Kelly focuses on nurturing learner-teacher relationships that foster meaningful learning opportunities in higher education. She is internationally known for engaging students as partners, and enabling the scholarship of teaching and learning amongst university educators. Kelly’s collaborative leadership creates learning communities advancing a shared goal for more human-centred and relational curriculum, pedagogy and assessment practices in universities.

Kelly has been collaborating with colleagues and students to enhance teaching and learning at UQ since 2006. She has co-developed and coordinated several successful UQ-wide programs, including Tutors@UQ and Teaching@UQ. Kelly’s contributions to learning and teaching have been recognised with several awards. Her service involves membership on Academic Board, chairing ITaLI’s Equity and Inclusion Committee, and coordinating the Australasia Students as Partners Network. 

Kelly’s latest open-access book with Mick Healey and Alison Cook-Sather, Writing about Learning and Teaching in Higher Education is now available.