Heather Carpenter


Email: Heather.n.carpenter@uky.edu

Phone: (859) 218-0914

About Heather

Educational & Professional Background: Heather earned a Bachelor of Arts in English and Anthropology with a minor in History from Centre College. She holds a Master of Arts degree in English Literature from Washington University, and a M.Div degree with a graduate certificate in Religion, Gender and Sexuality from Vanderbilt Divinity School. Currently, Heather is working toward completing her Ph.D. in Gender and Women’s Studies at the University of Kentucky. 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 and taught at EKU in the departments of English, Religious Studies, and Women and Gender Studies.

Advising Philosophy: Heather employs a Developmental Advising approach in which the advisor and student partner to clarify the student’s life/academic/career goals to co-create an educational plan that will help the student flourish both academically and personally. Mutual responsibility of communication with specialized knowledge on the advisor’s side and personal knowledge and motivational/skill knowledge on the student’s is key to this approach.

Come Talk to Me About…: Heather is particularly passionate about the experiential learning component of the Lewis Honors College curriculum. Education abroad, undergraduate research, internships, and service learning all serve to give students real world experiences in their major or planned career. It is a joy to talk with students about how to integrate a full semester abroad or summer experience into their time here at UK, or how to approach a faculty member to get into his/her lab, or how to simply polish their cover letter for an internship application.

Lexington Favorites: Outside of her responsibilities with the Honors College, Heather enjoys traveling, reading, writing, gardening, pretending she takes yoga seriously, wasting time on Facebook, and saving the world. She also enjoys taking her puppy, Willow, to the Farmer’s Market at Cheapside Park during the summer.