Dick Carpenter, Ph.D.

Dick Carpenter, Ph.D.

Dick Carpenter, Ph.D.

Professor; Leadership, Research, and Foundations
College of Education


Dr. Carpenter serves as professor of educational leadership at the University of Colorado in Colorado Springs. 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


LEAD 7100
Intermediate Quantitative Research and Statistics

Students learn and apply advanced methods of analyzing data with an emphasis on the use and interpretation of descriptive and inferential techniques. Topics covered include multiple regression, Factor Analysis, HLM, and selected statistical programs.

LEAD 7600
Doctoral Research Laboratory in Leadership

Students participate in laboratories organized by professors to engage students in ongoing research projects, being challenged to extend and apply knowledge and skills developed in coursework as they partner with professors as researchers. Laboratories enable students to demonstrate required skills and knowledge, achieve program goals, and demonstrate progress toward candidacy.

LEAD 7000
Masters Research Lab

This course is designed to assist students in the development of technical skills in the areas of tests and measurements, technology, and research necessary for successful leadership in schools.

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.




  • Member, Technology Committee,
    College of Education
  • Member, Assessment Committee,
    College of Education
  • Member, Salary and Benefits Committee,
    University of Colorado at Colorado Springs


  • Member, Board of Directors,
    Colorado Springs Youth Symphony Association
  • Consultant to several local non-profits


  • Member, Colorado Association of Professors of Administration

Referred Book Chapters

Duening, Thomas N. and Metzger, Matthew L. 2016. UCCS entrepreneurial identity project. The Annals of Entrepreneurship Education and Pedagogy. 1: 405-410. Eds. Michael Morris, James W. Walter & Eric Liguori. Edward Elgar: Northampton, MA. 
Metzger, Matthew L. 2015. Branding cities. Encyclopedia of Economics and Society. Eds. Frederick F. Wherry & Juliet Schor. Sage: Thousand Oaks, CA.