Dr. Kelly is a Technology Education Lecturer in the Department of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Education at North Carolina State University College of Education with a minor in instructional technology. Daniel Kelly teaches introductory engineering graphics and undergraduate research methods at NC State. His main research interests are STEM student and teacher perceptions and motivations and investigating ways to increase STEM education participation among underrepresented groups. Currently, Dr. Kelly is concentrating his focus on self-efficacy, “Hidden STEM” career awareness, and developing educational interventions for students in foster care.
Prior to his work at NC State, Dr. Kelly was a middle and high school science, technology and Engineering teacher. His published book Falling Down allowed him to found The PUSH Initiative, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to raising funds to help under-served children and families where he serves as president and executive director. Falling Down is an account of his life as a teenager and is meant to help families put the issues they face into perspective. More information can be found at fallingdownbook.com. Proceeds from the sale of the book are being donated to organizations that help at-risk youth.