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Robert J Gray

Title: Associate Director & Adjunct Assistant Professor
Office: 2617 French Hall
Tel: 513-556-6540

Bobby is currently the Associate Director and an Adjunct Assistant Professor with the Center for Exploratory Studies (CES).  Bobby's career in higher education spans over 11 years including roles as Program Director with UC's Career Development Center and as the Director of Career Services for Brown Mackie College - Northern Kentucky. His passion for working in education focuses around major exploration, career decision making, and student professional development. 

Currently, Bobby is pursuing his doctorate of education in educational leadership degree.  He is a graduate of the University of Cincinnati with a Master of Education degree in Curriculum and Instruction and South University, Savannah, Georgia with a Bachelor of Business Administration degree with a concentration in human resources management. Additional training and professional development includes Education Management Corporation’s Career Services Academy and Campus Leadership Institute.

Bobby currently serves UC's advising community as the Programming Chair for the UC Undergraduate Academic Advising Association (UCUAADA).  In the past he has served as programming co-chair for UC's annual advising conference, chair of the Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce College Connect Committee, a member of the Northern Kentucky Education Alliance, and as chair of the workforce readiness committee and as a board member of the Northern Kentucky Society for Human Resource Management.


  • Master of Education, University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, Ohio, 2012 (Curriculum and Instruction).
  • Bachelor of Business Administration, South University, Savannah, Georgia, 2010 (Human Resources).
  • Doctor of Education (in progress), William Howard Taft University, Santa Ana, California, 2018 (Leadership and Management).

Presentations & Lectures

Invited Presentations

  • Gray, R and Gavin, D (03/24/2015). Integrating Career and Academic Advising University of Cincinnati Advising Professional Development Series.
  • Gray, R. (05/22/2015). Integrating Career and Academic Advising Ohio Academic Advising Association (OHAAA), Miami University, Hamilton, Ohio.
  • Gray, R (09/19/2017). Integrating Career Advising into Academic Advising UC Advising Conference, University of Cincinnati.
  • Gray, R (04/12/2018). Using a Learning Community Model With Exploratory Students National Academic Advising Association (NACADA), Columbus, OH.

Honors & Awards

  • Dean's List of Teaching Excellence, 2011.
  • Dean's List of Teaching Excellence, 2012.
  • Dean's List of Teaching Excellence, 2012.
  • Top Achiever's Group, 2006. Education Management Corporation.
  • Oustanding Achievement Award, 2007. Brown Mackie College.
  • Top Achiever's Group, 2008. Education Management Corporation.
  • Sarah Grant Barber, Oustanding Advising Administrator, 2018.

Experience & Service

Work Experience

  • 11-2010 to 12-2013, Program Director, Adjunct Instructor, University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, Ohio.
  • 04-2005 to 10-2010, Director of Career Services, Brown Mackie College - Northern Kentucky, Fort Mitchell, Kentucky.
  • 04-2001 to 04-2005, Sr. Account Manager, On-site Manager, Recruiter, CBS Companies (now Staffmark), Cincinnati, Ohio.
  • 09-2011 to 01-2012, Adjunct Faculty, Cincinnati State Technical and Community College, Cincinnati, Ohio.
  • 12-2013Associate Director, Center for Exploratory Studies, University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, Ohio.


  • Committee Chair, Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce College Connect, 2009 to 2010
  • Committee Chair, Northern Kentucky Society of Human Resources Management Workforce Development, 2010 to 2010
  • Member, Interview Committee - Associate Director, 2012
  • Member, Interview Committee - Associate Director, 2013
  • Member, UC International Committee, 2013
  • Committee Chair, UCSPAN, 2012 to 2013
  • Committee Chair, UC Faculty Staff Campaign, 2011 to 2013
  • Co-Chair, UC Advising Conference Programming, 2015
  • Interviewer, Interview Committee - Academic Advisor (2), 2015
  • Committee Member, Associate Director Interview Committee, 2015
  • Committee Chair, University of Cincinnati Undergraduate Academic Advising Association (UCUAADA) Programming, 2015 to Present

Other Experience and Professional Memberships

  • 2010 to 2013 ,Member, National Association of Colleges and Employers
  • 2006 to 2013 ,Member, College Connect, Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce

Courses Taught

  • 22-PD-502 PROF DEVEL II
    Professional Development
    Level: Undergraduate
    Comments: 2010-2012
  • -BT9200 Professional Practice
    Level: Undergraduate
    Comments: Cincinnati State Technical and Community College; 2011-2012
    Level: Undergraduate
    Comments: 2011-2013
    Level: Undergraduate
    Comments: 2014-current
  • -UNIV1001 Online Education Strategies
    Level: Undergraduate
    Comments: University of the People, 2016 - present
    Level: Undergraduate
    Comments: Spring 2017
    College Success Skills
    Level: Undergraduate
    Comments: Fall 2017
  • -UNIV201 Career Planning & Management
    Level: Undergraduate
    Comments: Colorado Technical University; 2018 - present