Daniel Carpenter

Fellowship Placement: National Science Foundation
Cohort: 2005-2006

Before his Fellowship, Daniel Carpenter taught high school science (mostly biology and chemistry) for twenty years in Lincoln, Nebraska, and was nationally recognized with awards from the National Association of Biology Teachers and the National Science Teachers Association.

Daniel earned his Ph.D. in 2012 from the University of Nebraska in Education and Science Education. Currently, Daniel is a Professor of Education in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction at Texas Tech University. Daniel serves as the chair for the Graduate STEM Education Program and the chair of the Advocacy Group (Graduate Academic Advisory Council) that advises the university on faculty voice in graduate curriculum and policy issues at the Masters and Ph.D. levels.

Daniel says that his AEF Program Fellowship propelled his career in higher education and policy advocacy work at the community and institutional levels.  His work has greatly been shaped by interactions and collaborations with agencies in Washington, DC, such as NSF, DOE and non-for-profit organizations such as the Triangle Coalition, where National policy drives local efforts in research and funding to support pragmatic research.