Joelle Carter

Contributing Faculty
Richard W. Riley College of Education and Human Sciences
Doctor of Education (EdD)

Dr. Joelle Davis Carter has more than 20 years of teaching and administration experience in higher education primarily serving in roles to ensure academic student success. Her teaching experience has included facilitating learning for both graduate and undergraduate students focused on the first-year experience, diversity and inclusion, social and cultural diversity in counseling and organizational leadership. Dr. Carter has held a number of senior level administrative roles such as Dean for Student Development, Assistant Vice President for Retention and Student Services and Director of Undergraduate Programs on campuses such as Piedmont Community College, Western Kentucky University and George Washington University respectively. In her capacity at Walden University, Dr. Carter serves as a Contributing Faculty member for the doctoral higher education program in the Richard W. Riley College of Education and Leadership. In this capacity, she provides online instruction, feedback and support for students engaged in the dissertation process. Dr. Carter received her Ph.D. in Educational Policy and Leadership from the University of Maryland College Park, Master of Arts degree in Student Development from The Ohio State University and Bachelor of Science degree in Middle Grades Education from Winston-Salem State University.


PhD, University of Maryland College Park

MA, The Ohio State University

BS, Winston-Salem State University

Awards / Honors

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., African American Relations Committee of Bowling Green, Kentucky, 2014

Melvene Draheim Hardee Award, Southern Association for College Student Affairs, 2011


Carter, J. D. (2015). Examining Perceptions of Networking among African American Women in Student Affairs. NASPA Journal About Women in Higher Education


Carter, J. D. (2015). Considering the Complexities: A Closer Examination of Diversity on Historically Black College and University Campuses. SACSA