Andrew N. Carpenter

1290 Laurel Ln, Westminster, MD 21158  - (312) 285-0296 - andy@andrewcarpenter.net


Ph.D., Philosophy
University of California at Berkeley
Berkeley, CA



B.Phil., Philosophy
University of Oxford
Oxford, UK


B.A., Philosophy, summa cum laude
Amherst College
Amherst, MA




Dissertation chair

As dissertation chair within Northcentral University's Graduate School, I mentor doctoral students from each of the University's doctoral programs to ensure the research methodological quality and academic merit of their dissertation research.

I use Oxbridge-style tutorials to ensure that all of my students understand how to conduct high-quality doctoral research and to provide each student with strong academic, moral, and practical support.


Part-Time Faculty Member

I teach doctoral students within the School of Education's Department of Research and Doctoral Processes. Courses taught: Advanced Practicum in Research Design, Advanced Qualitative Research Design, Advanced Research Design, Multivariate Statistics for Educational Research, Survey of Research Methodology.

I also perform scientific merit reviews of dissertation plans, facilitate residential colloquia for doctoral learners, and sit on doctoral committees. In 2012 I received the Stephen Shank Recognition For Teaching Excellence.



The Academe Group is a scholarly think-tank and advisory firm that consults with and advises organizations within the global higher education community on effective and innovative ways to fulfill their mission and vision. The group also works with governmental and NGO agencies on specialized higher education research projects.

Core services provided by The Academe Group are research and analysis, planning and strategy, implementation and assessment, and advisory services. Our expertise includes accreditation, learning assessment, student recruitment and retention, technology and e-learning, digital/social media for education, instructional design and program development, organizational effectiveness and capacity building, organizational planning and strategy development, and pedagogical and faculty development.


Vice President of Academic Affairs and Chief Academic Officer

I report to the President and provide strategic vision, planning, and leadership for the University's academic advancement. 

I am accountable for academic quality and integrity throughout the institution and provide leadership in academic planning and budgeting and in the assessment and improvement of academic programs and services.  I am responsible for developing and implementing a wide range of near-term and long-term plans.

I collaborate with the other members of the senior management team to maintain the University's regulatory and accreditation relationships.

In 2012, Ellis University changed its name to John Hancock University.

Professor of Philosophy, Director of the Center for Teaching and Learning, Faculty Senate President 

I worked to establish a new online University serving working adults and dedicated to academic quality and integrity. In addition to teaching undergraduate and graduate students, I served on the President's cabinet, directed the center for teaching and learning, served as president of the institution's faculty senate, chair the curriculum and academic standards committee, and co-chair the faculty development committee. 

As chair of the accreditation writing committee, I was the primary author of the institution's successful self-study for initial accreditation. I also served on numerous committees and task forces, including the strategic planning committee and the faculty standards committee.

I taught undergraduate and graduate students. Courses taught: Business Ethics, Ethics and Social Philosophy, Problems in Philosophy, Research Methodology, Technology, Science, and Values.

In 2008, I was awarded the Ellis University Faculty Award. 










Professor of Philosophy, Department Chair, Faculty Senate President

I contributed to the development of an online University whose enrollment grew from 100 students to 30,000 during my employment. In addition to teaching graduate and undergraduate students and leading two academic departments, I developed new courses, helped to develop systematic academic assessment processes, and served on numerous faculty leadership roles including as president of the faculty senate and leader of the institutional mission task force.

I also taught undergraduate and graduate students. Courses taught: Aesthetics, Technology, and Democracy, Bioethics, Business Ethics, Critical Thinking, Data Analysis, Ethics, Humanities Seminar, Research Methods, Thesis and Research.

In 2006, I was awarded the Kaplan University Outstanding Graduate Faculty Award.

In 2003, I was awarded the Kaplan Higher Education Extra Mile Award.



Assistant Professor of Philosophy, 
Academic Area Head, Faculty Executive Committee Member

In addition to serving as the head of an academic division, I worked on academic assessment, institutional accreditation, and held several leadership roles including member of the president's administrative council and member of the faculty executive committee.

I also taught undergraduate students. Courses taught: African Philosophy, Animal Minds, Contemporary Analytic and Continental Philosophy, Environmental Philosophy, Epistemology, Feminist Philosophy, History of Western Philosophy, Informal Logic and Critical Thinking, Philosophy of Psychology, Philosophy of Science, Philosophy of Technology, Western Religions and their Philosophies.

Additional teaching experience as an adjunct faculty member is documented in my academic vitae 



Capella University Stephen Shank Recognition for Teaching Excellence, 2012
Ellis University Graduate Faculty Award, 2009
Ellis University Employee Award, 2008
Kaplan University Outstanding Graduate Faculty Award, 2006
Kaplan Higher Education Employee Award, 2003

Outstanding Graduate Student Instructor Award, University of California, 1995
George A. Plimpton Fellowship, Amherst College, 1988
Gail Kennedy Memorial Prize in Philosophy, Amherst College, 1988
Phi Beta Kappa, Amherst College, 1987


Peer Reviewer Training, Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association Program to Evaluate and Advance Quality (PEAQ) and Academic Quality Improvement Program (AQIP)

Business Standards Course, Course on Preparing for Accreditation, and Evaluator Training Program, Accrediting Commission of the Distance Education and Training Council

Applying the Quality Matters Rubric Training, Peer Reviewer Certification, and Master Reviewer Certification, Quality Matters Program

Community Service

American Association of Philosophy Teachers Board of Directors, Vice President, and President-Elect

International Higher Education Teaching and Learning Association Advisory Board

Contemporary Issues in Criminology and the Social Sciences Executive Board

Studia Philosophica Wratislaviensia International Advisory Board

Cultural Variations and Business Performance: Contemporary Globalism Editorial Advisory Board 

Chair of American Association of Philosophy Teachers Speaker and Awards Committee

Chair of American Association of Philosophy Teachers Teaching Seminar Committee

Ambassador Corps Member (North American Ambassador)  for International Higher Education Teaching and Learning Association.   
Facilitator of American Philosophical Association/American Association of Philosophy Teachers National Seminar on Teaching and Learning in Philosophy

American Association of Philosophy Teachers Teaching Fellows Committee

Professional and Organizational Development (POD) Network Electronic Communications and Resources Committee

Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences Bruce Smith Sr. Award Committee

AskPhilosophers.org Panelist

Peer reviewer for SUNY Press, Wadsworth Publishing Company, Kantian ReviewTeaching PhilosophySynthese, Computers and Philosophy (CAP) conference 


Critical Thinking
Creative Vision
Strategic Planning
Distance Learning
Higher Education Policy
Educational Leadership
Organizational Leadership
Team Leadership
Academic Administration
Organizational Development
Organizational Learning
Social Capital
Faculty Development
Active Learning
Learning Technology
Curriculum Development
Curriculum Design
Curriculum Management


Numerous peer-reviewed disciplinary, scholarship of teaching and learning, and academic administration publications. 

Selected publications

Administrative and Academic Structures: For-Profit and Not-for-Profit” with Craig Bach in The Strategic Management of Higher Education Institutions (Addison, TX: Business Express Press, 2011), 89-108.

Social Capital and the Campus Community” with Linda Coughlin, Susanne Morgan, and Christopher Price in To Improve the Academy: Resources for Faculty, Instructional, and Organizational Development, Vol. 29 (San Francisco: Jossey-Bass, 2010), 201-215.

Learning Assessment: Hyperbolic Doubts Versus Deflated Critiques” with Craig Bach, Analytic Teaching and Philosophical Praxis 30 (2010), 1-11.

"The Aristotelian Heart of Marx’s Condemnation of Capitalism,” Studia Philosophica Wratislaviensia 5 (2010), 41-64.

"Beccaria, Cesare: Classical School” in Frances T. Cullen and Pamela A. Wilcox, eds, Encyclopedia of Criminological Theory, Vol 1 (Sage Publications, 2010), 73-77.

academic vitae lists all publications and selected national and international presentations .

Professional Affiliations

American Philosophical Association 
American Association of Philosophy Teachers
North American Kant Society
American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies
Wilfrid Sellars Society
Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences
Professional and Organizational Development (POD) Network