Jennifer L. Carter

Associate Professor jlcarter@seu.edu

Degrees Earned

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


Dr. Carter understood her calling to higher education and discipleship while 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 student development and academic affairs in both private and public institutions, as well as teaching graduate courses part-time before coming to SEU in 2018.  Her research interests include spiritual struggle in college students, spiritual formation of college students, academically underprepared students, diversity and social justice in higher education, and the impact of organizational culture on employee engagement and satisfaction.  Her dissertation research focused on the patterns and predictors of undergraduate college students’ levels of spiritual struggle, based on the type of institution the students attended.  She has presented research papers at the annual conferences for the Association for Study in Higher Education and the American Education Research Association.  Dr. Carter enjoys teaching research methods and helping students see how research is an extension of their own purpose and calling in God’s Kingdom.  She is also passionate about discipleship and helping others grow closer to the Lord.  Dr. Carter and her husband, Paul, have three daughters and they live in south Lakeland.