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- Doctor of Philosophy: Agricultural, Extension, & Adult Education, Cornell University, Ithaca New York. Minors: Program Evaluation and Curriculum & Instruction (1999)
- Master of Arts: Agricultural & Extension Education, New Mexico State University (1994)
- Teaching Credential: Agricultural Education, California State University, Chico (1987)
- Bachelor of Science: Animal Science, California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo (1984)
Kay Kelsey has served as program evaluator, adult educator, and qualitative research methodologist for 20 years. She has won 30 awards for outstanding teaching, research and service including the D. W. Brooks Award for Excellence in Diversity for the ALEC Department and two Fulbright Senior Scholar awards to assist Moi University to develop distance learning capacity, Kenya, 2009, and Naresuan University, Phitsanulok, Thailand to develop assessment strategies for adult learners, 2012.
Awards and Honors
Thirty-one awards for outstanding teaching, research and service including the D. W. Brooks Award for Excellence in Diversity for the Department and two Fulbright Senior Scholarships.
Publications and Scholarship
- 5 book chapters on evaluation and distance education research
- 83 peer-reviewed journal articles
- 92 peer-reviewed conference proceedings
- 8 peer-reviewed Extension bulletins
- 39 evaluation reports
- 26 invited workshops and presentations
- PI, Co-PI, or lead evaluator on 40 grant awards from federal, state, and local agencies totaling $20,871,075.00
Recent Peer-Reviewed Journal Articles
Bolded names indicate Master of Science or Doctor of Philosophy student advisees
- Mulvaney, C., Kelsey, K. D., Fuhrman, N. E., Lemo, R., & Angle, J. S. (in review, May 2020). Beyond economics: Understanding why African farmers use so little fertilizer. Fertilizer Focus, Argus. www.argusmedia.com/fertilizer
- Dossou-Kpanou, B. M. G., Kelsey, K. D., & Marabesi, A. O. (2020, in preparation). An evaluation of social networks within federally funded collaborative projects: A case of spotted wing drosophila. Advancements in Agricultural Development.
- Marabesi, A. O., & Kelsey, K. D. (2020, in preparation). An evaluation of social networks within federally funded collaborative projects: A case of lighting approaches to maximizing profits. Advancements in Agricultural Development.
- Harriman, H. C., Fuhrman, N. E., Kelsey, K. D., & Woosnam, K. M. (in review, May 2020). Forestland management and empowerment: A phenomenological inquiry into the experiences of women forestland managers in Georgia. Advancements in Agricultural Development.
- Bower, K., Kelsey, K. D., & Marabesi, A. O. (2020, in preparation). Learning outcomes of a peer assisted learning model: Enhancing student engagement in STEM higher education.
- Garner, C., & Kelsey, K. D. (2020, in-press ). Growing well-being through community gardens in Georgia. Journal of Human Sciences and Extension.
- Marabesi, A. O., Kelsey, K. D., Anderson, J. C., & Fuhrman, N. E. (2020, in-press). Building bridges: Improving Extension support to organic growers in north Georgia. Journal of Human Sciences and Extension.
- Kelsey, K. D., & Fuhrman, N. (2020 in-press). Leadership and life skills development among 4-H club board members. Journal of Human Sciences and Extension.
- Kelsey, K. D. (2020). The sharpening stone: A phenomenological study of the impact of a 4-H state-level leadership role on youth leadership and life skills development. Journal of Human Sciences and Extension, 8(1), 1-17. https://www.jhseonline.com/article/view/997
- Mulvaney, C., & Kelsey, K. D. (2020). A phenomenological inquiry to understand Ugandan farmers' perceived barriers to fertilizer use. Advancements in Agricultural Development, 1(1), 63-74. https://doi.org/10.37433/aad.v1i1.7
- Marabesi, A. O., & Kelsey, K. D. (2019). A phenomenological inquiry into producers’ experiences growing organic produce. Journal of Extension, 57(5), 1-9. Feature Article 5FEA4. https://www.joe.org/joe/2019october/a4.php
- Mulvaney, C., Kelsey, K. D., Fuhrman, N., & Lemo, R. (2019). Climbing Jacob’s ladder: A phenomenological inquiry to understand Ugandan farmers' experiences using fertilizers. Journal of Southern Agricultural Education Research, 69(1), 1-15. Outstanding Research Article of the Year.http://jsaer.org/pdf/Vol69/2019_010%20formatted%20to%20print.pdf
- Kelsey, K. D. (2018). Building evaluation capacity within an agricultural NGO using SWOT analysis. Journal of International Agricultural and Extension Education, 25(1), 60-70. Doi: 10.5191/jiaee.2018.25016. http://aiaee.org/attachments/article/1702/8%20SWOT%20Analysis%20for%20NGO_Kelsey%20r1.pdf
- Jackson, E., Kelsey, K. D., Rice, A. H. (2018). A case study of technology mediated observation in pre-service teaching experiences for edTPA implementation. NACTA Journal, 62(1), 1-10. https://www.nactateachers.org/attachments/article/2710/5%20Emilia%20Dover%20Jackson.pdf
- Brown, N. R. & Kelsey, K. D. (2016). Prospect evaluation as an emerging pre-evaluation technique in the case of Great Plains wheat producers’ use of Web 2.0 Technology. Journal of Human Sciences and Extension, 4(2), 126-140. http://media.wix.com/ugd/c8fe6e_7a4fdc5cb0b94d2da6c4795f1956ffeb.pdf
- Baker, M., Bunch, J. C., & Kelsey, K. D. (2015). An instrumental case study of effective science integration in a traditional agricultural education program. Journal of Agricultural Education, 56(1), 221-236. Doi: 10.5032/jae.2015.01221. http://www.jae-online.org/attachments/article/1881/2014-0892-Baker.pdf
- Clark, M., Kelsey, K. D., Brown, N. R. (2014). The thornless rose: A phenomenological look at decisions career teachers make to remain in the profession. Journal of Agricultural Education, 55(3), 43-56. doi: 10.5032/jae.2014.03043. https://pdfs.semanticscholar.org/501c/428ac71f82bbba1668688b068de9f3e781a6.pdf
- Jones, C., Kelsey, K. D., Brown, N. R. (2014). Climbing the steps toward a successful cooperating teacher/student teacher mentoring relationship. (2013-0766). Journal of Agricultural Education, 55(2), 33-47. Doi: 10.5032/jae.2014.02033. http://www.jae-online.org/attachments/article/1815/2013-0808%20brown.pdf
- Brown, N. R., Terry, Jr. R., Kelsey, K. D. (2014). Examining camper learning outcomes and knowledge retention at Oklahoma FFA leadership camp. (2013-0759) Journal of Agricultural Education, 55(1), 8-23. doi: 10.5032/jae.2014.01008. http://www.jae-online.org/attachments/article/1812/jae55.1.pdf
- Brown, N. R., Terry, Jr. R., Kelsey, K. D. (2013). The impact of learning styles on learning outcomes at FFA camp: What campers retain over time. Journal of Agricultural Education, 54(4), 206-220. Doi: 10.5032/jae.2013.04206
- Rebek, E. J., Kelsey, K. D., & Schnelle, M. (2013). Adoption of Integrated Pest Management practices among Oklahoma greenhouse producers: A case study for experiential learning. Journal of Extension 51(6), article 6RIB4. Available: http://www.joe.org/joe/2013december/rb4.php
- Robinson, J. S., Kelsey, K. D. & Terry, Jr. R. (2013). What images show that words do not: Analysis of pre-service teachers’ depictions of effective agricultural education teachers in the 21st century. Journal of Agricultural Education, 54(3), 126-139. Doi: 10.5032/jae.2013.0126 (Author of the year, 2nd runner up).
- Blackburn, J., & Kelsey, K. D. (2013). Understanding authentic assessment in a secondary agricultural mechanics laboratory: An instrumental case study. Journal of Human Sciences and Extension, 1(1), 1-16.
- Brown, N. R., & Kelsey, K. D. (2013). Sidewalks and city streets: A model for vibrant agricultural education in urban American communities. Journal of Agricultural Education, 54(2), 57-69. http://www.jae-online.org/attachments/article/1737/54.2.5%20%20Brown.pdf
- Schrock, J., & Kelsey, K. D. (2013). A phenomenological look at 4-H volunteer motives for service. Journal of Extension, 51(2), article 2RIB1. Available: http://www.joe.org/joe/2013april/pdf/JOE_v51_2rb1.pdf
Current Grants and Research Activities (2017-2020)
- 2018-2021. Building Evaluation Capacity with IFDC, Muscle Shoals, AL. PI Kelsey
- 2018: Building a Pipeline for Graduate Education from Navajo Technical University to University of Georgia. University of Georgia Graduate School Recruitment Enhancement Grant. PI Kelsey
- 2018-2019: Bridging Two Nations: Connecting Navajo Nation with University of Georgia through Sa'a naghai bik'e hozho Recruitment Workshop. UGA Office of Diversity, New Approaches to Promote Diversity and Inclusion. PI Kelsey
- 2019-2021: Leading Nations with Agricultural Education: From Local to Global to Advance Agriculture in Native America. USDA-NIFA, Food and Agricultural Sciences National Needs Graduate and Postgraduate Fellowship (NNF) grants program. PI Kelsey
- 2019-2023: LAMP: Optimizing the cost-effectiveness of lighting in controlled environment agriculture. PI van Iersel, Kelsey et al. USDA-NIFA-SCRI. NIFA # 2018-51181-28365 ($5M)
- 2019-2021: Furthering the development and implementation of systems-based organic management strategies for spotted wing drosophila. PI Sail, Kelsey et al. USDA-NIFA-Organic REI GRANT12581415. ($2M).
- 2020-2023: IRM: The ProQual Institute for Research Methods in STEM Education: A Novel Problem-Led and Research-Quality-Focused Approach. PI Walther et al. Kelsey, lead evaluator. NSF ($1M).
- 2020-2024: Urban Agriculture and Life Sciences Academy: Strengthening the Urban Agriculture and Life Sciences Workforce through Culturally Responsive Agricultural Literacy. PI Anderson, Shaw, Kelsey. USDA NIFA ($300,000).