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 Adult and Higher Education doctoral program, attendees include northwest community college leaders and members of the OSU community. The Carpenter Lecture has become a premier professional development event for community college leaders and has significantly advanced Oregon State University’s work in community college leadership.


Thursday, February 18, 2021. 4:00 - 5:00 pm 

The 2021 lecture will be held remotely. The link to join will be provided on this page closer to the event.

Dr. Xueli WangBarbara and Glenn Thompson Professor in Educational Leadership, Professor in Educational Leadership & Policy Analysis (ELPA), University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • For questions about this event, please contact Lindsay Andrews, AHE program lead, at [email protected].
Speaker summary

Talk title: "On My Own: The Challenge and Promise of Building Equitable STEM Transfer Pathways."
Dr. Wang is a professor of higher education in the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis at the University of Wisconsin–Madison. She teaches graduate courses on community colleges, assessment in higher education, and mixed methods research in education. Her research addresses factors that influence college students’ learning, experiences, pathways, and success, with a particular focus on community colleges and STEM education. In collaboration with a number of community and technical colleges, her NSF-funded longitudinal, mixed methods projects have investigated beginning two-year college students' pathways and success, particularly in STEM fields, as well as how faculty development translates into teaching practices that subsequently shape students’ experiences and outcomes. A notable example of her work is her book “On My Own” (Harvard Education Press, published April 2020) Grounded in longitudinal, mixed methods research, this book unravels inequities in access to transfer, particularly in STEM fields of study, and illuminates policy and practices toward cultivating equitable STEM transfer pathways.


Adult and Higher Education (AHE) Alumni Awards

AHE Alumni Awards

AHE programs invite nominations for three alumni awards. Nominations are accepted each year between November 1st and December 1st. Award recipients are honored by the College of Education dean, AHE chair, faculty, fellow alumni, and current students at the Charles E. Carpenter Lecture.


Past Speakers

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A list of speakers and a collection of some of the content from past Carpenter Lectures.