Mary Kelly, Ph.D.

Contact Information

Mary Kay Kelly, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

  • Full-Time Faculty


  • Ph.D., Educational Administration, Miami University
  • M.Ed., Curriculum and Teacher Leadership, Miami University
  • B.S., Secondary Life Science Education and Middle School Science Education, University of Minnesota
  • B.A., Biology, College of St. Benedict

Professional Activities

  • National Science Teachers Association
  • National Association of Research in Science Teaching
  • Association for Science Teacher Educators
  • Association for Middle Level Education
  • National Association for the Education of Young Children

Research Interests

Teacher preparation for early and middle childhood science

Selected Publications

  • Kelly, M.K., S.M. Adams, & J.L. Baldwin. (In press). The seeds of integration for early childhood: Implementing an emergent, standards-based, integrated, science-focused curriculum with diverse early learners. Catholic Education: A Journal of Inquiry and Practice.
  • Kelly, M.K., T.B. Smith, B. Basista, & Y. Miura. (In press). Fostering pre-service teachers’ development of pedagogical content knowledge in physics. Electronic Journal of Science Education.
  • Kelly, M.K. (2010). Middle school. In T.C. Hunt, J.C. Carper, T.J. Lasley, II, & C.D. Raisch, Eds., Encyclopedia of Reform and Dissent, 2:559-562. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.
  • Kelly, M.K., (2010). Paideia proposal. In T.C. Hunt, J.C. Carper, T.J. Lasley, II, & C.D. Raisch, Eds., Encyclopedia of Reform and Dissent, 2:683-685. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.
  • Baldwin, J.L., S.M. Adams, & M.K. Kelly. (2009). Science at the center: An emergent, standards-based, child-centered framework for early learners. Early Childhood Education Journal, 37(1), 71-77. Also, published online: May 7, 2009.
  • Boone, W.J., K.K. Metcalf, K.M. Paul, C. Lotter, & M.K. Kelly. (2009). Science and mathematics instructional time in an urban setting: Differences and similarities among private and public schools. Journal of Women and Minorities in Science and Engineering, 15:343-355.
  • Collopy, R.B., & M.K. Kelly. (2009). Answering the mandate and then some: Lessons learned from embedding value-added outcomes in the teacher licensure curriculum. Ohio Journal of Teacher Education, 22(2):32-40.