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Joe Carver

Joe Carver is an eLearning OHIO academic advisor who was recently presented with the Academic Advisor Excellence Award from the Ohio Academic Advising Association.

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Joe Carver at OHAAA

Joe Carver receives the Academic Advisor Excellence Award at the Ohio Academic Advising Association’s annual conference on June 20 in Columbus.

Photo courtesy of: Ohio Academic Advising Association

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eLearning advisor receives statewide excellence award

Joe Carver, an eLearning OHIO academic advisor, was presented with the Academic Advisor Excellence Award at the Ohio Academic Advising Association’s (OHAAA) annual conference on June 20 in Columbus.

Carver works with online degree completion students and print-based students, such as those participating in Ohio University Correctional Education. Before coming to Ohio University two years ago, he was the assistant director of advising at Washington State Community College.

“It was a transition for me. I was used to face-to-face advising. Working with online and incarcerated students poses challenges, but I have the same passion for working with students,” Carver said.

Carver advised Terri Leary, a revenue auditor for Hollywood Casino Toledo, who earned an associate degree at Owens Community College and then graduated from Ohio University in May after completing an online bachelor of science in applied management. Even though Carver and Leary have never met in person, she said he was courteous and warm.

“When I made the transition from the community college to Ohio University, it was such a change. Joe didn’t know me, but he always made me feel important. He never told me what to do. He gave me options. Being a nontraditional student, that’s what I wanted,” Leary said.

Carver said the issues of advising are compounded when working with the populations eLearning serves, especially with incarcerated students, and the advisor must be the gateway to the university. Mailed correspondence is the primary form of communication between the advisor and incarcerated student, and Carver has to make sure his responses are complete. Despite the challenges, Carver said his work is rewarding.

“I pride myself on serving students. It was nice to be recognized by fellow academic advisors and to be recognized for what you’re doing with your students,” he said.

Ginny Cottrill, a retention coordinator and academic advisor for eLearning who nominated Carver for the award, said he has been thoughtful and diligent in working with other advisors, and he provides superior academic advising to his students.

“His quiet and thoughtful demeanor adds to his ability to find the correct approach for a diverse set of students, both online and incarcerated,” Cottrill said.

The Academic Advisor Excellence Award was established by the OHAAA Executive Committee in 2006. Those who have received the award demonstrate service and commitment to students and to the college, represent the college well, and are innovative in providing advising services. OHAAA is an allied member of the National Academic Advising Association and is dedicated to meeting the needs of academic advisors throughout the state of Ohio.