Gabe Tippery

Gabe Tippery

Gabe Tippery

Senior Undergraduate Academic Specialist


105A Hayes Hall
108 North Oval Mall
Columbus OHIO 43210

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Office Hours

Administrative Day
No Appointments

Tuesday & Wednesday
Online Only
8:30am-12pm and 1pm-3:30pm

Thursday & Friday
Online or On Campus
8:30am-12pm and 1pm-3:30pm

Areas of Expertise

  • General Education, Major, and Minor academic planning for Design students
  • Departmental Course Scheduling
  • Transfer Credit Evaluation
  • Career and Education Abroad Planning
  • Graduation Applications.
  • Curriculum Petitions
  • Departmental Web and Social Presence.
  • Undergraduate Recruitment and Departmental Admissions


  • M.F.A., Design Research and Development, The Ohio State University, 2012
  • B.S.D., Interior Design, The Ohio State University, 2009
  • Certificate of Audio & Music Production, Audio Engineering, The Recording Workshop, 2003
  • Diploma, College Prep, Melrose-Mindoro High School, 1999

The TL;DR:

Gabe Tippery helps undergraduate design students design their Ohio State experience and helps Ohio State Design meet the needs and expectations of those students -- past, present, and future. Gabe’s long-standing relationship with the Department of Design and Ohio State influences his role as the department’s Senior Undergraduate Academic Specialist, a position he has held since 2013. Gabe’s involvement with the department is extensive. He earned his BSD in Interior Design in 2009 and his MFA in Design Research and Development in 2012. His deep departmental knowledge informs his approaches to recruitment, admission and advising and enriches undergraduate design students’ experience. He also contributes to several of the department’s governance activities, establishes seamless communication among many different stakeholders and is an ambassador for the department at the college and university levels -- and beyond.

Gabe is also a first-generation college graduate, a certified recording engineer, avid accessibility advocate, proponent for an open-source culture, drummer, and a committed partner and father living with a spinal cord injury. He also firmly believes that a bio should always be written in third-person and strongly prefers to be addressed as just "Gabe."

How to schedule an advising appointment

Current Design students may schedule appointments 24/7 via OnCourse at  

If you are unable to make an appointment online, please call call 614-292-6961 or email When emailing or leaving a voicemail message, please be sure to indicate the purpose of the appointment and the best phone number and/or email address at which to reach you. Email and voicemail messages are monitored 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, excluding university holidays.

The Long Version:

As a Senior Undergraduate Academic Specialist, Gabe is responsible for recruitment, admission, advising, retention, and enrichment of all students in the undergraduate academic programs housed under the Department of Design at The Ohio State University. Gabe helps current and incoming undergraduate design students navigate the university and department systems, plan out their course work, readjust their goals when they meet obstacles, and find the best route towards the places students want to go with their lives after school. He also coordinates student internships and study abroad experiences for the students in design. He serves as the primary point of contact for undergraduate programs within the unit to all internal and external stakeholders including future students, families, employers, alumni, staff in collaborating units such as College and University level student services, and the general public. In his day-to-day activities, Gabe coordinates, manages, consults on and advocates for internal and external processes, communications, and developments as they pertain to the administration of the undergraduate curriculum. 

Academic Advising

Fosters student success through programs and strategies which support fulfillment of educational goals. Includes advising students on university policies, procedures, program and degree requirements and a range of other academic matters. Student orientation activities, materials preparation and distribution, logistics, teaching student survey courses and related actions are involved. Provides referrals to appropriate units for financial, mental health and other services. Includes collaboration with University Registrar, Student Financial Aid, University Bursar and other student support offices, and representing these services to students. Handles inquiries arriving via various channels, such as online, email and in-person.

Admissions and Recruitment

Responsible for student recruiting programs, pre-application and pre-admission, admissions applications reviews, systems data inputs and maintenance, admissions recommendations and decisions, and related processes as they pertain to unit’s competitive admissions processes. Includes interactions with students, families, external organizations and within the university for information exchange and issues resolution. Develop, implement and administer plans, programs and events for general and targeted student recruitment in support of organizational goals.

Academic and Curricular Program Services

Directly supports faculty and academic units in the development and delivery of educational offerings and programs offered by the university, ensuring support throughout the educational cycle from entry to graduation. Works with faculty to provide advice and coordination. Supports, coordinates and facilitates the implementation of various departmental curricula through service on standing and ad-hoc committees, as well as serving in various curricular job functions such as Transfer Credit Evaluator, Internship Coordinator, and Education Abroad Coordinator. It is not uncommon for me to attend meetings and update sessions on behalf of the Director of Undergraduate Studies, when they are unable to attend, as I work closely with them thought they are not my supervisor.

Registration and Records

Responsible for processes related to academic records, academic progress, and enrollment data. Process systemic enrollments requiring system overrides due to curriculum constraints and enrollment management policies. Forecasts and plans enrollment in collaboration with faculty for decisions on number of class sections to be offered; provides data services internally and externally in compliance with policies and regulations; supports services related to enrollment, advising and eligibility determinations. Liaison with offices such as University Registrar, roles involved in classroom allocation, capacity planning, electronic and other forms of document management, etc. Ensures that class schedules are up-to-date and entered in systems, enrollment data is reported and communicated as requested, and assessments are completed within the scope of job functions.

Marketing and Communication

Develops, implements, and oversees marketing and communications programs for the unit with long-and short-term strategies that support institutional priorities and business goals, while contributing to building the Ohio State brand. Manages the effective and efficient delivery of communications both internally and externally, via email, MS Teams, social media, and web platforms to further unit awareness, drive traffic to university and/or college/unit social media and/or web pages, and promote engagement towards other objectives. Collaborates across the enterprise on user experience, information architecture, and overall site content needs. Primary user and subject matter expert in web content management system within the unit, providing oversight and support while working closely with key stakeholders to ensure that web channel content is delivered with quality control, in compliance with policies and web standards and in support of business strategy and objectives.

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