Located in the McKusick Technology Center on the USD campus, the CTL provides a variety of academic support services for faculty to develop specific teaching strategies and techniques using university resources, including training, support of academic technologies and more. Kelley says that the CTL functions to achieve several goals, most importantly as an opportunity for faculty in all stages of development � from teaching assistants to senior professors � to develop and grow as teachers, and to foster the scholarship of teaching and learning. He admits that promoting teaching and learning to the university community is not a difficult task.
"There's a lot of exciting things that are happening here," explains Kelley, a native of Inman, NE. "Our goal, as an institution, should be to always look for ways in which we can improve � to encourage student-centered learning in our programs, and to cultivate the mentoring techniques and institutional policies that are vital to creating a diverse faculty of teacher/scholars who are dedicated to great teaching."
Prior to joining USD, Kelley spent nearly a decade at Shepherd University in West Virginia. While at Shepherd, he functioned as the coordinator of music theory and composition, and for the past two years he was the director of Academic Advisement. In 2003, he was awarded one of the first Shepherd University Teaching Fellowships. Before joining the staff at Shepherd, Kelley was at Ohio State University where he was an academic adviser in the University College and an instructor of music. He was also a recipient of the Outstanding Teaching Associate Award from OSU's Division of Music Theory in 1996, and he was a Pew Teaching Leadership Award recipient in 1993.
While at USD, Kelley says he hopes to build on what has already been established through the former Center for Instructional Design and Delivery and the Faculty Development Center.
"USD has a faculty that's deeply committed to teaching and learning," Kelley says. "The Center is fortunate in that it is building on a tradition of excellence already established by numerous faculty and admin- istrators here."
Kelley earned his bachelor's degree in music from Nebraska Wesleyan University; and received both his master's degree in music theory and a Ph.D. in philosophy from Ohio State University.