials, but
serve as a method for communicating with students, posting worked
(utilizing a whiteboard capturing system), handouts, review sheets, web
etc. Multimedia systems (including
graphing calculators, computer algebra software, web-based material and
document cameras) are used, as appropriate. Web-based
tutorial software (such as ALEKS) is utilized to
fill in gaps
in students’ mathematical background and enhance student understanding
current course content. Dr. Carpenter
uses a variety of
assessment in her courses, such as post-test
mid-term assessments, as well as daily writing activities to keep tabs
Over the last 10 years, she has lead efforts
bring technology into the mathematics classroom. For
example, she coordinated, taught and developed labs for a multivariable
calculus computer laboratory. She has
obtained funding for computer laboratories for mathematics classes,
the Louisiana State Board of Regents and the Louisiana Tech Student
Fee Board. She has also worked to
set-up and coordinate the delivery of mathematics courses off-campus
compressed video. She has also
contributed to a variety of in-service teacher workshops and courses on
mathematics. She started a student MAA
Chapter at Louisiana Tech and served as its first sponsor.
She is starting her third year as the
faculty advisor for the Society of Women Engineers student chapter.
For the last 6 years, she has focused her efforts on co-developing the mathematics curriculum for Louisiana Tech’s highly successful NSF-sponsored integrated engineering curriculum. Dr. Carpenter’s contribution to the mathematics curriculum for the integrated engineering curriculum included developing a just-in-time approach to the delivery of algebra and trigonometry content within the calculus sequence.
She is currently leading a similar
to develop and implement an NSF-funded integrated science curriculum at
Louisiana Tech (for mathematics, science and science education majors),
is the first of its type in the nation. She
has also served as co-PI on an NSF CCLI-EMD grant,
for authoring a hyper-linked precalculus coursebook to be delivered in
innovative web-based format. She has
been a member of the MAA since 1988 and has served on several
committees at the
section level. She was an invited
participant at both the MAA Curriculum Foundations Engineering Workshop
of 2000) and the MAA Curriculum Foundations Conference (in November of
2001). She is also a member of the
mathematical Society, the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics,
American Society for Engineering Education and the Society of Women
Engineers. She has served as Division
Chair and the Division Chair for the Mathematics Division of the
Society for Engineering Education.
Dr. Carpenter received the 1997-1998 College of Engineering and Science Outstanding Achievement in Teaching Award at Louisiana Tech University (along with the other members of the freshman curriculum team) for her work in developing the integrated engineering curriculum at Louisiana Tech University.
She is currently serving as Academic Director for Biomedical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering and Industrial Engineering at Louisiana Tech and is an Associate Professor of Mathematics.