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Our Faculty

All great colleges have notable faculty. Carleton professors rise to the top because they focus first on teaching students. As respected scholars, scientists, artists, and researchers they’re at the forefront of their fields, but it is in the classroom that they truly shine. They value questioning and curiosity, collaboration and teamwork, experimentation and reflection—creating a vital, distinctive learning community for students and teachers alike.

faculty at commencement

Faculty Facts

  • 212 full-time faculty members in 2017-18.
  • 92% of Carleton faculty members hold the highest degree in their field.
  • 28% identify themselves ethnic minorities or of two or more races.
  • 1:9 faculty to student ratio.

Faculty Scholarship

Carleton faculty engage in a dynamic range of research and scholarship, individually and in collaboration with other faculty or students. Their scholarship is supported by internal and external grants, as well as ongoing academic initiatives.

Recent Carleton faculty scholarship & academic achievements.

  • I learned of Carleton in grad school--so many fellow grad students were from this little Minnesota college. I was so impressed with these Carls that I knew it was where I wanted to teach.
    Sam Patterson, Professor of Mathematics
  • Melissa Eblen-Zayas

    Faculty Highlight: Melissa Eblen-Zayas

    Being the face of the Perlman Center for Learning and Teaching has allowed Melissa Eblen-Zayas to think about campus engagement with newfound intentionality. Learn more.

  • Serena Zabin

    Faculty Highlight: Serena Zabin

    Carleton professors often invite students to get involved in their scholarly research. In one recent project, associate professor of history Serena Zabin worked with student researchers to investigate the British soldiers involved in the 1770 Boston Massacre. Watch a video feature about the project.

  • Constanza Ocampo-Raeder, left, enjoys a meal with her students in Peru.

    Faculty Highlight: Constanza Ocampo-Raeder

    Constanza Ocampo-Raeder’s summer research trip to Peru gave her insight on how to juggle family with work — and how to trust ambitious Carleton students to get plenty done. Learn more.