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Sean Kelly
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Biographical Information

Sean Kelly (PhD, Sociology; University of Wisconsin-Madison) is an associate professor in the Department of Administrative and Policy Studies at the University of Pittsburgh. He studies the social organization of schools, student engagement, and teacher effectiveness. Dr. Kelly’s research has appeared in the American Educational Research Journal, Educational Researcher, Teachers College Record, Sociology of Education, Social Science Research, and elsewhere. He is the editor of Assessing Teacher Quality: Understanding Teacher Effects on Instruction and Achievement (Teachers College Press). In 2014 he received the Exemplary Research in Teaching and Teacher Education award from AERA’s Division K. Dr. Kelly’s current research includes the CLASS 5.0 development project, an Institute for Education Sciences funded educational technology study of classroom discourse. He teaches courses in educational reform, leadership, the sociology of education, and both introductory and advanced statistics for the social sciences. From 2012-2015 Dr. Kelly served as Pitt’s Plenary Representative to the University Council for Educational Administration. He also serves on the editorial board of Educational Evaluation and Policy Analysis as well as Research in the Teaching of English.

Distinctions at UCEA
2013-2014 PSR
University of Pittsburgh
2014-2015 PSR
University of Pittsburgh