While Kelly was completing her Ph.D., she served as a graduate research assistant and then research associate on the NSF funded Project Nexus initiative. Kelly has also taught middle and high school oceanography, physical science, and Earth science and worked as an educator at the Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center. She has been active in a number of professional organizations including the Informal Science Education Strand of NARST, the National Marine Educators Association (NMEA), and the NSTA. She currently serves on the Evaluation and Measurement Task Force for the Center for Advancement of Informal Science Education (CAISE).
Kelly’s research interests include youths’ experiences learning science in informal science education, connecting formal and informal science education, supporting girls in STEM learning, and promoting access and inclusion in informal science education for learners with special needs.
Kelly has a Ph.D. in curriculum and instruction with a focus on science education from the University of Maryland, College Park; a M.S. degree in Oceanography from Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia; and a B.A. degree in Biology from Wittenberg University in Springfield, Ohio.