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Dr. Joelle Davis Carter

Dr. Carter


Dr. Joelle Davis Carter

Assistant Vice President for Retention and Student Services
Office: Wetherby Administration Building 210
Phone: 270-745-6169

Dr. Joelle Davis Carter was appointed as WKU's first Assistant Vice President for Retention and Student Services in August 2012. She is responsible for coordinating and implementing efforts across campus to increase the retention and graduation rates for undergraduate students. Dr. Carter has over 16 years of experience developing academic and student support services to engage students and better prepare them for academic and post-graduate success, and has received a number of awards in recognition for her contributions to higher education and student development fields.

Prior to accepting her position at WKU, she served as the Director for Undergraduate Programs in the George Washington University School of Business, where she was responsible for first year student initiatives and the School's undergraduate research program. During her time at George Washington University, she was tasked with developing programmatic strategies to involve students in research, leadership, and academic development, and coordinating efforts for the Business School's first-year development program. Dr. Carter has held previous positions at the University of Maryland College Park, Morgan State University, and Winthrop University.
During her career, Dr. Carter has received several awards and accolades in recognition for her work. In 2011, she was awarded the Melvene Draheim Hardee Award from the Southern Association for College Student Affairs, and a Governor's citation from the State of Maryland for the development of programs designed to increase of the participation of young women in science, technology, engineering and math majors. In 2007, she was recognized by the Prince George's County Business and Professional Women Organization as Woman of the Year. In 2003, she was awarded the Exempt Staff Award for Minority Achievement from the President's Commission on Ethnic Minority Issues at the University of Maryland College Park. She has also been asked to present at multiple conferences and universities; most recently, Dr. Carter was asked to sit on a panel of experts discussing increasing retention and persistence through pre-college programs at a presentation at Morgan State University in August 2013.

Since accepting her position, Dr. Carter has quickly integrated herself into the WKU community and become an active agent of change. Dr. Carter received a grant from the Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education (CPE) to develop a short-term initiative to increase the graduation rates of undergraduates with more than 75% of their degree credit requirements completed; after a successful pilot year, the Student Success Coach Program is set to continue on in the 2013-2014 academic year. She has reshaped Coordinator for Retention Applications and Outreach position to focus on MAP-Works software and outreach, and oversaw the hiring of Dr. Russell Curley, the new Director of the Academic Advising and Retention Center, after having the AARC assigned to her. Dr. Carter was also appointed by Provost Emslie as co-chair of the Retention Task Force, and has become heavily involved in expanding WKU's minority recruitment efforts, including developing minority scholarship programs and programs designed to increase the amount of minority students transferring to WKU.

Dr. Carter received her Bachelor of Science degree in Middle Grades Education from Winston-Salem State University, a Master's degree in Higher Education and Student Affairs from the Ohio State University, and her Ph.D. from the Department of Education Leadership, higher Education, and International Studies at the University of Maryland College Park. Dr. Carter has maintained an active scholarly presence, with a selected bibliography below:

Ingram, T.E., Greenfield, D., Carter, J.D. & Hilton, A. (Eds.) (Forthcoming, 2014). Exploring issues of diversity within historically Black colleges and universities. Charlotte, NC: Information Age Publishing.

Burke, M.G., & Carter, J.D. (In Press). Examining perceptions of networking among African Women in student affairs. NASPA Journal about Women in Higher Education.

Burke, M.G., Carter, J.D., & Hughey, A. (July, 2013). Use of case study competitions to better prepare students for the world of work. Industry and Higher Education.

Carter, J. D., Christian, W. A., III, & Polite, T. N. (forthcoming). Tale of two institutions: An examination of white student engagement at HBCUs . In. T. L. Strayhorn, M. S. Williams, & D. L. Tillman-Kelly (Eds.). Creating New Possibilities for the Future of HBCUs with Research (pp. xx-xx). Charlotte, NC: Information Age Publishing.

Carter, J. D. & Fountaine, T. P. (Spring, 2012). An analysis of White student engagement. In L.D. Hobson, & D. Harris, (Eds.), The Production of Knowledge and Human Capital: The Role of Historically Black Colleges. Journal of Educational Foundations. New Jersey: Stockton College.

Carter, J.D. (2012). Business Principles & Perspectives: Preparing undergraduate business students for the first year. Dubuque, IA: Kendall Hunt Publishing.

Billie, N.M. & Carter, J.D. (November, 2012). "People, Places & Things: Examining the Impact of Institutional Characteristics on the Experiences of HBCU Black Males". In A. Hilton, J. Luke Wood, & C.W. Lewis, Black Males in Postsecondary Education: Examining Their Experiences in Diverse Institutional Contexts. Charlotte, NC: Information Publishing Age.

Fountaine, T. P., & Carter, J. D. (December, 2011). "Yes I can!" Strengths-based approaches for engaging academically underprepared Black males. In R. T. Palmer, & J. L. Wood, (Eds.), Black Men in Black Colleges: Implications for Diversity, Recruitment, Support, and Retention. New York: Routledge Press.


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