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Jennifer L. Carter

Jannetides College of Business, Communication & Leadership

Associate Professor


PhD in Higher Education, Azusa Pacific University, Azusa, CA
MA in Higher Education, Geneva College, Beaver Falls, PA
BSB in Pastoral Ministry, University of Valley Forge, Phoenixville, PA


Dr. Carter understood her calling to higher education and leadership when she was a student at Valley Forge Christian College, now University of Valley Forge. She began her career in higher education in 2003 at North Central University as a Resident Director. Since then, she has served in various leadership roles in both student development and academic affairs at several universities before coming to SEU in 2018. Dr. Carter has presented research papers at the annual conferences for the Association for Study of Higher Education, the American Education Research Association, and the American Sociological Association. She has been interviewed by Christianity Today and AG News and has been a guest lecture at various institutions on spiritual struggle and research methods. She has spoken at women’s conferences on the importance of Bible study in everyday life.

Dr. Carter’s research interests focus on spiritual formation, spiritual struggle, motivational theory, best practices in higher education, and the impact of organizational culture on student and employee engagement. Her dissertation research focused on the patterns and predictors of undergraduate college students’ levels of spiritual struggle. Here at SEU, Dr. Carter enjoys teaching leadership courses and research classes. She is passionate about helping students see how conducting research is part of their purpose and calling. Dr. Carter and her husband, Paul, have three daughters and spend many hours watching their daughters play soccer and softball. She also enjoys paddling, hiking, and cycling.

Professional Memberships:
American Education Research Association
Association for the Study of Higher Education
International Leadership Association