Stephanie Carter is the Director of the Academic Center for Excellence at Bryant University in Smithfield, Rhode Island. She is a respected leader in the field of student success and learning assistance. As an award-winning educator with over twenty-five years of experience helping college students mediate the challenges of the higher education environment, she has gained expertise working with first-years and their parents to insure a healthy transition from high school to college. Stephanie has extensive experience, as both a scholar and practitioner, supporting first-year college students in classrooms, residence halls, writing centers and learning centers.
Stephanie completed her bachelor’s degree in psychology at the University of New Hampshire and went on to earn her master’s degree in English at the University of Rhode Island. Stephanie began her career of engaging with first-year students during her time at URI. There, she worked in the University’s summer bridge program for first-generation college students. Stephanie taught technology and information literacy to incoming first-years and met with students in the program’s writing center. It was there that Stephanie began to develop a deep appreciation for the unique needs of first-year students, particularly first-gens, and a passion for working with these students.
Stephanie has continued to help first-year students reach their academic goals at Bryant University, in the First-Year Gateway Program, where she has developed curriculum for writing courses and teaches composition. Stephanie is a nationally recognized expert in the areas of plagiarism and academic integrity, as well as information literacy in the writing classroom. She is often an invited presenter for professional and faculty development in-services as well as for student programs. Stephanie is actively engaged in several professional organizations. She is a past President of the Northeast
Writing Centers Association (NEWCA), and has been an active participant and presenter at their annual conferences. Currently, she is serving on the NEWCA steering committee. She also regularly presents at the College Reading and Learning Association’s national and regional conferences. Recently, Stephanie was selected as the College Reading and Learning Association Northeast’s Educator of the Year. In her local community, she is a member of the Warwick Public Library Board of Trustees.
Stephanie lives in Warwick, RI with her husband Steve and her children, Sophie and Sarah.