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Carol Whelan, Ph.D., is a professor of practice in the Tulane Teacher Preparation and Certification Program in Newcomb-Tulane College. With support from the Center for Public Service and the staff at Banneker Elementary and Middle School, Carol redesigned the Education in a Diverse Society class to include the teaching of social innovation strategies and co-designed the first course in Social Innovation Social Entrepreneurship at Tulane. Many of her students have received funding for their innovative ideas through the support of Tulane’s initiatives in social innovation & social entrepreneurship and the Ashoka/Youth Venture program.

In collaboration with Tulane students, Carol has presented at the Ashoka U International Exchange Conferences in San Diego and Tempe Arizona and most recently led an academy session at the Impact Forum ‘13 in Singapore. Visit Carol’s blog at for information about these projects and her work in social innovation and education.

Dr. Whelan was recently awarded a $40,000 grant to improve the Teacher Preparation Certification Program (TPCP), enabling her to pilot a one-year residency program that, if successful, would be permanently implemented into the TPCP.

Whelan held the Paul Tudor Jones II Professorship and Cole Fellowship from 2011-2016.

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