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Dr. John R. Kelly

Dr. John R. Kelly

Dr. John R. Kelly

Associate ProfessorUrban Education


Curriculum Vitae

I am an Associate Professor in the Urban Education Department at the University of Houston-Downtown. I teach a number of Special Education Courses to future Urban General Education Teachers. In addition, I also teach Educational Research in our Master's Program. I was born and raised in Houston, Texas. I received my undergraduate degree form Rice University, my Masters from Prairie View A&M University and my Ph.D. from The University Of Texas at Austin focusing on Learning Disabilities, Behavior Disorders, and Developmental Disabilities.

Degrees Earned

Rice University Bachelor of Commerce Business

Prairie View A&M Masters of Education Special Education

The University of Texas at Austin PhD Special Education

I focus on developing pre-service general education teachers' conceptual knowledge of special populations in PED 3301. My courses are technology driven, student-centered/directed, interactive and collaborative courses - centered by high impact service learning. My teaching and research interests focus on the impact service-learning has in shaping future general education teachers' attitudes towards special populations, literacy development, and building inclusive teaching practices.

Courses Taught

PED 3301: Introduction to Special Populations
SOCE 3320: Assessment
MAT 6315: Introduction to Educational Research
MAT 6390: Capstone Project

Experience Qualifications

Books and Book Chapters

Pohl, B., Kelly, J. & Borders, K. (2015). Technology and special education. In J. Nath & I. Chen (Eds.), Technology in the classroom: For now and the future (pp. 109-134). Dubuque, IA: Kendall Hunt.

Shogren, K. A. & Kelly, J. R. (2013). Self-determination and transition. In P. Wehman (Series Ed.), The Brookes Transition to Adulthood series. Baltimore: Brookes. Contributing author for a vignette for the book. (See Appendix L)

Journal Articles

Kelly, J. Kang, Y., Visbal, A. & Murray, C. (In Press; Winter, 2015). Transparency and problem solving - The UHD experience. AAC&U Peer Review.
Pohl, B. & Kelly, J. R. (2015). Hellen Keller: Sights from the past, visions for the future, 31. 45-48. Social Studies Texan.

Kelly, J. (2015). High­ impact service ­learning in an urban teacher preparation program: findings of a grant funded literacy project conducted with incarcerated youth. Proceedings of the INTED15 Conference, Madrid, Spain. IATED Digital Library (International Educational Conference Proceedings: World ISBN: 978-84-606-5761-3)
Kelly, J. R. & Shogren, K. A. (2013). The impact of teaching self-determination skills on the on-task and off-task behaviors of students with emotional and behavioral disorders. Journal of Emotional and Behavioral Disorders, 1-14 Online:

Castro, A. J., Kelly, J. R., & Shih, M. (2010). Resiliency strategies for new teachers in high-needs areas: urban, rural, and special education contexts. Teaching and Teacher Education, 26(3), 622-629.

More Information

All of my Introduction to Special Populations have been designated High Impact Service Learning courses.