Director Carol Heaverlo

Carol Heaverlo

Carol Heaverlo
Director, Professional Development
1110C Ext 4-H Bldg
1259 Stange Road
Phone: 515-294-8876



Carol Heaverlo has served as the director of Professional Development for Iowa State University Extension and Outreach since 2014. In this role, Carol provides leadership and oversight for the development, implementation, evaluation and monitoring of organization-wide professional development for faculty and staff in ISU Extension and Outreach, which encompasses the university campus in Ames and the 99 county campus across the state. She also teaches graduate courses in research methods, advanced qualitative research methods, and program assessment and evaluation. In 2017, Carol was presented with the Alumni Professional Achievement Award from Mount Mercy University.

Carol’s research interests include equity in education and development of adult learners, leadership development, and inclusion and retention in STEM. Carol’s dissertation research on STEM development is being utilized by more than 800 institutions and 108 countries around the world and has been published in the American Journal of Engineering Education and the Journal of Women and Minorities in Science and Engineering.

Professional Experience

Carol served as the director of extension education for ISU Extension and Outreach in Ida County from 2000-2005. In this capacity, Carol was responsible for budget planning and management, countywide needs assessment, strategic planning, development and implementation of educational opportunities to address identified needs for a diverse population.

Carol worked for the Program for Women in Science and Engineering from 2005-2014. In this role, Carol collaborated with educators and administrators within K-12 school districts, community colleges, four-year public and private universities, the Iowa Department of Education, and business and industry to coordinate and implement efforts that create an awareness and understanding of opportunities for diverse populations of students in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM).


Carol earned a bachelor’s degree in biology from Mount Mercy University, a master’s in biology from the University of Northern Iowa and her PhD in higher education leadership and policy studies from Iowa State University.