Laura Blankenship, PhD
Head of School, Effective July 1, 2020
Dr. Laura Blankenship began her career working at the intersection of technology and the humanities while earning her Ph.D. in Rhetoric and Composition from the University of Arkansas where her dissertation explored the use of web technologies to improve writing instruction. For the following twenty years, Dr. Blankenship dedicated her unique set of computing and literary skills to girls’ and women’s education. She spent seven years at Bryn Mawr College working as an Instructional Technologist where she ran a summer program for young women to learn web development and other technical skills while building projects for the school. In 2010 Laura moved to The Baldwin School, a PreK-12 all-girls school in Bryn Mawr, to establish the Computer Science program which began with two students and is now a fully integrated part of the curriculum that every Baldwin girl experiences. She currently serves as the Assistant Head of School at Baldwin and oversees all aspects of its academic life, including faculty evaluation and hiring, development of curricular and co-curricular programs, and the accreditation process. Over the last two years, Dr. Blankenship has led the implementation of Baldwin’s new strategic vision, putting in place programming across the school focused on interdisciplinary, project-based learning. Prior to taking on the role of Assistant Head, Laura served as the Dean of Academic Affairs and Computer Science Department Chair. Throughout her teaching career, Dr. Blankenship has been a strong advocate for women in STEM. Dr. Blankenship served for two years as a board member of the Computer Science Teachers’ Association and won the National Conference of Women in Technology Educator award. In her last months at Baldwin, Laura has been leading the school’s vital response to coronavirus and spearheading “Baldwin Wired”, its successful transition to online teaching and learning.