Bios for Candidates for Chair-Elect

Mark Carpenter and Robert A. Norton   

Dr. Mark Carpenter is a Professor in the College and Science and Mathematics, COSAM. He received his Ph.D. degree in Statistics from the University of Louisiana-Lafayette in 1992 and joined Auburn University in 2003. Prior to Auburn, he has served as the Associate Director of the Medical Statistics Section and Senior Biostatistician at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) and before that he was an Associate Professor of Statistics at the University of South Alabama.

Professor Carpenter is an award-winning educator and researcher who has published 50 technical papers in statistical theory and applications. He has supervised 31 Auburn graduate students, 25 master and 6 doctoral and has served on 30 graduate committees in many other departments and colleges. He specializes in collaborative research in developing statistical leaning techniques across a variety of applications and has recently been funded for three joint projects (2 projects jointly with Aerospace and 1 project jointly with Aerospace and Computer Science), totally $741,200, related to the fusion of physics-based modeling and data science (deep learning). He has three decades of collaborative research and consulting experience in public and private settings, including litigation support.

Selected/Recent Committee Service: Faculty Dismissal Hearing Committee (2019-Present), Undergraduate Studies Committee, Dept of Mathematics and Statistics (2019-Present), Chair of the Search Committee for Assistant Professor of Data Science (2019-2020), Search Committee for Assistant Professor of Data Science (2017-2018 and 2018-2019), Chair of Ad hoc Tenure and Promotion Committee (2018), Committee for the creation of the M.S. Degree in Data Science (2017-2018), Mathematical Statistics Preliminary Exam Committee (chaired in 2017 and 2018), Advisory Committee to the Chair, Department of Mathematics and Statistics (2016-2018). Chair, Math/Stat Graduate Studies Committee. IACUC (6 years).

Robert A. Norton, Ph.D. is a Professor of Veterinary Infectious Diseases, Biosecurity and Public Health in the Department of Poultry Science, College of Agriculture at Auburn University. He also serves as the Chair of the Biosecurity and Food Defense Working Group in the Auburn University Foods System Institute (AUFSI). Appointed In 2020, as Faculty Liaison to Auburn University’s COVID Operations Committee, he also serves in this capacity on the COVID Resource Center Committee and COVID Clinical Subcommittee. For the last three years, Dr. Norton has served as the Office of the President’s Representative on the Senate Steering Committee.

Bios for Candidates for Secretary-Elect

Lucretia Octavia Tripp and Luke Oeding

Dr. Lucretia Octavia Tripp is an Associate Professor in Elementary Science Education, Curriculum and Teaching, Auburn University. She attended Fisk University, in Nashville TN, majoring in Psychology. Due to the death of her father, she returned to Macon GA and attended Wesleyan College. She received the BA from Wesleyan in Middle Grades Education. She received her Master’s Degree in Natural Applied Science with a concentration in Space and Aviation and her Ed.D. in Educational Studies from Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, Oklahoma.

Dr. Tripp's teaching and research centers on developing and motivating inservice and preservice teachers in the area of science along with preparing preservice teachers to focus on awareness of teaching culturally responsive, use of virtual classrooms in management and behavior, and how temperament styles support teaching and self-awareness. Dr. Tripp has led several studies abroad programs to Malawi, Africa and Monteverde Costa Rica supporting teaching, mentoring, and working with the community to show how science and responsive teaching has a global impact on our society.


• 17 years of experience in Auburn University College of Education Associate Professor of Elementary Science Education.
• 3 years of experience as Study Abroad Lead Director, Malawi Africa Lilongwe, Africa
• 1 year of experience as Study Abroad Lead Director, Monteverede, Costa Rica


• Provides leadership and direction for C&T Auburn International Study Abroad for Malawi Africa and Monteverde, Costa Rica
• Serve as Recording & Corresponding Secretary for Research Association of Minority Professors (RAMP)
• Executive Board for Research Association of Minority Professors
• Senior Scholar (in Residence) for Project Kaleidoscope (PKAL) and the Office of Undergraduate STEM Education within the Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U), Washington, DC
• Conference Co-Chair University of District of Columbia Partnered with Project Kaleidoscope. Capital PKAL Regional Network Conference (2015/2016), Washington, DC.
• Steering Committee Capital PKAL Regional Network, Washington DC.
• Strong communication and presentation skills.
• Invited to give over 60 talks on Science research, outreach or teacher professional development.
• Developed and worked member towards Auburn research organization with collaborative grants in excess of $101,909.00
• Strong teaching and outreach having graduated over 30 graduate students, (1PhD), supervised over 100 undergraduate elementary education majors. Since 1991 and up to the present, Dr. Tripp has worked with retention and outreach science programs to improve STEM education at all levels K-12, undergrad & graduate (e.g. Upward Bound, Boys & Girls Clubs local and National, tutoring programs
• Outreach Advocate for local and national community over the last 10 years working in the community at local schools, nationally and consulting
• Worked with the YES camps to enhance science teaching and student engagement with the College of Science and Math.


2010-present Associate Professor – Elementary Science Methods, Ed. D., Elementary Science Education – Auburn University
Strong communication and presentation skills, over 50 invited talks on research
Mentoring and student professional development.


1998 Ed. D., Applied Educational Studies, Oklahoma State University, Stillwater OK.

Dissertation Title: Impact of NASA's Urban Community Enrichment Program Enhancement Workshops on Classroom Instruction

1995 M.S., Natural Science, Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, OK.
1978 -1980 B.S., Middle Grades Education, Wesleyan College, Macon GA.


Books/Book Chapter

Tripp, L. & Collier, R. (Eds) (2019). Culturally Responsive Teaching and Learning in Higher Education. Hershey, PA: IGI Global.

Thomas, M. & Tripp, L. (2019). The impact of culturally responsive teaching on underrepresented students’ persistence in STEM: Culturally responsive instructional strategies. In Culturally Responsive Teaching and Learning in Higher Education (pp.164-192). Hershey, PA: IGI Global.

Tripp, L. O., Love, A., Thomas, C., & Russell, J. (2017). Teacher Education Advocacy for Multiple Perspectives and Culturally Sensitive Teaching. Advocacy in Academia and the Role of Teacher Preparation Programs. IGI Global, p. 161-181. DOI: 10.4018/978-1-5225-2906-4.ch009

Jones, S. P., & Tripp, L. O. (1998). African American astronauts. Mankato,MN:Capstone Press.

African American Astronauts is a collection of biographies that describe the lives and accomplishments of five African Americans.

Anderson, C., Biggs, P., Brown, D., Culivan, S., Ellis, S., Gerard, J., Hardwick, E., Poff, N., Rosenberg, C., Shearer, D., & Tripp, O. (1997). Aeronautics: Educator’s Guide and Activities in Science, Mathematics, and Technology Education. NASA Education Division, EG-2002-06-105-HQ.
Author and writer of this NASA Curriculum Science Guide (20% contribution). Each author was responsible for a chapter or section of the guide. These activities are used to introduce the basic principles of flight.

Selected Articles in Refereed Journals

Tripp, L., Seals C. & Robertson, B. (2019) Spectrum educational tool: Animated scenarios for teacher preparation. Journal of Online Learning Research and Practice, Vol 7, (3), doi: 10.18278/jolrap.7.2.3 Pl

Cardullo, V., Burton, M., & Tripp, L. (2019). Professional identities of teacher candidate collaborating and developing an alternative placement. The Field Experience Journal, Vol 24. pp.1-19.

Tripp, L. & Seals, C. (2018). Virtual Education: An Enhanced Alternative Learning and Practice for Pre-service Teachers. Conference proceedings, SITE, Alexandria VA

Cardullo, V., Finely, S., Burton, M. & Tripp, L. (2017). Pre-Service Teachers: Attitudes, Perceptions, and Knowledge about Academic Language and Academic Vocabulary. Journal of Higher Education Theory and Practice (ISSN# 2158-3595), v17, (9).


AACTE - America Association of Council Teacher Education presently NSTA – National Science Teacher Association - Presently RAMP – Research Association of Minority Professor AEA – Alabama Education Association NCM – National Council of Mathematics AACU – American Association Colleges and Universities

University Service

Committees: Graduation Committee, Retention Committee, Calendar and Schedules Committee, and Competitive Research Grant
College of Education - Diversity and Inclusion
C&T Department - Search Committees and Recruitment and Retention

Dr. Luke Oeding. is an Associate Proffessor of Mathematics and Statistics (DMS). He joined Auburn in 2013 after NSF sponsored postdoctoral positions at UC Berkeley (2011-2013) and Universitá Degli Studi di Firenze, Italy (2009-2011). He received his PhD in Mathematics from Texas A&M University in 2009. He was an Academic All-American pole vaulter at Franklin & Marshall College, where he double majored in Mathematics and Physics.

Dr. Oeding’s research splits the dividing line between the pure and applied, with interests in algebraic geometry and its applications to areas such as signal processing, computer vision, navigation, quantum information and the foundations of machine learning. He has authored over 20 publications in top pure and applied journals and has given over 125 invited lectures all over the world. He has consistently received funding for his interdisciplinary work.

At Auburn Dr. Oeding has served in a wide variety of departmental, college and university committees, including the following:

  • DMS Undergraduate Program Officer and Associate Chair (his 2020 Assessment reports for the Math and Applied Math programs were both rated as Exemplary). He recently chaired two successful faculty searches.
  • Main local organizer for the Spring 2019 Southeast Sectional meeting of the American Mathematical Society. This meeting attracted over 550 participants from all over the US and the world, and remains the largest mathematics conference ever hosted by Auburn University.
  • COSAM Inclusion, Equity and Diversity Task Force member.
  • AU: Teaching Effectiveness Committee member
  • AU: AAUP Executive Committee member

Dr. Oeding also actively collaborates across colleges. He has worked on research projects with engineers in the MRI Research Center, Electrical Engineering, and Mechanical Engineering. He partnered with the Department of Management to bring an Entrepreneurship Minor to DMS, has served as a judge for the TigerCage Business Idea Competition, and has served as an outside member for a hiring committee in the Harbert College of Business. He worked with the Honors College to develop new Honors Mathematics courses. The large conference he organized was made possible by facilitating collaborations between the COSAM and University Libraries administrative teams. He worked with the Office of Academic Assessment (OAA) to make a massive turnaround in the assessment of undergraduate mathematics programs. This effort received an “exemplary” rating in the most recent round of OAA’s meta-assessment. He is currently chairing his department’s Academic Program Review (APR) team.

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