Laura Bowden Carpenter is the Head of the Department ofCounselor, Leadership, and Special Education and a Professor in the School of Education. Her faculty responsibilities include teaching courses in the Early Childhood Special Education and Collaborative Teacher Programs. Scholarly pursuits include numerous peer-reviewed presentations at international, national, and state conferences, as well as, authoring and co-authoring articles on diverse topics. These topics include visual supports for students with Asperger Syndrome, teaching strategies for teacher educators, recruitment and retention of special educators, visual impairments, and assistive technology. Dr. Carpenter is the lead author for the text Assistive Technology: Access for All Students (3rd Ed.). Dr. Carpenter is currently serving as a representative on the AUM Graduate Council, and a member of the NCATE Steering Committee, Chair of Faculty Qualifications. She is past president of the Children's Center of Montgomery Board of Directors and a current member of that board. Dr. Carpenter is the registrar for Sunshine Camp, a Christian weekend retreat for adults with intellectual disabilities.
In 2003, Dr. Carpenter received the Robert A. Wieseman Excellence in Teaching Award. In 2005, she was awarded the AUM Distinguished Teaching Professor Award. In 2008, Dr. Carpenter received the Auburn University Montgomery School of Education Dean’s Service Award. In 2011, Dr. Carpenter received the Henry N. Williford Distinguished Research Award.