Debra Carpenter | Webster University

Debra Carpenter

Debra CarpenterPosition

Dean Emeritus, Professor, Public Relations


Communications and Journalism

Home Campus

St. Louis (Webster Groves)

Courses Taught

GNST 1200 Freshman Seminar: Love of Horses Expressed Through Literature, Film and Photography
MEDC 1050 Introduction to Media Writing
PBRL 2920 Writing for Public Relations
PBRL 4050 Special Events
PBRL 4300 Crisis Communications and Issues Management
PBRL 4700 Professional Development in Public Relations
PBRL 5322 Public Relations
PBRL 5323 Organizational Communications
PBRL 5342 Writing for Public Relations
MEDC 6000 Seminar in Media Communications


Management Development Program, Harvard Graduate School of Education;
MA, Organizational Communication, Saint Louis University;
BS, Journalism, cum laude, University of Kansas

Professional Experience

Maryville University; Roosevelt University; 10 years as a professional public relations manager at AT&T and Southwestern Bell Corp.

Debra CarpenterAbout

Debra Carpenter devoted 30 years to bridging diverse audiences through public relations, both as a professional public relations manager in the corporate world and as a faculty member in the academic one.

At Webster University, she served as dean of the School of Communications for 16 years before she returned to teaching. During her more than 21 years at Webster University, she also has served as acting department chairperson, associate professor of public relations and adjunct professor in the Department of Media Communications.

Carpenter is on the board of directors for the St. Louis chapter of the Public Relations Society of America. She was selected as the 2003 Outstanding University Administrator of the Year by the Speech and Theater Association of Missouri and received the 1999 Certificate of Leadership from the St. Louis YWCA.


Webster Today
Carpenter Honored With Student Advisor Award
School of Communications Dean to Return to Teaching
Communications Students Shine in 'Best of Midwest' Awards

The Journal
Debra Carpenter to Step Down as SOC Dean

SOC Website
Schuster Retires After 32 Years

Contact Information


updated 7/2018