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About Philip P. Kelly

After earning a Ph.D. in Curriculum, Teaching and Educational Policy from Michigan State University in 1998, Dr. Phil Kelly joined the faculty of the Department of Curriculum, Instruction & Foundational Studies at Boise State University. The emphasis in his graduate work was educational policy and social analysis, and these interests have continued in his teaching at Boise State and in work with the Office of the State Board of Education, the Idaho Department of Education, the Idaho Education Association, and the Governor's Task Force for Children at Risk. Dr. Kelly's recent research has included investigating the effect of an international teacher exchange program in Uganda, conducting an overall program evaluation of the North Star Charter School in Meridian (Idaho), and investigating educational neglect at the state and national level. In addition, Dr. Kelly serves as a Trustee for the Boise School District.


Present Department Chair and Professor, Boise State University Department of Curriculum, Instruction and Foundational Studies

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Honors and Awards

  • 2008 - Outstanding Teacher Award, Alpha Xi Delta (BSU)
  • 2006 - Best Presenter, Division H, American Educational Research Association
  • 2004-2005 - Educational Neglect Study – Governor’s Task Force for Children At-Risk ($70,000)


  • Foundations of Education
  • Philosophy of Education
  • Conflicting Values Influencing Education
  • Interpreting Educational Research
  • Issues in Education
  • Classroom Assessment
  • Educational Policy & Politics
  • Comparative Education

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Articles (9)

Contributions to Books (2)

Presentations (3)