Don Carpenter

Contributing Faculty
College of Management and Human Potential
Doctor of Information Technology (DIT)

Don Carpenter (Dr. C) has a B.S. in Business Administration from University of Nebraska at Kearney; an MBA in Information Systems from University of Colorado at Colorado Springs; a Ph.D. in Business Management Information Systems from University Nebraska-Lincoln; and a Doctor of Divinity from American Institute of Holistic Theology. He worked in industry for ten years and has consulted to 300+ clients in a variety of systems analysis and design topics. He has been a full-time instructor at Pikes Peak Community College (4 years), a tenured professor at University Nebraska at Kearney (18 years), and a tenured professor at Colorado Mesa University (14 years). Dr. C served as Department Chair of Computer Science and Information Systems for 15 years at UNK and served as MBA Director at CMU. He is now a member of the contributing faculty in the Doctor of Information Technology program at Walden University. He has over 100 publications in a wide range of information technology topics. Dr. C has been teaching remotely-delivered classes for thirty years.

Courses Taught

ITEC 9000 - Doctoral Student Completion

ITEC 8100 - Doctoral Student Mentoring

ITEC 8447 - Qualitative Decision-Making for Strategic Analysis

ITEC 8437 - Quantitative Decision-Making for Strategic Analysis

NSEI 6511 - Information Systems Project Management

ITEC 8010 - Fundamentals of Information Technology


PhD, University of Nebraska - Lincoln

Doctor of Divinity, American Institute of Holistic Theology

MBA, University of Colorado at Colorado Springs

BS, Kearney State College (now University of Nebraska at Kearney)

Public Service

Center for Spiritual Living Grand Junction, Board of Directors - Grand Junction

Marketing Committee, Science of Mind Foundation, Committee Member -

Awards / Honors

Outstanding Educator Award, Colorado Mesa University Associated Student Government, 2008

Distinguished Faculty Award, Colorado Mesa Universtiy, 2016

Iota Alpha Delta Innovation Education Best Paper Award , Midwest Decision Sciences Institute, 2005


Carpenter, D., Pumphrey, D. (2017). Benefits plan implementation: An ethical dilemma. Journal of Critical Incidents

Carpenter, D. (2013). Open source software volunteerism vs. motivating potential of primary employment: suggestions for a research agenda.. Journal of Information Systems Applied Research

Carpenter, D., Agrawal, V. (2010). Why, when and what to outsource.

Schniederjans, M., Carpenter, D. (1996). A heuristic job scheduling decision support system: A case study. International Journal of Decision Support Systems

Carpenter, D., Digman, L. (1991). A goal programming model for allocating operating budgets among academic departments. Annual Meeting of Midwest Decision Sciences Institute

Carpenter, D. (1992). A comprehensive universal enterprise information model. Annual Meeting of the Midwest Decision Sciences Institute

Carpenter, D., McGinnis, D., Slauson, G. J., Snyder, J. (2013). A longitudinal study assessing the Microsoft Office skills course.. Information Systems Education Journal

Carpenter, D., Snyder, J., Slauson, G. J., Bridge, M. (2011). Additional support for the information systems analyst exam as a valid program assessment tool. Information Systems Education Journal

Snyder, J., Slauson, G. J., Carpenter, D. (2009). An action plan to increase IS enrollment based on recent survey evidence. Information Systems Education Journal

Carpenter, D. (1992). Are we teaching database design properly?. Journal of Computer Information Systems

Snyder, J., Carpenter, D., Slauson, G. J., Skinner, J., Nash, C. (2012). Beyond the bake sale: fundraising and professional experience for students involved in an information systems student chapter. Information Systems Education Journal

Slauson, G., Carpenter, D., Snyder, J. (2008). Copyright ethics: Relating to students at different levels of moral development. Information Systems Education Journal

Schutz, P., Carpenter, D. (2008). Critical considerations of talent management & knowledge management for effective HR planning..

Slauson, G. J., Snyder, J., Carpenter, D. (2009). Encouraging students to learn on the fly in CIS courses. Information Systems Education Journal


Carpenter, D., Slauson, G. (2014). Do students appreciate the motivating potential score of work?.

Carpenter, D., Parmen, D., Bridge, M. (2012). Making your team work and successful project management.

Carpenter, D. (2012). Waterfall or watermill? A better SDLC analogy.