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Jacob Kelley

PhD Student

Biography

Jacob Kelley is from Rockwood, TN. He received a B.S. in Interdisciplinary Studies, an M.A. in Curriculum and Instruction, and an Ed.S. in Curriculum and Instruction from Tennessee Tech University. Jacob’s research focuses on understanding the causes and consequences of international migration among children, youth, and families. He is committed to the use of research methods that promote dignity and trust.


Education

August 2019 - PresentDoctor of Philosophy (PhD), Child and Family Studies, University of Tennessee – Knoxville, TN

  • Certificate: International Children, Youth, and Families

May 2019 Specialist in Education (EdS), Curriculum and Instruction Tennessee Technological University – Cookeville, TN

May 2016 Master of Arts (MA), Curriculum and Instruction
Tennessee Technological University – Cookeville, TN

December 2014 Bachelor of Science (BS), Interdisciplinary Studies
Tennessee Technological University – Cookeville, TN

Curriculum Vitae


Professional Service

Employment:

August 2019 – Present Teaching Assistant

  • Early Learning Center for Research and Practice
    University of Tennessee – Knoxville, TN

August 2016 – May 2019 Graduate Assistant

  • Center for Innovation in Teaching and Learning
    Tennessee Technological University – Cookeville, TN

August 2016 – May 2019 Teaching Assistant

  • Department of Sociology and Political Science
    Tennessee Technological University – Cookeville, TN

January 2015 – May 2016 Graduate Assistant

  • Office of International Education
    Tennessee Technological University – Cookeville, TN

Service to the Institution:

University of Tennessee

2019 – Present Dean of Libraries’ Student Advisory Committee (Member)

2019 – Present Center for Sport, Peace, and Society (Contributor)

2019 – Present Center for Children’s and Young Adult Literature (Volunteer)

Tennessee Technological University

2019 Multicultural Education Affinity Group (Contributor)

2018 – 2019 Academic Learning Community on Inclusive Excellence (Facilitator)

2018 – 2019 Strategic Plan Subcommittee: Education for Life (Contributor)

2018 – 2019 Learning Management System Evaluation Task Force (Student Representative)

2018 – 2019 Department of Biology: Biological Communication Skills (Poster Evaluator)

2018 Moving Beyond the Test: A Workshop on Authentic Assessment

(Facilitator)

2018 Graduate Students Affinity Group (Co-Chair)

2017 – 2019 One World Organization (President)

2017 – 2018 Explorative Academy for Global and Local Engagement (Program Manager)

2017 – 2018 Academic Learning Community on International Students (Co-Facilitator)

2017 – 2018 Interfaith Service Organization (President)

2016, 2017 Classroom Assessment for Engineers Workshop (Facilitator)

2016 – 2019 Center Stage Series Diversity Subcommittee (Member)

2016 – 2019 Journal of Creative Inquiry (Assistant Editor)

2016 – 2017 Gateway Initiative: Teaching, Learning, and Accessibility (Contributor)

2015 – 2016 International Education Week Committee (Co-Chair)

2014 – 2015 International Affairs Committee (Member)

2014 Department of Foreign Languages (Peer Tutor)

2012 – 2019 Window on the World Festival Committee (Member)

Service to the Community:

2019 Putnam County Food Council (Contributor)

2018 – 2019 Scholars United for the Homeless (Participant)

2018 – 2019 The Peace Dragon (Board Member)

2016 – 2019 Cookeville Immigrant and Refugee Alliance (Co-Founder)

2016 – 2017 Cookeville Rotary Excellence in Teaching Award (Co-Chair)

2014 – 2016 Putnam County Public Library (Volunteer)

2013 – 2014 Putnam County Schools System (After-School Tutor)

2012 – 2014 International Friends Host Family Program (Volunteer)

Professional Affiliations:

American Educational Research Association

National Council on Family Relations

National Association for the Education of Young Children

National Association for Multicultural Education

American Sociological Association


Awards and Recognitions

2019 – 2023 Tennessee Fellowship for Graduate Excellence

2019 – 2020 J. Wallace and Katie Dean Graduate Fellowship

2017 Research and Creative Inquiry Day Award

2016 Phi Delta Kappa Honor Society

2015 Outstanding Student Employee Award

2015 Phi Beta Delta Honor Society

2014 Askey Foreign Languages Scholarship

2013 William J. Brinker Scholarship for Study Abroad

2013 Department of Foreign Languages Faculty Scholarship

2012 Alpha Mu Gamma Honor Society


Publications

Hales, A., Cruz, L., & Kelley, J. (in press). The power of interest: Connecting the real world to the finance classroom. Journal of Economic and Finance Education.

Papers Under Review:
Arce-Trigatti, A., Kelley, J., & Haynes, A. (2019). Gaining ground: Toward the development of critical thinking skills in a social problems course. Submitted to Teaching & Learning Inquiry.

Kelley, J., & Watson, A. N. (2019). Soaring to new heights: A reflexive account of transformation in higher education. Submitted to Journal of Multicultural Affairs.

 

Papers in Progress: 
Cruz, L., Kelley, J., & Miller, C. (2019). Outside the box: Promoting creative problem-solving from the classroom to the boardroom. Preparing for Journal of Excellence in College Teaching.

Kelley, J. (2019). Trapped between the lines: A critical examination of text selection in one rural school district. Preparing for Taboo: The Journal of Culture and Education.

Presentations:

Silber-Furman, D., Akenson, A., Arce-Trigatti, A., & Kelley, J. (2019, November). No longer confined: Decolonizing contexts for teaching and learning by centering diversity. Panel presentation at National Association of Multicultural Education Annual Conference. Tucson, AZ.

Kelley, J. (2019, November). Beyond the bookshelf: Discovering human rights within children’s literature. Workshop presentation at National Association of Multicultural Education Annual Conference. Tucson, AZ.

Haynes, A., Basha, S., Drane, D., Kelley, J., & McClearn, D. (2019, October). Assessing and improving critical thinking across national, institutional, and disciplinary borders. Paper presentation at International Society for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Annual Conference. Atlanta, GA.

Akenson, A., Arce-Trigatti, A., Garner, B., & Kelley, J. (2019, October). Marching to a different beat: Voices of social change from a community of practice on diversity and inclusion. Panel presentation at International Society for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Annual Conference. Atlanta, GA.

Haynes, A., & Kelley, J. (2019, August). Using creative media projects to engage students in social justice and improve their critical thinking skills. Roundtable presentation at American Sociological Association Teaching and Learning Symposium. New York City, NY.

Brown, S., & Kelley, J. (2019, August). ePortfolios as a pedagogical tool for creative inquiry. Roundtable presentation at American Sociological Association Teaching and Learning Symposium. New York City, NY.

Kelley, J., Akenson, A., Arce-Trigatti, A., & Silber-Furman, D. (2019, July). Beyond these walls: Centering diversity across learning contexts for equitable communities. Panel presentation at National Association for Multicultural Education Tennessee Chapter Conference. Cookeville, TN.

Cruz, L., Kelley, J., & Miller, C. (2019, January). Outside the box: Pedagogy of creative problem solving in disciplinary context. Session presentation at SoTL Commons: A Conference for the Scholarship of Teaching & Learning. Savannah, GA.

Watson, A. N., & Kelley, J. (2018, November). A tale of two communities: Supporting international students through communities of practice. Session presentation at National Association of Multicultural Education Annual Conference. Memphis, TN.

Kelley, J., & Wilson, C. (2018, November). Our neck of the woods: Toward a more equitable conception of rural schools and communities. Session presentation at National Association of Multicultural Education Annual Conference. Memphis, TN.

Kelley, J. (2018, November). Trapped between the lines: A critical examination of text selection in one rural school district. Poster presentation at National Council of Teachers of English Annual Convention. Houston, TX.

Haynes, A., & Kelley, J. (2018, August). Teaching social problems in the era of “fake news.” Roundtable presentation at American Sociological Association Teaching and Learning Symposium. Philadelphia, PA.

Kelley, J. (2018, June). What does the fox say? Revisiting the possibilities of trickster tales in the classroom. Session presentation at Upper Cumberland Literacy Association Summer Literacy Conference. Cookeville, TN.

Kelley, J. (2018, May). Voices of difference: A qualitative exploration of international student experiences. Poster presentation at NAFSA: Association of International Educators Annual Conference & Expo. Philadelphia, PA.

Kelley, J. (2018, May). Not like him: A son's autoethnographic awakening toward power and privilege. Paper presentation at Fourteenth Annual International Congress of Qualitative Inquiry. Urbana, IL.

Zagumny, L., Elizer, N., Kelley, J., Powell, A., & Thomas, G. (2018, May). A new generation of engaged scholars pushing back in troubled times. Panel presentation at Fourteenth Annual International Congress of Qualitative Inquiry. Urbana, IL.

Kelley, J. (2018, March). A son’s struggle: Confronting white supremacy through autoethnography. Paper presentation at National Association for Ethnic Studies Annual Conference. Richmond, VA.

Kelley, J. (2017, December). Toward a place called home: Representation of refugees in young adult literature. Session presentation at Tennessee Reading Association Annual Conference. Murfreesboro, TN.

Isbell, J. K., Chaudhuri, J., Kelley, J., & Silber-Furman, D. (2017, November). Voices of the invisible: Advocating for international students in higher education. Panel presentation at National Association of Multicultural Education Annual Conference. St. Lake City, UT.

Kelley, J. (2017, June). Toward a place called home: Representation of refugees in young adult literature. Session presentation at Upper Cumberland Literacy Association Summer Literacy Conference. Cookeville, TN.

Kelley, J., Cruz, L., Faust, A., & Swank, B. (2017, April). Classroom physiology: The mechanics of student interaction in the honors classroom. Session presentation at University System of Georgia Teaching and Learning Conference. Athens, GA.

Kelley, J., Faust, A., & Swank, B., & Cruz, L. 2017, April). Classroom physiology: The mechanics of student interaction in the honors classroom. Poster presentation at Tennessee Technological University Research and Creative Inquiry Day. Cookeville, TN.

Kelley, J. (2017, April). A world of difference: Exploring the experiences of international students. Poster presentation at Tennessee Technological University Research and Creative Inquiry Day. Cookeville, TN.

Hales, A., Cruz, L., & Kelley, J. (2017, March). Increasing student engagement using real-world data in the finance classroom. Session presentation at SoTL Commons: A Conference for the Scholarship of Teaching & Learning. Savannah, GA.

Grants:

  • 2019 Tennessee Technological University. Office of Student Affairs Travel Grant. $1,200. Awarded to present at an academic conference.
  • 2018 Walmart Foundation. “Reading the World: A Multicultural Library Initiative.” $3,000. Collaborators: Mike Stein (Coffee County Schools), Ada Haynes (Tennessee Technological University), and Andrea Arce-Trigatti (University of Tennessee, Knoxville). Funded.
  • 2018 Tennessee Technological University. Office of Creative Inquiry. “Integrating Creative Inquiry into a Social Problems Course.” $5,228. Collaborators: Ada Haynes (Tennessee Technological University) and Andrea Arce-Trigatti (University of Tennessee, Knoxville). Funded.

  • 2018 Tennessee Technological University. Office of Creative Inquiry. “ePortfolios: An Evidence-Based, High-Impact Practice for Demonstrating Professional Potential.” $2,300. Collaborator: Shelley Brown (Tennessee Technological University). Funded.

  • 2018 Tennessee Technological University. Office of Student Affairs Travel Grant. $1,400. Awarded to present at academic conference.

  • 2018 Nissan Foundation. “Bridging Diverse Communities: The Road to Bully-Free Schools.” $25,000. Collaborators: Linda Ragsdale (The Peace Dragon), Ada Haynes (Tennessee Technological University), and Alana Stein (University of California, Davis). Unfunded.

  • 2017 Tennessee Technological University. Center Stage Series. “Writing the World: An Immigrant’s Tale with Ibi Zoboi.” $4,775. Collaborator: Ada Haynes (Tennessee Technological University). Funded.

  • 2017 Tennessee Technological University. Office of Student Affairs Travel Grant. $1,500. Awarded to present at an academic conference.

  • 2017 Tennessee Technological University. Center Stage Series. “Journey to Hope: An Evening with Michel Chikwanine.” $6,775. Collaborator: Ada Haynes (Tennessee Technological University). Funded.

  • 2017 Tennessee Technological University. Provost’s Micro-Grant for Student Success. “Explorative Academy for Global and Local Engagement.” $4,942. Collaborator: Ashley Watson (Tennessee Technological University). Funded.

  • 2016 Tennessee Technological University. Center Stage Series. “Salam Neighbor: Life in a Syrian Refugee Camp.” $8,855. Collaborator: Ada Haynes (Tennessee Technological University). Funded.

  • 2016 Tennessee Technological University. Office of Student Affairs Travel Grant. $1,000. Awarded to present at an academic conference.

  • 2015 Peace Education Fund. “Continuum of Peace: Bridging Cultures Through Peace Education.” $26,660. Collaborators: Ada Haynes, George Chitiyo, Kaitlin Salyer (Tennessee Technological University), and Linda Ragsdale (The Peace Dragon). Unfunded.

  • 2015 Tennessee Technological University. Center Stage Series. “Survival Through Music: Arn Chorn-Pond and the Genocide in Cambodia.” $9,610. Collaborator: Ashley Watson (Tennessee Technological University). Funded

  • 2013 Tennessee Technological University. Office of the Provost Travel

    Grant. $1,000. Awarded to study abroad for a semester.


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