Dona Rinaldi Carpenter, EdD, RN




  • B.S.N., Misericordia, 1979
  • M.S.N., Villanova University, 1984
  • M.S.N., Teacher’s College Columbia University, 1987
  • Ed.D., Columbia University , 1989 


  • Case Professor, University of Scranton
  • Excellence in Teaching Award, University of Scranton
  • Service Award, Panuska College of Professional Studies
  • AJN Book of the Year Award 1995

Professional Memberships:

  • American Nurses Association
  • Sigma Theta Tau
  • AACN
  • Alpha Sigma Nu

Research Interests:

  • Qualitative research methods, nursing education

Dr. Carpenter has been working in Professional Nursing Practice since 1979. She joined the Nursing department at the University of Scranton in 1985. During her tenure at Scranton she has taught both undergraduate and graduate course work in research and ethics.  She also taught medical surgical nursing in the classroom and in clinical. In addition to teaching she has served as RN-BSN program director, Undergraduate Program Director, and  Department Chair. Dr. Carpenter has authored and coauthored multiple journal articles, chapters and books on Nursing Education, Qualitative Research and Service Learning. 

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