Cleveland State University

Exploratory Academic Advising

Exploratory Advising Team

The Exploratory Advising Office team of academic advisors and staff offer students a wealth of advising experience and knowledge.

Exploratory Advising Team

David Bowditch, Director
David Bowditch earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in English and a Master of Education degree in Adult Learning and Development from Cleveland State University. He has worked at Cleveland State University for 12 years, with all of his experience being in academic advising. He has served as a Director of University Advising since 2000.
Contact Information
Office Location - Main Classroom 110
Phone - 216-687-9374
Email - d.bowditch@csuohio.edu

Dr. Dillard Poole, Academic Advisor
Dr. Poole was born in Birmingham Alabama. Most of his life, however, has been spent right here in Cleveland, Ohio. He is a product of the Cleveland Public school system. His higher education accomplishments include the B.A. and M.A. degrees from Cleveland State University. These degrees were followed with the awarding of the Ph.D. from Indiana University. All degrees earned were in History. The Ph.D. major was in Latin American history. Over the last 28 years, he has been engaged in teaching history and is currently serving as an academic advisor.
Contact Information
Office Location - Main Classroom 110
Phone - 216-687-6915
Email – d.poole@csuohio.edu

Mary Beth McDonald, Academic Advisor
Ms. McDonald graduated from Ohio University with a B.A degree in History. She was selected for the Teacher Corps Program at Wayne State University in Detroit. She earned a Master of Arts in Teaching from Wayne State University, with a concentration in Reading. Mary Beth taught Developmental Reading/Study Skills for more than 25 years at CSU and has been advising for approximately 2 years. She especially enjoys working with freshmen, returning women and undecided students.
Contact Information
Office Location - Main Classroom 110
Phone - 216-687-2018
Email – m.mcdonald@csuohio.edu

Shela Perry Williams, Academic Advisor
Shela Perry Williams earned an M.A. Degree from Bowling Green State University in College Student Personnel, a B.A. in Sociology from Kent State University and a high school diploma from Glenville High School in Ohio. She has over 30 years of service and experience at Cleveland State University which has included advising and counseling, planning and coordinating workshops and seminars, and assessing program effectiveness. Her knowledge and experience about the educational process continues to make a difference in the lives of undecided, traditional and non-traditional students in planning their educational career goals and learning the skills needed for academic success.
Contact Information
Office Location - Main Classroom 110
Phone - 216-687-3597
Email – s.williams@csuohio.edu

Jennifer Stoneking, Administrative Assistant
Jenn has many years of experience as an administrative assistant, and enjoys working in higher education and supporting student success. In 2007, she was presented with the Distinguished Staff Service Award for her dedication and efforts to the success of undergraduate students. She stays engaged in the classroom by teaching Introduction to University Life and as a student in the Master's of Public Administration program in the College of Levin and Urban Affairs.
Contact Information
Office Location - Main Classroom 110
Phone - 216-523-7368
Email - j.stoneking@csuohio.edu