Ed.D., University of Houston; M.A., College of Mount St. Joseph; B.A., College of Mount St. Joseph



Michaelann Kelley, Ed.D., is the Chair and Assistant Professor of Art and Design at Mount St. Joseph University in Cincinnati, Ohio. Prior to this position, she was Director of Visual Arts for Aldine ISD in Houston, Texas. Dr. Kelley had been working at the district level for the past five years on the development of visual art curriculum and instruction. Prior to moving into administration, she was a high school art teacher for 23 years at Eisenhower High School in Aldine ISD.

Dr. Kelley earned her B.A. and M.A. in visual arts and education from The College of Mt. St. Joseph (now Mount St. Joseph University) where she was awarded the Outstanding Alumna Award in 1995 and the Emerging Scholar Award in 2023. She was named the Eisenhower High School Teacher of the Year in 1999 and received the Stanford University Outstanding Teaching Award in 2013. Other recognitions include the 2018 Outstanding Art Educator Award in Administration and Supervision from the Texas Art Education Association, the 2020 National Art Education Association Western Region Supervision & Administration Art Educator Award and the 2021 Texas Art Education Association Distinguished Fellows Honor. Kelley was also selected as the National Art Education Association’s School for Arts Leaders in 2021 and for the National Gallery of Art’s Summer Institute for Educators focusing on critical thinking and social-emotional learning in 2023. She was named the Co-op Faculty Coordinator of the Year 2022 by the MSJ Career and Experiential Learning Department.

Dr. Kelley is a regular presenter at Texas Art Education Association (TAEA), Ohio Art Education Association (OAEA), and the American Educational Research Association (AERA) conferences in addition to others. Her numerous publications include journal articles, book chapters, and a 2020 book about her long-term collaboration in local school reform work. Some of which are listed below.


Kelley, M., Curtis, G. A., & Craig, C. J. (2023). Vignettes of the best-loved self. In C. J. Craig, D. McDonald, and G. A. Curtis (Eds.) Learning, leading, and the best-loved self in teaching and teacher education (pp. 123-144). Palgrave Macmillan.


Kelley, M. and Curtis, G.A. (2023), "Collaborative Reflection, Knowledge, and Growth: Exploring Ongoing Teacher Learning Within Knowledge Communities", Craig, C.J., Mena, J. and Kane, R.G. (Ed.) Teaching and Teacher Education in International Contexts (Advances in Research on Teaching, Vol. 42), Emerald Publishing Limited, Bingley, pp. 255-272.


Kelley, M., Craig, C. J., & Curtis, G. A. (2023). Examining gender issues in education: Exploring confounding experiences on three female educators' professional knowledge landscapes. Frontiers in Education, 8.


Kelley, M., Curtis, G. A., Craig, C. J., Easley, A., Martindell, P. T., & Perez, M. M. (2023). Looking through the rear-view mirror while moving forward: Drawing on past collaborative experiences of inform present practice. In A. Cameron-Standerford, B. Bergh, & C. Edge (Eds), Pausing at the Threshold. Equity Press.


Kelley M, Curtis GA, Craig CJ, Reid D and Easley A (2022) Reflection through critical friendship: Promoting growth of teachers. Frontiers in Education 7:1056471. doi: 10.3389/feduc.2022.1056471

Kelley, M. (2021). “Charting waters of new seas”: The scholarly contributions of Elliot Eisner. Journal of Curriculum Studies, 54(2), 147-164. DOI: 10.1080/00220272.2021.1927193. (with Craig, C. and Li, J.)

Kelley, M. (2020). Knowledge Communities in Teacher Education: Sustaining Collaborative Work. London, UK: Palgrave-Macmillan. (with Cheryl J. Craig, Gayle A. Curtis, Peter T. Martindell, and Michael M. Perez).

Kelley, M. (2018). Jumping the Dragon Gate: Experience, contexts, career pathways, and professional identity. In D. Garbett & A. Ovens, A. (Eds), Pushing boundaries and crossing borders: Self-study as a means for researching (pp. 51-58) Herstmonceux, UK: S-STEP. (with Gayle A. Curtis, Donna Reid, Cheryl J. Craig, P. Tim Martindell, and Mike Perez)

Kelley, M. (2016). Sustaining self and others in the teaching profession: A group self-study. In D. Garbett and A. Ovens (Eds.) Enacting self as methodology for professional inquiry (pp. 133-140). Self-study of Teacher Education Practices. (with Cheryl J. Craig and Gayle A. Curtis)

Kelley, M. (2015). No More Wall Flowers. In C. White (Ed.) Critical Qualitative Research in Social Education. Information Age Publishing, Charlotte, NC. (with Mari Glamser-Samnuel)