Kathleen Kelly

Kathleen Kelly, Professor Emerita, Arts & Humanities Division

Professor Emerita

Arts & Humanities Division

Kathleen Kelly is Emerita Professor of English. She earned her M.A. and Ph.D. degrees from The Ohio State University where she was awarded the English Department’s Distinguished Teaching Award.

While at Babson she was the recipient of a National Endowment of the Humanities (NEH) Yearlong Fellowship to attend a seminar at the University of Southern California and an NEH grant to attend a Summer Seminar at Brown University, as well as a grant sponsored jointly by the NEH and the American Association of State Colleges and Universities for curriculum development.

In addition to several research and teaching development grants, she also developed a course incorporating the “Reacting to the Past” pedagogy to explore political and personal equality. Babson awarded her the C. E. McCarthy Family Term Chair. She served at Babson as Chair of the Arts & Humanities Division, Director of Writing for the MBA Programs, Writing Program Coordinator, and Writing Center Director. In 2007, she was awarded the Carpenter Prize for Exceptional Contributions to Babson College.

Professor Kelly has taught and published in both literary studies and the theory and pedagogy of writing. She has published articles on the literature of the English Renaissance, including the poetry of John Donne and Andrew Marvel and Shakespeare’s Antony and Cleopatra, as well as on the contemporary fiction of Julian Barnes.

Several articles related to pedagogy explore ways that classic texts can be incorporated into courses dealing with contemporary issues, including texts by Plato, Molière, Rousseau, Stendhal, Marx, Strindberg, Simmel, and Brecht. She has written numerous articles on composition and business writing and is a co-author, with Janis Forma, of The Random House Guide to Business Writing.