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Kelly Brannan Trail



Global and Intercultural Affairs Center


Email: Kelly Brannan Trail
Phone: 937-229-3596
Alumni Hall 218


Kelly Brannan Trail is responsible for Education Abroad and Away programs, as well as Travel Risk Management. Her interest in study abroad began in college where she studied in Aberdeen, Scotland for a semester, and completed her student teaching in Cameroon. While at the College of Wooster, her Independent Study Project was an historical novel titled, “Ukurikurakiza: A Journey Into the Heart of Rwandan Conflict.” Kelly came to UD in 2015 with over 7 years of experience in higher education, working with study abroad programs. She was also an adjunct instructor and Academic Coordinator for a community development study abroad program at the University of Buea in Cameroon. She earned her Ph.D. in International Development. Her dissertation was titled "Globalization, Immigration, and Cultural Change: Conditions that Predict Shifts in Nationalistic Attitudes". Within global learning, two of Kelly’s primary passions are in ethical community-engaged learning and diversity, equity, and inclusion.

Degrees Held

Ph.D., International Development, University of Southern Mississippi (2020)
M.Ed., Educational Leadership, Antioch University (2011)
B.A., History, College of Wooster (2006)

Professional Activities

Steering Committee and Knowledge Mobilization Action Team, Community Based Global Learning Collaborative, 2019 - present

Task Force Chair, Faculty Development, Diversity Abroad, 2021-22

Revision Team, “Guidelines for Community Engaged Learning Experiences Abroad,” Forum on Education Abroad, 2022.


“Inspiring Institutional Change Towards Ethical Community Engagement,” COMMUNITY BASED GLOBAL LEARNING INSTITUTE, June 2022

“Utilizing Diversity Abroad’s AIDE Roadmap to Advance Inclusion Efforts,” FORUM ON EDUCATION ABROAD (virtual), April 2020, and DIVERSITY ABROAD CONFERENCE (virtual), August 2020

“Incorporating the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) into Education Abroad Programming,” FORUM ON EDUCATION ABROAD CONFERENCE (virtual), April 2020

“Communities of Practice for Ethical Engagement,” GLOBALSL.ORG SUMMIT, April 2018

“Women and Enduring Peace in Burundi and Rwanda,” INTERNATIONAL STUDIES ASSOCIATION ANNUAL CONVENTION, February 2016

“What Are We Evaluating Anyway?” NAFSA REGION VI ANNUAL CONFERENCE, November 2014

“The Benefits of Experiential Learning Activities in Study Abroad Programs: Case Studies,” NAFSA REGION VI ANNUAL CONFERENCE, November 2012

 “Qualitative Assessment of Global Competency Learning Outcomes,” NAFSA REGION VI ANNUAL CONFERENCE, November 2011