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About Catherine M. Kelly, PhD

Catherine M. Kelly, Associate Professor of Education at St. Catherine University, teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in literacy methods and children's literature, content area literacy, research methods, and assessment in addition to supervising practicum and student teaching experiences. Her research interests focus on effective preparation of and induction for elementary teachers particularly for diverse school contexts. She holds current Minnesota teaching licenses in Elementary Education K-6, Reading K-12, and English as a Second Language K-12.


Present Associate Professor, St. Catherine University Education Department

Curriculum Vitae

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Professional Service and Affiliations

2020 - Present Treasurer, Minnesota Academy of Reading
2019 - Present Member, Education Department edTPA Committee
2013 - Present Member, Institutional Review Board
2020 - 2021 Past-President, Faculty Senate
2019 - 2020 President, Faculty Senate
2012 - 2020 Executive Board Member, Minnesota Academy of Reading
2018 - 2019 President-Elect, Faculty Senate
2013 - 2018 Member, Faculty Senate
2016 - 2017 Co-Author, St. Catherine University Assurance Review Report
2014 - 2017 Member, Constitution & Bylaws Revision Ad-Hoc Group
2015 - 2015 Author, Education Department Board of Teaching Institutional Accreditation Report
2010 - 2012 Co-President, Minnesota Academy of Reading
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Honors and Awards

  • TeachingWorks Minnesota Teacher Education Fellowship, 2019
  • TeachingWorks full scholarship for the Certificate Sequence in Practice-Based Methods Instruction in Teacher Education, 2020-2021


  • EDUC 6550: Best Practices with Informational Text
  • EDUC 6530: Formative and Standards-Based Assessment Practices
  • EDUC 6900: Literacy Coaching: Building Skillful School and District Literacy Leadership
  • EDUC 3290: Methods and Materials in Kindergarten
  • EDUC 6750: Introduction to Educational Research
  • EDUC 6600: Pathways to Equity
  • EDUC 3550: Content Area Literacy, Elementary
  • EDUC 3490: Intermediate Literacy Methods
  • INDI 2440: Choosing and Using Books for Children


2010 PhD, University of Minnesota - Twin Cities ‐ Curriculum and Instruction, Literacy Education
2002 MA, Saint Mary's University, Winona, Minnesota ‐ Education
1998 BA, Luther College, Decorah, Iowa, ‐ Elementary Education, English as a Second Language

Contact Information

Phone: 651-690-6726


Publications (4)

Presentations (11)

Invited Addresses (2)