Dick Carpenter, PhD

Dick Carpenter, PhD

Dick Carpenter, PhD

Professor Emeritus
Leadership, Research, and Foundations

Biographical Information

Dr. Carpenter served as professor of educational leadership at the University of Colorado in Colorado Springs beginning in 2002 and was designated professor emeritus in 2022. His research interests include educational and public policy and executive leadership. Prior to service at UCCS, Dr. Carpenter worked as a policy analyst, principal, and teacher.


Ph.D., Educational Leadership and Innovation
University of Colorado - 2001

M.A., Educational Leadership
University of Colorado - 1997

B.A., Music Education
University of Colorado - 1991

Professional Experience

Dr. Carpenter’s work has been featured in academic venues such as Urban Studies, Economic Development Quarterly, Regulation and Governance, Fordham Urban Law Journal, Independent Review, Journal of Advanced Academics, Journal of Applied Business and Economics, Journal of Education Finance, Assessment for Effective Intervention, Peabody Journal of Education, Journal of Special Education, The Forum, Education and Urban Society, Journal of School Choice, and Leadership and magazines, such as Regulation, Phi Delta Kappan and the American School Board Journal. Moreover, the results of his research have been used by state education officials in accountability reporting, proved influential in crafting policy in state legislatures, and cited in briefs and decisions in various state and federal courts, including the United States Supreme Court.

Dr. Carpenter has served as an expert witness in federal lawsuits and has been quoted in newspapers such as the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Denver Post, Los Angeles Times, Detroit Free Press, Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Chronicle of Higher Education, Dallas Morning News, Miami Herald, Baltimore Sun, Education Week, and the Washington Times, among others. He can be seen discussing his work in a 2019 TEDx talk, on CSPAN, and with prominent journalist John Stossel.