“Problem-solvers are what we need now more than ever — and this is what engineers do best. ERVA’s role is to facilitate connections within the engineering ecosystem so we can leverage the power of interdisciplinary experts across sectors. We are putting engineers in the driver’s seat, envisioning the research directions needed to tackle our nation’s most pressing challenges."
Jennifer E. Carinci brings extensive experience launching new research initiatives and leading diverse partnerships, in addressing gaps in the field and ultimately improving stakeholder outcomes, to her work as ERVA executive director.
She most recently served as program director for STEM Education Research at the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), leading efforts to improve instruction and broaden participation. As principal investigator (PI) of National Science Foundation (NSF) grants, Carinci spearheaded the development of two new communities designed to form connections across people and ideas within and outside of NSF-funded PIs. Advancing Research & Innovation in the STEM Education of Preservice Teachers in High-Need School Districts (ARISE), debuted in 2018 with Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarship funding, to provide resources and a forum to foster research and evidence-based innovation in STEM teacher education; and through the Improving Undergraduate STEM Education (IUSE) program, she led the creation of the AAAS-IUSE Initiative in 2020 to support the greater undergraduate STEM education community by disseminating research and knowledge about STEM learning, equity, and institutional transformation. Her project portfolio also included managing the L'Oréal USA Fellowships for Women in Science program – a national award that annually recognizes five U.S.-based women researchers at the beginning of their scientific careers – and advising on the AAAS IF/THEN Ambassadors program, an initiative to create a culture shift around the perceptions of women in STEM careers who serve as high-profile role models for middle school girls.
Previously, Carinci was the inaugural director of research, innovation, and data strategy at the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP). Given the newness of both the position and the organization, her role involved shaping and implementing an ambitious agenda to advance educator preparation. Prior to CAEP, Carinci trained as an Institute of Education Sciences (IES) Pre-Doctoral Training Fellow with a background as a middle and high school art teacher in Baltimore City.
She has served as a board member of multiple higher education and K-12 organizations, as well as reviewing for NSF, the U.S. Department of Education, the American Educational Research Association (AERA), and the District of Columbia Office of the State Superintendent of Education (OSSE). She is the recipient of the NSF STEM for All Video Showcase award and was named the Maryland Art Education Association’s New Middle School Art Teacher of the Year as well as a Fulbright Teacher Scholar in Greece. She served as the program chair of the Academic Audit Research in Teacher Education SIG and is a past member of the AERA Council. Carinci holds a bachelor in fine arts degree from Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA), as well as a master’s degree in education and a doctorate in teacher development and leadership from Johns Hopkins University.