Loyola University Chicago

School of Education

Faculty and Staff Directory

Kelly, Bridget Turner

Title/s: Associate Professor

Specialty Area: Intergroup Dialogue, Multicultural Competence, Underrepresented Populations in Higher Education

Office #: Lewis Towers 1154, WTC

Phone: 312.915.6855

E-mail: bkelly4@luc.edu

CV Link: Kelly-CV


In 2009, Dr. Bridget Turner Kelly joined the Higher Education masters and doctoral programs as an Associate Professor at Loyola University Chicago and served as Program Director for three years.  Before coming to Loyola, Dr. Kelly was Associate Professor in the Student Development Administration Program at Seattle University and an Assistant Professor in The University of Vermont’s Higher Education Student Affairs graduate preparation program.

For over a decade, her teaching has introduced master and doctoral students to theoretical concepts, language, and educational practices that informed their thinking and understanding of students and faculty. Dr. Kelly’s primary teaching responsibilities for the Higher Education programs are Multiculturalism for Social Justice in Higher Education, Student Development in Higher Education, and Women in Higher Education.

Dr. Kelly’s scholarship is focused on the experiences of students of color on predominantly White campuses, women and faculty of color at research universities, and how all students experience diversity and issues of social justice on their college campus. She has authored articles in peer-refereed journals of high national reputation and also presented numerous refereed papers at national conferences. She was a 2013 Diamond Honoree for ACPA, awarded the NASPA IV-East Outstanding Contribution to Student Affairs through Teaching in 2011, recognized as an Emerging Scholar by the American College Personnel Association in 2005, and received the Peggy R. Williams Emerging Professional Award in 2004 from the Office on Women in Higher Education, a division of the American Council on Education.

Dr. Kelly asserts, "As I pursue a career as a faculty member I will continue to research underrepresented groups.  I will continue to research ways in which higher education programs can influence the social justice attitudes and interactions of students and faculty.  I will continue to teach courses where students are able to learn ideas and listen to experiences that dispel stereotypes and advance equity.  I will use the skills and knowledge that I acquire in my research and teaching to prepare students to face the increasing global society and workforce we inhabit."


Ph.D., University of Maryland, College Park, MD

M.A. University of Maryland, College Park, MD;

B.S., University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN

Program Areas

  • Higher Education 
  • International Higher Education

Research Interests

  • Underrepresented populations in higher education--primarily women faculty, women faculty of color, and students of color at predominantly White institutions 
  • Multicultural competence and social justice literacy of students in graduate preparation programs

Professional & Community Affiliations

  • American College Personnel Association (ACPA)
    * Ancillary Program Chair, 2009-2011
    * Editorial Board member of the Journal of College Student
       Development (JCSD), 2005-2014
  • American Educational Research Association (AERA)
     * Co-Chair of Emerging Scholars Pre-Conference for Division J,
        Annual Meeting 2010-2011
  • National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA)
    * Associate Editor for Media and Publications of the Journal of
       Student Affairs Research & Practice (JSARP), 2012- present

Courses Taught

  • ELPS 429 Women in Higher Education 
  • ELPS 432 Multiculturalism for Social Justice in Higher Education
  • ELPS 433 Student Development in Higher Education 


  • Loyola University Chicago, School of Education Distinguished Faculty Award for Excellence in Teaching, 2014
  • Diamond Honoree, awarded by the American College Personnel Association (ACPA) for distinguished teachers, administrators, researchers, writers and association leaders, 2013
  • Outstanding Contribution to Student Affairs through Teaching, awarded by National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA) IV-East Region, 2011

Selected Publications

  • Kelly, B.T. & Porter, K. (in press). Using film to critically engage student development theory. About Campus.
  • Kelly, B.T. & McCann, K. (2014). Women faculty of color: Stories behind the statistics. The Urban Review, 46(1), (DOI10.1007/s11256-014-0275-8).
  • Kelly, B.T. & McCann, K. (2013). Women faculty of color: Success stories from the margins. Journal of the International Association for the Study of the Global Achievement Gap, 2013-2104 Special Issue: The Contemporary Global Glass Ceiling in the Academy, 1, 29-44.
  • Kelly, B.T. & Fetridge, J. (2012). The role of students in the experience of women faculty on the tenure track. NASPA Journal About Women in Higher Education, 5(1), 22-45.
  • Kelly, B.T. & Gaston-Gayles, J. (2011). Resistance to racial/ethnic dialogue in graduate preparation programs: Implications for multicultural competence. College Student Affairs Journal, 29(1), 77-87.