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The Advising Syllabus outlines the relationship between a student and an advisor. Additioanlly, it explains the duties and responsibilities of both the student and the academic advisor. It is imperative every student reads and understands the expectations set forth for their advising interactions.

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Appointment Line: 740.593.4400
Front Desk: 103 McCracken Hall

NO Same-Day Appointments

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  • Schedule your appointment in advance

Advisors can get very busy, especially during peak times. Schedule an appointment early to ensure a time that works well for you.

  • Arrive on time (or even a  little early)

Arriving late could cause your advising session to be cancelled or cut short. Be on time or early to get the most out of your session.

  • Take notes

Write down tasks to be completed or helpful hints throughout your session. This will help you remember important points of your session later.

  • Bring any questions regarding your academic success

Having a list of questions to ask will ensure they are answered during your session. This will also give you the opportunity to write down the answers and have a reference sheet later.

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The advising office offers two services to address student's quick questions, without scheduling an appointment. Just show up!

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Location: 103 McCracken Hall
Mon-Wed: 5-7PM
No appointment needed!

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Location: 103 McCracken Hall
Thurs: 1-3PM
(NOT offered Week 1 or Finals Week)
























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Joy_CobbJOY COBB - Academic Advisor

Walk-In Advising: Tuesdays 5-7pm
Appointments: 740.593.4400 or
Direct Line: 740.593.4443
Advising Syllabus


B.S. Sociology, Ohio State University

M.Ed. Higher Education, Northeastern University

Hobbies: Seeing live music, traveling, attending sporting events, watching movies and spending time with family. 

Best advice: Do good wherever you go. 

Kelly_CzackKELLY CZACK - Academic Advisor

Walk-In Advising: Mondays 5-7pm,
Appointments: 740.593.4400
Direct Line: 704.593.9924
Advising Syllabus

B.S. Recreation Studies, Ohio University

M.Ed. College Student Personnel, Ohio University

Hobbies: Traveling anywhere, even if it's a road trip home to Cleveland, Ohio, painting on canvas, "experimenting" in the kitchen, writing, reading, hanging out with my dog, family and friend time, watching football and baseball, especially my OU and Cleveland sports teams!!

Best advice: Find passion in everything that you do, and if you can't find the passion, change what you're doing! Life is too short to spend time doing something you don't enjoy, so get out and live life, and don't let life live you! And don't EVER say you can't do something...if you WANT to do it, give it a try, you'll surprise yourself every time!

Kelly_DavidsonKELLY DAVIDSON (Ms. Kelly) - Academic Advisor

Walk-In Advising: Mondays 5-7pm,
Appointments: 740.593.4400
Direct Line: 740.597.1946
Advising Syllabus

B.A. English, Ohio University

M.Ed. Higher Education, Kent State University

Hobbies: Reading; traveling; experiencing the arts; shopping; community service; and baking.

Best advice: Believe in yourself! As a student at Ohio University, you are surrounded by individuals who can help you get where you want to be in life. Trust us to help you achieve greatness and believe in yourself because we believe in YOU!

FloydFLOYD DONEY - Academic Advisor

Walk-In Advising: Wednesdays 5-7 pm,
Appointments: 740.593.4400
Direct Line: 740.593.0884
Advising Syllabus

Associate Degree in General Studies, Kent State University

B.A. History, Business Management Minor and Certificate in Asian Studies, Kent State University

M.A. Asian Studies, The University of Illinois Champaign-Urbana

Hobbies: Walking, gardening, spending time with our dogs and cats and trying to reduce our family's eco footprint.

Best advice: It is much more rewarding to study something that you enjoy than it is to study something that you think will be more marketable.

melissa toretchMELISSA TORETCH - Academic Advisor

Walk-In Advising: Tuesdays 5-7pm
Appointments: 740.593.4400
Direct Line: 740.593.4444
Advising Syllabus


B.S. Physical Education, East Carolina University

M.S. Kinesiology, James Madison University

Hobbies: Traveling to the Caribbean, spending time with family and friends, watching sports (especially football) and watching my daughter play sports.

Best advice: The major you choose today doesn't define who you are. Don't stress about choosing a major. You are not stuck doing the same thing for the next 40 years. Many people change career paths as their interests and lives change.


BEN FORCHE - Director of Student Affairs, Patton College of Education

Walk-In Advising: Wednesdays 5-7 pm,
Appointments: 740.593.4400 or
Direct Line: 740.597.3237
Advising Syllabus

B.S. Visual Communication Technology, Bowling Green State University

M.Ed. Higher Education and Student Affairs, University of South Carolina

Hobbies: Woodworking, photography, Netflix, and spending time with my wife and daughter.

Best advice: Stay open to new possibilities. You never know where they may lead you.

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JAMIE DAHL - Assistant Director, 
Career & Leadership Development Center for Hospitality, Merchandising, and Recreation
Division of Student Affairs and the Patton College of Education
Appointments: 740.593.1391
Direct Line: 740.593.1398

Career Coaching Appointments on T/W/Th at the CLDC (5th floor Baker), schedule in advance
Career Leadership & Development Center website - (

B.S. Forest Management and Minor in Wood Products Business & Marketing, The Pennsylvania State University

M.S. Forest Resources, The Pennsylvania State University

Hobbies: Doctoral work in Higher Education Leadership; playing in the forest with my husband and little boy; yoga.

Best advice: Make the most of your time at Ohio University. Use this time and place as a springboard to gather resources and skills that allow you to keep on learning about yourself, about others, and about the world around you. Come and visit us at the Career and Leadership Development Center!

Office Personnel


MARCY O'BRIEN - Administrative Associate


Hobbies: Animals are my hobby and my life's work. Working with rescues to find forever homes.

Best advice: Don't listen to your friends! You have an assigned advisor and they are here to help you graduate, make use of them!

Dean's Staff


Maureen_CoonMaureen Coon
Ohio University
College of Education
103 McCracken Hall
Athens, OH 45701-2979


Maureen Coon serves as the Assistant Dean for Student Affairs and Academic Advising.

The Assistant Dean for Student Affairs and Academic Advising is responsible for overseeing undergraduate recruitment efforts, The Patton College’s Professional Advising Center, early clinical experiences and professional internships through the Office of Clinical Experiences, student records, and the Upward Bound program.

The assistant dean is a member of OHIO’s Assistant Deans Council and the Unit of Education’s U-PEP (Unit for the Preparation of the Education Professional) and Assessment Council, as well as the ex officio for The Patton College’s Awards Committee. The assistant dean also serves on the Academic Leadership Team and the College Coordinating Council for the college.




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