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431 Blank Honors Center

As Honors' Director of Scholar Development (DSD), Kelly works to offer both challenge and support to undergraduates pursuing scholarship, fellowship, or grant opportunities here at Iowa and in national competitions. Her record of service is rooted in the engagement of underrepresented populations in key social and political processes through education and advocacy and includes connections to the National Rural Development Partnership, Teach For America, Planned Parenthood, the Veteran's Administration, and Iowa NEW Leadership.

When she’s not reading personal statements or helping students identify their super powers, she is drawn to the concrete satisfaction that (sometimes!) comes with small-time organic garlic farming and renovating the old farm house she shares with her partner and their four-legged kids. 


  • Cornell College, Bachelor of Special Studies with honors in Politics and Women's Studies, 1999
  • University of Iowa, Master of Social Work with honors in Individual Practice, 2008

Interested and invested in:

  • teaching, facilitation, and curriculum development
  • transparency and reciprocity in mentorship and workplace relationships
  • the influence of familial, political, and social narrative on identity formation, progression, and decision-making

Awards and Recognition

  • 2017 Lola Lopes Award for Undergraduate Advocacy
  • 1998 Truman Scholar
  • 1997 Carver Scholar