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Dale Carpenter - Western Carolina University. Cullowhee, NC, US

Dale Carpenter

Professor | Western Carolina University


Dale Carpenter's research interests include special education, assessment, diversity, program accountability and teacher education.



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Dale Carpenter has been an exceptional children teacher for four years and professor of special education for more than 30 years. Carpenter was associate dean in the College of Education and Allied Professions for 10 years (1999 - 2009) and dean in the College of Education and Allied Professions for five years (2012-2017).

Carpenter's research interests include special education, assessment, diversity, program accountability, teacher education and dispositions.

Industry Expertise (1)


Areas of Expertise (6)


Program Accountability


Special Education


Teacher Education

Accomplishments (3)

Paul A. Reid Distinguished Service Award (professional)

2010 Western Carolina University

Indirect Service Award (professional)

North Carolina Council for Children with Behavior Disorders

Legislative Teaching Award (professional)

Western Carolina University College of Education and Allied Professions

Education (3)

Auburn University: Ed.D., Special Education, Learning Disabilities 1979

Valdosta State College: M.Ed., Special Education, Behavior Disorders 1976

Albany State College: B.S.Ed., Elementary Education 1974

Languages (1)

  • English

Media Appearances (3)

Longtime faculty member creates new endowment to reward service in CEAP

WCU Stories  online


Teaching, research and service comprise the iconic three-legged stool of expectations for faculty members in higher education, but the service leg is typically out of balance compared to the overall focus on teaching and research, said Dale Carpenter, professor of special education in the School of Teaching and Learning.

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Chancellor appoints interim provost Richard Starnes to permanent position

WCU Stories  online


The selection of Starnes concludes a national search conducted by a 13-member campus committee chaired by Dale Carpenter, professor of special education and former dean of the College of Education and Allied Professions, and assisted by the Parker Executive Search firm. The committee and members of the campus community who met the candidates were both “comforted by and impressed with” Starnes’ experience at WCU and within the University of North Carolina System, Carpenter said.

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Carpenter dean for Education, Allied Professions at WCU

Citizen-Times  online


Dale Carpenter, who has been serving in an interim leadership role in Western Carolina University’s College of Education and Allied Professions since July 2012, has been named permanent dean of the college.

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Articles (4)

A temperament for teaching? Associations between personality traits and beginning teacher performance and retention


2017 The “greening” (i.e., inexperience) of the U.S. teacher workforce puts a premium on districts and schools hiring effective and persistent beginning teachers. Given the limitations of characteristics currently available at the time of hiring (e.g., academic ability, preparation type), we built off previous research in economics and psychology to investigate associations between personality traits and first-year teachers’ performance and retention in North Carolina public schools.

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Personality and Job Satisfaction: Evidence from a Sample of Street-Level Bureaucrats

International Journal of Public Administration

2014 Job satisfaction is an important component of bureaucratic success. In this article, we build on the emerging literature on the five-factor model of personality and argue that basic personality characteristics can help us understand why certain employees are more satisfied with their jobs than others.

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The Capacity of Teacher Education Institutions in North Carolina to Meet Program Approval and Accreditation Demands for Data

International Journal of ePortfolio

2013 A statewide survey of the infrastructure of teacher education program assessment systems in North Carolina, which include electronic portfolios as a component in the assessment system, measured their ability to meet current and anticipated future data demands for state approval and national accreditation. Almost two-thirds of the 46 teacher education programs in the state responded to questions about the personnel, hardware, and software resources needed to meet current and future demands for data collection, management, analysis, and reporting.

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A Procedure for Socially Valid Goal Setting

Intervention in School and Clinic

2005 Goal setting poses a significant challenge for service providers in both clinical and educational settings. With today's call for services that contribute to meaningful changes in children, there is an increased need for goal-setting procedures that are socially valid. This article presents such a procedure and illustrates its use through a case study. Suggestions for socially valid goal setting are provided.

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