Carpenter named dean of College of Education, Allied Professions

Dale Carpenter, who has been serving in an interim leadership role in Western Carolina University’s College of Education and Allied Professions since July 2012, has been named permanent dean of the college.

The appointment of Carpenter as dean, which was announced Tuesday, April 8, by Provost Alison Morrison-Shetlar, is effective immediately, following approval Monday, April 7, by the executive committee of the WCU Board of Trustees.

“Dr. Carpenter is a highly regarded and respected leader on campus, regionally and nationally and is a sought-after presenter and assessor in his area of expertise,” Morrison-Shetlar said. “He has done an excellent job leading the College of Education and Allied Professions for the past two years and has proven himself more than up to the task of continuing in this role in a permanent capacity.”

A member of the WCU faculty since 1979, Carpenter has been filling a vacancy created by the departure of Perry Schoon, who left the university in 2012 to become dean of the College of Education at Illinois State University, Schoon’s alma mater.

“For more than 30 years, I have loved being associated with Western Carolina University and I have always been proud of what we do in the College of Education and Allied Professions. It is no secret to my colleagues that I have looked up to many of the current and retired faculty as models for teaching, service and research and I have been very proud of what our alumni have accomplished,” Carpenter said.

“In addition, we are fortunate to be supported in the college and across campus by staff members who take pride in their work. The expectations for the College of Education and Allied Professions are high because of our past performance, and we will continue to try to exceed them,” he said.

Carpenter previously served a 10-year stint as associate dean of the College of Education and Allied Professions and as director of teacher education at WCU. A professor in the college’s special education program, he has research interests in the areas of diversity, assessment, program evaluation and instructional methods for children with learning disabilities.

Carpenter earned his doctorate in special education and learning disabilities from Auburn University, master’s degree in special education and behavior disorders from Valdosta State University and bachelor’s degree in elementary education from Albany State College.

He is co-author of the 1995 book “Mainstreaming Exceptional Students: A Guide for Classroom Teachers” and has published numerous articles in scholarly journals. Carpenter has delivered more than 40 presentations to state, national and international organizations and was the 2010 recipient of WCU’s Paul A. Reid Distinguished Service Award for Faculty.

Before joining the WCU faculty in 1979, Carpenter was a teacher and director of the Educational Program for Children in Need of Supervision for the Lee County (Ala.) Youth Development Center and an elementary school resource teacher specializing in behavior disorders and learning disabilities for the Dougherty County (Ga.) School System.

The appointment of Carpenter comes after a national search led by a campus committee chaired by Bill Ogletree, head of WCU’s Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders.

“Dr. Carpenter was been an outstanding interim leader and has earned the respect and admiration of the faculty of the College of Education and Allied Professions,” Ogletree said. “The search committee recognized several of his creative leadership initiatives that will undoubtedly continue the college’s strong regional, state and national reputation.”

Members of the committee included, from WCU, Kia Asberg, assistant professor of psychology; Michael Boatright, assistant professor of English; Patricia Bricker, associate director of the School of Teaching and Learning; Renee Corbin, College of Education and Allied Professions director of assessment; Mimi Fenton, dean of the Graduate School and Research; Kathleen Jorissen, associate professor of educational leadership; L. Alvin Malesky, head of the psychology department; Mary Rompf, College of Education and Allied Profession business officer; Rachel Wike, student services specialist for Teacher Recruitment, Advising and Career Support; and Christina Reitz, assistant professor of music. Representing WCU’s regional education partners on the search committee were Kathryn Kantz, principal at Cullowhee Valley School; Barbara Parker, president of Haywood Community College; and Scott Penland, superintendent of Cherokee Central School.

Celebrating its 125th anniversary in 2014, Western Carolina was founded in 1889 as a teacher’s college. One of six undergraduate colleges and schools offering academic programs at WCU, the College of Education and Allied Professions prepares educators, counselors, psychologists, speech-language pathologists, recreation personnel and other human service specialists at both entry and advanced levels. Graduates of the college staff public elementary, secondary and postsecondary schools, sport and recreation agencies, and other human service organizations in North Carolina and beyond.

The unit is home to the School of Teaching and Learning and the departments of human services and psychology. Approximately 1,600 undergraduate students are majoring in academic programs offered by the college, with more than 900 additional students pursuing advanced degrees. The college has approximately 80 full-time faculty members.

The college was the 2007 recipient of the Christa McAuliffe Excellence in Teacher Education Award, presented by the American Association of State Colleges and Universities, and the 2006 Distinguished Program in Teacher Education Award, presented by the Association of Teacher Educators.

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Dale Carpenter has been named dean of WCU's College of Education and Allied Professions.

Dale Carpenter has been named dean of WCU’s College of Education and Allied Professions.