Kay Kelsey Director, Impact Evaluation Unit Agricultural Leadership, Education & Communication
Contact Information kdk@uga.edu 706-542-8646 706-542-1119
Mailing Address Athens, CAES Campus 203 Lumpkin House, 145 Cedar Street, Athens, GA 30602
Shipping Address Athens, CAES Campus 203 Lumpkin House, 145 Cedar Street, Athens, GA 30602

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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)

Research Interests

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.


  • Five book chapters on evaluation and distance education research
  • Seventy-one peer-reviewed journal articles
  • Eight-two peer-reviewed conference proceedings
  • Seven peer-reviewed extension bulletins
  • Thirty-seven evaluation reports
  • Thirty invited workshops and presentations
  • Twenty-five grant awards from federal, state, and local agencies totaling $11,327,850.00

Recent Publications

Recent Grant Activity

Kelsey has served as Co-PI or collaborator on twenty-five federal- and state-funded grants totaling over $11 million.  Recent projects include:

  • 2011-2014: Teaching Locally, Engaging Globally: Increasing Undergraduates’ Knowledge of International Dimensions. USDA Higher Education Challenge Grant. Lead evaluator with Amy Harder, University of Florida, Texas A&M University, North Carolina State University; Prairie View; Oklahoma State University.
  • 2010-2014: iWheat: A web-based IPM information and delivery system to unify reduced risk management strategies for winter wheat in the central and southern plains. USDA, Risk Assessment Mitigation Program. Contract agreement no: 2010-51101-21642. Lead evaluator with Kris Giles, et al., Oklahoma State University.
  • 2011-2016: Collaborative Research: URM: Preparing Biologists through Stewardship, Professionalism and Practice. National Science Foundation, DBI Undergraduate Research & Mentoring in Biological Sciences. Senior personal and lead evaluator with Kristen Baum and Don French, Zoology Department, OSU, Stillwater.
  • 2011-2015: Oklahoma State University Coordination Program for IPM Oklahoma! USDA. Co-PD and Lead evaluator with Dr. Tom Royer, Entomology IPM Specialist, OSU Stillwater.
  • 2010-2013: Request for Support of High-Priority EIPM Coordination Programs for IPM Oklahoma! USDA, NIFA. Co-PI and lead evaluator with Tom Royer, et al., Oklahoma State University.
  • 2012-2015: A predictive Model to Increase Adoption of IPM of a Mint-Vitus Disease Complex in Wheat. Co-PD and lead evaluator with Gary Hein, et al. University of Nebraska-Lincoln. USDA, AFRI Food Security Grants Program