Dr. Jennifer Putnam

Associate Professor, Ed.D.
Associate Dean, College of Education
Coordinator: EdD in Curriculum and Instruction Program


  • BS- Elementary Education: Appalachian State University
  • MA- Elementary Education: Appalachian State University
  • EdD, Curriculum & Instruction: Gardner-Webb University
    Dissertation Title: Program Fidelity and Teacher Decisions: A Case Study of the Renaissance Learning Program
  • National Board of Professional Teaching Standards Certification
  • Academically/Intellectually Gifted License

Professional Experience

  • Coordinator: EdD in Curriculum & Instruction Program, 2018- Present
  • Editorial Board, IMPROVE: Instructional modules for professional learning responding to opportunities and valuing educators. 2015-Present
  • Managing Editor, JOEL: Journal of Educational Leadership. 2018-2019
  • Dissertation Chair, Gardner-Webb College of Education 2014-Present
  • Coordinator: Teacher Leadership in Curriculum & Instruction Master’s Program, 2014 -2019
  • Peer Reviewer: Quality Matters
  • Instructional Coach/ Science Content Coordinator: Burke County Public Schools 2010-2013
  • Student Teacher Supervisor: Appalachian State University; York College; Pennsylvania State University. 2005-2013
  • Adjunct Instructor: Lees-McRae College 2002-2012
  • Teacher, Burke County Public Schools 1990-2010

Awards and Honors

  • Alfred & Shirley Wampler Caudill Rising Star Award
  • Quality Matters Course Design
  • Burroughs-Wellcome District Grant Recipient
  • Outstanding Elementary Mathematics Teacher Award
  • Presidential Award for Excellence in Math and Science Teaching, District Nominee
  • Alpha Chi Distinguished Faculty Mentor, Lees McRae College
  • Finalist: North Carolina Gifted Education Teacher of the Year
  • Salem Elementary Teacher of the Year
  • Odyssey of the Mind Regional Coach of the Year
  • Excellence in Student Teaching Award: Appalachian State University


  • Hobbs, Kari, Ed.D; Putnam, Jennifer, Ed.D (2016) “Beginning Teachers’ Experiences Working with a District- Employed Teaching and Learning Coach,” Journal Organizational & Educational Leadership: Vol. 1: Iss. 3, Article 3.
  • Brown, S., & Putnam, J. Mabry, H. (2019). Room to IMPROVE: Designing virtual professional learning environments. In P. Bull & J. Keengwe (Eds.), Handbook of research on innovative digital practices to engage learners (pp. 122-137). Hershey, PA: IGI Global.

Courses Taught

  • All courses in EdD in Curriculum and Instruction program
  • All courses in the Masters of Teacher Leadership in Curriculum and Instruction program

Dissertation Title

  • Program Fidelity and Teacher Decisions:  A Case Study of the Renaissance Learning Program

Areas of Research Expertise

  • Qualitative Methods
  • Mixed Methods
  • Teacher Leadership
  • School Culture
  • Reading
  • Program Evaluation
  • Survey Methods
  • Gifted Education