Carpenter named president-elect of Mathematical Association of America

Dr. Jenna Carpenter, founding dean of Campbell University’s School of Engineering and professor of engineering, was named president-elect of the Mathematical Association of America (MAA), the organization announced in October. 

Coming off her year-long tenure as president of the American Society for Engineering Education, Carpenter will take office as head of the MAA on July 1, 2024. 

“It is an honor to have the opportunity to serve alongside so many great MAA members and staff to advance understanding of mathematics and its impact on our world,” Carpenter said.

Over the last several year, Carpenter has supported the MAA in a number of different roles, including at the section and national levels. She has also worked to advance MAA programs and initiatives that support members and the work they do. 

“I bring a variety of national-level experiences in STEM education, giving me opportunities to develop a solid understanding of the challenges we face, as well as innovative strategies and solutions,” Carpenter said. “I have been able to advocate as a thought leader for changes and new approaches rooted in evidence-based practices. I have [also] taught college math classes for three-and-a-half decades at three very different institutions. These types of experiences are important for anyone aspiring to leadership roles in the MAA.”

The Mathematical Association of America is the world’s largest community of mathematicians, students and enthusiasts. The organization’s mission is to “accelerate the understanding of our world through mathematics, because mathematics drives society and shapes our lives.”

“The MAA must continue to advance the understanding of mathematics and its impact on our world, as well as cultivate community, promote inclusivity, lead in communication, and support teaching and learning. As MAA president, it would be an honor to partner with our members and the wider mathematics community to advance this vision,” Carpenter added.

Rick Cleary, Weissman professor of business analytics at Babson College, will join Carpenter as vice president next summer.