Dr. Melvin Carver received the Bachelor of Arts Degree in Art and Design from North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University. He joined the art faculty at North Carolina Central University (NCCU) after completing his Masters in Product Design from the School of Design at North Carolina State University. Initially teaching courses at NCCU in Graphic Design and Visual Communications, Dr. Carver also earned the Ed.D. in Art Education from the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana. The title of his dissertation was; A Study of the Comparative Effectiveness of Computer-Assisted Instruction and Traditional Instructional Methods in Teaching Classification of Harlem Renaissance Paintings. Carver research investigated students learning to study African-American Painting styles using the computer compared to students using classroom instructions. No difference between groups and how they learned painting styles were found. Students studying using the computer learned the information faster.
Upon his return to NCCU, Dr. Carver became Chair of the Art Department and focused his efforts on increasing computer technology. The Department of Art has two computer labs and particularly a graphics lab with current software and media equipment for visual communications courses.
Dr. Carver acquired a Red Hat Scholarship for art students in the Art Department. This resource enables the department to recruit and enroll talented art students. In addition to teaching and administrative duties, Dr. Carver has led students to study abroad during the summer at the University of Science and Technology in Ghana, West Africa. Later he received a Fulbright Fellowship to bring an internationally known painter, Benjamin Offei-Nyako to teach for one year in the Department of Art.
Dr. Carver received the UNC Teaching Award in 2000. In 2002, he designed the North Carolina Central University mace. The mace is a symbol of authority carried before the chancellor and other dignitaries during commencement processions and traditional ceremonies. He received a grant to fund the Seed sculpture by Juan Logan that was erected on the lawn of the BBRI on NCCUs campus. He is a member of AIGA, SECCA, Siggraph Educational Group, the Friends of African & African American Art group and the Omega Psi Phi fraternity. Carver has written numerous articles for the Gano a department newsletter and the Renaissance a tabloid paper that was published twice annually in the Herald newspaper. In 2003, he illustrated a childrens book, The Greedy Spider and in 2010 designed the cover for I Walked the Sloping Hills a publication in press written by Walter M. Brown. Carver is a graphic artist and consults commercially, designing company marks, brochures, signage, screen printing and etc. He was awarded, in 2004 the silver bowl for service at NCCU.
In the summer of 2007, Dr. Carver was selected by the Oxford Round Table Committee, Harris Manchester College in Oxford England as a presenter at their annual meeting. His presentation, Balancing the Two Cultures: Mainstream Universities Versus HBCUs in the USA, focused on the strengths and differences in art and humanity programs at member institutions in the NC-UNC system.