“This is the best place I ever worked! I love it here! I’m serious, the people here are awesome. It’s just a great environment,” said Harry Ryan Jr., online academic advisor at the JWU College of Online Education.
Although Harry is new to his role, he has been working as an adjunct professor at the Johnson & Wales University Providence campus for about seven years now. Every day, his time here at JWU Online is spent communicating to students about their path to graduation and addressing the concerns they might have.
Born and raised in Rhode Island, Harry has lived all over the state. Growing up in the Silver Lake area, he attended high school in West Warwick. After meeting his wife, Harry moved to West Greenwich and now currently lives in Richmond. A true Rhode islander!
Before working for the university, Harry worked as a high school history teacher, student counselor advisor, and coach for both baseball and wrestling. After working as an adjunct professor for Johnson & Wales part-time and working with some of the instructional designers at JWU, Harry jumped at the chance to make a career change and work with the university full time. According to Harry, the work ethic and passion of his colleagues is what encouraged him to come work at JWU full time in October 2019.
Helping Students Succeed
For Harry, the problem-solving aspect is his favorite part of the job. He said he enjoys being able to personalize the college experience for online students and showing students that the faculty and staff really care about them.
Advisors serve as the single point of contact for all questions and concerns. “What I’m learning and like about it is that every day it’s something different”. Essentially Harry and other academic advisors are the relationship managers between online students and the university. Harry does his best to establish and maintain collaborative and cooperative relationships with staff, faculty, and other departments to resolve student issues related to enrollment in online programs. Day-to-day, Harry could be helping students identify opportunities for academic improvement, assist with any financial issues, and overall encouraging students through their programs until completion.
Currently, Harry is juggling three jobs but he said he enjoys spending his time off with his family, reading and doing landscape work. He spends the majority of his free time watching Veggie Tales with his 6-year-old daughter and two dogs. He said he loves that the university gives him the ability to have a balance between his career and family.
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