Charles E. Carpenter Lecture & Conference Endowment

Established in 2004, the Charles E. Carpenter Lecture and Conference Endowment supports advances in professional development for community college leaders. Held each spring, the Carpenter Lecture features a nationally known speaker on a topic of importance to community colleges. In addition to current students in the community college leadership doctoral program, attendees include northwest community college leaders and members of the OSU community. Moving into its fourteenth year, the Carpenter Event has become a premier professional development event for community college leaders and has significantly advanced Oregon State University’s work in community college leadership.


2019 Speaker: Dr. Eboni Zamani-Gallaher, Professor, Education Policy, Organization and Leadership, University of Illinois

Thursday, March 7th, 2019. 6:00 pm 

McMenamins Wilsonville Old Church & Pub
30340 SW Boones Ferry Rd, Wilsonville, OR 97070

First, a poster session by select Adult and Higher Education doctoral students.

Talk title: Advancing The Social Justice Imperative of Community Colleges: Reconciling Democratic Principles Amid Elite Interests

Community colleges have played a critical role in advancing opportunity and mass higher education. They occupy the intersection of social justice and educational change having originated to broaden participation. The community college has provided scores access to postsecondary education who otherwise were without an on-ramp to higher learning. With nearly half of American undergraduates attending community colleges, this Carpenter lecture calls attention to the core mission of the community college, how they are a centerpiece of American higher education institutional diversity, and predominant pathway to postsecondary study for historically underrepresented and underserved students. Dr. Zamani-Gallaher will highlight the misalignment of the current administration with the core mission of community college misinterpreting their role and postsecondary education as an economic return for the individual rather than for the collective public good.

Bio: Eboni M. Zamani-Gallaher is Professor of Higher Education/Community College Leadership and Associate Head of the Department of Education Policy, Organization, and Leadership at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She is also Associate Dean of the Graduate College and Director of the Office for Community College Research and Leadership (OCCRL). She holds a PhD in Higher Education Administration with a specialization in Community College Leadership and Educational Evaluation from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Her teaching, research, and consulting activities largely include psychosocial adjustment and transition of marginalized collegians, transfer, access policies, student development and services at community colleges.

Dr. Zamani-Gallaher is a recipient of the Council for the Study of Community Colleges (CSCC) Senior Scholar Award, is an ACPA Diamond Honoree and the Association for the Study of Higher Education (ASHE) Council on Ethnic Participation Mildred B. Garcia Senior Exemplary Scholarship Awardee. Dr. Zamani-Gallaher served as president of the Council for the Study of Community Colleges (CSCC), an affiliate of the American Association of Community Colleges and currently is Director for Research and Scholarship for the American College Personnel Association (ACPA).

Dr. Eboni M. Zamani-Gallaher research has been published in various journals and scholarly texts, including Equity and Excellence in Education, Higher Education Policy, and New Directions for Student Affairs. She has authored/edited seven books. Her most recent titles include Working with Students in Community Colleges: Contemporary Strategies for Bridging Theory, Research, and Practice(ACPA/Stylus Publishing), ASHE Reader Series on Community Colleges, Fourth Edition (Pearson Publications), and The Obama Administration and Educational Reform (Emerald Group Publishing).


Past Speakers

2018 Speaker: Dr. Joanne Truesdell, President of Clackamas Community College and CCL alumna

2017 Daniel Solorzano, Professor of Social Science and Comparative Education in the Graduate School of Education and Information Studies at the University of California, Los Angeles


2016 Betty Duvall, Professor Emerita, Oregon State University

2015 Jamie Callahan, a Professor of Human Resource Development in the School of Education at Drexel University

2014 Edward J. Ray, President, Oregon State University

2013 Richard Wagoner, Assistant Professor of Higher Education, University of California, Los Angeles

2012 Camille Preus, Commissioner of the Department of Community Colleges and Workforce Developmment of Oregon

2011 Preston Pulliams, President, Portland Community College

2010 Mary Spilde, President, Lane Community College

2009 John “Ski” Sygielski, President, Mount Hood Community College

2008 Linda Barry, Vice President, Merritt College; Susan Kostick, Vice President, Edmonds Community College; Jim Sorensen, President, Treasure Valley Community College

2007 Ron Baker, Executive Vice President, Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities

2006 Cassandra Manuelito-Kerkvliet, President, Institute of American Indian Arts

2005 George Boggs, President, American Association of Community Colleges