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Doug S Kennedy

Title: Senior Academic Advisor and Adjunct Assistant Professor
Office: 2620 French Hall
Tel: 513-556-6540
Email: doug.kennedy@uc.edu

With over 25 years of professional advising and teaching experience, Doug specializes at UC in exploratory academic advising for major selection, eligibility, and declaration; student persistence and retention; and graduation.  Doug joined the College of Arts & Sciences (A&S) and UC's Center for Exploratory Studies (CES) in May of 2006, and works with exploratory students to help them discover their "best fit" major and then to become eligible to apply to and/or declare this major at UC.  Part of his work at UC is co-teaching a section of the Discovering UC (MLTI1075) course every fall semester.  He coordinates administrative projects including first-year student orientations and the "Center for Exploratory Studies Advising" Blackboard organization for exploratory advisors and students.  Doug's caseload of students include Top 10% students, LCAMP students, students living in the Gen One House, and Running Start students.  Doug has an affinity working with non-traditional students at UC.  He serves as the advising liaison to UC's College of Engineering and Applied Science (CEAS) and UC's College of Medicine (CoM), and as the exploratory advising liaison to the UC Athletic Department's Student Athlete Support Services (SASS).  He also represents CES advisors on the University's Orientation Advisory Committee-Working (OAC-W) group, serves on the A&S Orientation Committee, and on various other committees and task forces representing A&S, CES, and/or advisors across campus when asked.  Doug is a first generation college graduate and especially enjoys lining up candidates at UC Commencement Ceremonies every semester since his former exploratory students graduate from every UC college.  Student major declaration, retention, and graduation are Doug's primary professional goals at UC.

UC's Center for Exploratory Studies:     EXPLORE.    DISCOVER.    DECIDE.   DECLARE!

Previous to working at the University of Cincinnati, his alma mater, Mr. Kennedy worked as the senior career specialist with the Jobs for Cincinnati Graduates' (JCG) Senior-to-Career program for 14 years (1993-2006) advising Purcell Marian High School seniors and graduates.  His JCG program at Purcell Marian - Cincinnati's most diverse high school -  was recognized for over a decade by Jobs for America’s Graduates, Inc. (JAG) and Jobs for Ohio's Graduates (JOG) for his Cavaliers’ many achievements.  He was a member of Purcell Marian's Guidance Department and School-to-Career Committee for 14 years, and co-chaired Purcell Marian's annual Cavalier Career Day for eight years.  He was the junior varsity golf coach at Purcell Marian for 10 years.  Doug also has management, human resources, and training experience in both large and small businesses, and social service experience in non-profit organizations including the Brighton Center in Northern Kentucky and Junior Achievement of Greater Cincinnati, Inc. 

Born in Ashland, OH and raised in Cincinnati (Anderson '81), Doug enjoys fishing the Forks of the Elkhorn River outside Frankfort, KY from a canoe, traveling, hiking, practicing yoga, baking, tailgating, Guinness and following many sports including our Bearcats.  Doug and his husband, Kevin, and their rescued cat, Junior, live in Columbia Tusculum, Cincinnati's oldest neighborhood.


  • Associate of Applied Business, UC Clermont College, 1983 (Business Management).
  • Bachelor of Applied and General Studies (AGS) - Individualized Studies Track, UC College of Evening and Continuing Education (CECE), 1995 (Focus in Urban Sociology and African-American Studies).

Presentations & Lectures

Invited Presentations

  • Doug Kennedy Following-up with Students to Increase Retention, Graduation and Placement Rates Jobs for America's Graduates' National Training Seminar, Various locations over six summers.
  • Kayti Kennard and Doug Kennedy (09/21/2012). Managing Advisor Information for High Student Satisfaction UCUAADA Conference, University of Cincinnati.
  • Doug Kennedy and Yolanda Cooper (10/02/2008). Orienting Exploratory Freshmen for Major Selection and Retention NACADA National Conference, Chicago, IL.
  • Donnie McGovern, Doug Kennedy, Sue Roth and Renee Rodriguez-Merino (04/20/2011). Advising LGBTQ Students: Getting Beyond DADT UC Diversity Conference, University of Cincinnati.
  • Doug Kennedy (09/23/2015). Complete College Ohio 101 UC Advising Conference, University of Cincinnati.

Honors & Awards

  • Sarah Grant Barber Outstanding Professional Advising Award, UCUAADA, Spring, 2011.
  • Top Senior Career Specialist Award, JAG National Training Seminar, Summer, 2004.

Experience & Service

Events Organized

  • Chair, JCG Student Leadership Development Conference (1995 to 2005) , Cincinnati, OH.
  • Co-Chair, JCG Career Development Conference (1997 to 2006) , Cincinnati, OH.
  • Bearcat Bound Orientation for Exploratory Students (2008 to present), University of Cincinnati's Center for Exploratory Studies.

Other Experience and Professional Memberships

  • Member, National Academic Advising Association (NACADA) and University of Cincinnati Undergraduate Academic Advising Association (UCUAADA) (2006 to present),
  • Member, UCUAADA Mission and Vision Task Force (13FS),
  • Member, UC Complete College Ohio Task Force (14SS),
  • Member, UCUAADA Advising Strategic Plan Task Force (15SS),
  • Member, A&S, CES and other College/Departmental Hiring Committees (various dates from 2008),

Courses Taught

    Discovering UC
    Level: Undergraduate
    Comments: 2006 to present. Discovering UC is a first-year experience course for openly exploring first-year students providing an introduction to UC's majors and programs of study. Students follow a decision-making model for the selection of their "best-fit" major at UC: taking stock, exploring self, exploring majors, making a decision, and implementing their decision. Students complete self-assessments revealing their personalities, interests, abilities, and values. Faculty and staff will present and engage students in discussions and other activities regarding the baccalaureate degree programs, minors, and certificates at UC and what they have to offer. Students will also participate in activities focusing on diversity and self-awareness while learning about programs and services offered pertaining to diversity and inclusion. Assignments include self-reflection papers, a mandatory advising meeting to review progress in the class, research about future academic and career opportunities, an experiential learning project, and the development of an academic plan. The goal in Discovering UC is for first-year openly exploring students to discover their "best-fit major" at UC.