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May 5, 2013

Kelly wins Clarke Award for Teaching Excellence

MITCHELL — Dr. Anne Kelly was awarded the prestigious Clarke Award for Teaching Excellence on Saturday during Dakota Wesleyan University’s Commencement services.

Kelly, professor of psychology and psychology department chairman, was presented the award by local businessman and DWU Board of Trustees member John Clarke.

DWU Provost Amy Novak described Kelly as “a passionate advocate for student learning. …In this professor’s mind, it is insufficient for the student to merely listen to the lecture; rather, the student must engage the text with curiosity, awe and challenge.”

Kelly began at Dakota Wesleyan in 2000 and became a passionate advocate for the university’s honors and undergraduate research programs, becoming director of the undergraduate research program in 2003. Numerous students in the psychology program have since presented their original research at the Midwest Psychological Association, earning recognition from psychology professionals across the United States.

“Perhaps equally noteworthy has been this professor’s ability to use education as a vehicle for service and civic engagement,” Novak said. “For nearly two years, Dr. Anne Kelly travelled weekly with students to the Rosebud Sioux Indian Reservation to develop and implement strategies for suicide prevention. Her passion for working with the poor, vulnerable and abused within our society further led to her leadership on the suicide awareness and prevention council as well as research and advocacy locally for young girls at the Abbott House (in Mitchell).”

Kelly is married and lives in Mitchell with her husband and three children.

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