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Heather Carpenter

Student Affairs Officer


Heather Carpenter serves as an advisor and organizes the co-curricular programing for the Honors Residential College at the University of Kentucky. The Honors Residential College (formerly the Living Learning Program or LLP) is a residential experience that allows students who are members of UK’s Honors Program to participate in their collaborative learning in a supportive and close-knit environment. Students who participate in the Honors RC receive targeted programming intended to enhance the scholarly experience. Through increased interaction with faculty inside and outside of the classroom, students are immersed into a stimulating intellectual and social environment that promotes and supports student success.

In addition to her work with Honors, Heather is also completing her Ph.D. in Gender and Women’s Studies at the University of Kentucky while teaching in that field at Eastern Kentucky University. Prior to coming to UK, she was the Communications and Development coordinator for KECSAC (the Kentucky Educational Collaborative for State Agency Children), a grant-program at Eastern Kentucky University that serves at-risk youth. Before KECSAC, she taught English and Composition at Bluegrass Community and Technical College for two years.

Heather earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and Anthropology from Centre College, a Master of Arts degree in English Literature from Washington University in St. Louis, and an M.Div degree from Vanderbilt Divinity School.

Outside of her responsibilities with the Honors Program, Heather enjoys traveling, reading, writing, gardening, pretending she takes yoga seriously, wasting time on Facebook, and saving the world.