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Kelly E. Bohrer

Director of Community Relations; Acting Director, The ETHOS Center


School of Engineering: Office of the Dean


Email: Kelly Bohrer
Phone: 937-229-3698
Website: Visit Site
Kettering Labs Room 101



Kelly, Director of Community Relations for the School of Engineering, supports the integration of community engaged learning and scholarship by faculty, staff and students with community and domestic partners, working with The ETHOS Center.  

She holds undergraduate and graduate degrees from the University of Dayton (UD) in environmental biology, specializing in ecosystem analysis and wetland restoration. Before joining UD in 2001, her work included environmental education consulting, habitat mapping with GIS/ArcMap, sage grouse field research, prairie and wetland ecosystem restoration, and computer systems assessment planning.  

At UD, she has served as Biology Lab Coordinator, Coordinator of Community Outreach, and the Fitz Center Director of Community Engaged Learning and Scholarship, where she directed high impact experiential learning and community engagement initiatives, including inquiry-based science labs and community-based internships. She has worked on faculty development programs for high impact teaching and learning, transdisciplinary campus-community collaborations, and curricular models for various academic majors, minors and certificates.   

In her teaching roles, she taught capstone courses for environmental biology and continues to teach for the SEE minor/major. She is a KEEN fellow and has integrated KEEN principles into the SEE capstone course, which includes community engaged projects with local partners.  She also assisted the University in receiving the Carnegie Community Engagement Classification, developing the Hanley Sustainability Institute’s Lincoln Hill Garden Initiative and collaborating for eight grants for various centers and disciplines. 

She has published in journals and conference proceedings and has presented nationally on collaborative strategies and initiatives in higher education, university-community partnerships, sustainability education, inquiry-based teaching, educating future professoriate and mission-informed practices in higher education. Kelly is actively involved on non-profit boards, committees for collective impact in the Dayton area and sustainability focused initiatives.