Biography


Daniel P. Kelly, Ed.D. Founder of STEM Explorers

Daniel P. Kelly, Ed.D.

Dr. Daniel Kelly is an Assistant Professor of Instructional Technology in the Department of Educational Psychology and Leadership in the College of Educationat Texas Tech University. Dr. Kelly‚Äôs main research interest is using the integration of technology to enhance the educational and employment outcomes of at-risk and underrepresented student populations in a STEM context. His primary population of interest is children in foster care and other non-parental custody. Currently, Dr. Kelly is concentrating his focus on investigating ways to increase STEM education participation among underrepresented groups. He is the director of the Connecting STEM project a free online STEM education research and teaching repository.

Prior to his work at Texas Tech, Dr. Kelly was a Teaching Assistant Professor of Technology, Engineering, and Design Education at NC State. He has also served as a middle and high school science, technology and engineering teacher. His published book Falling Down allowed him to found The PUSH Initiative, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to raising funds to help under-served children and families where he serves as president and executive director. Falling Down is an account of his life as a teenager and is meant to help families put the issues they face into perspective. More information can be found at fallingdownbook.com. Proceeds from the sale of the book are being donated to organizations that help at-risk youth.