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Dr. Gregory Kelly

Dr. Gregory Kelly
Phone: 8148631489
Office Address:
241 Chambers Bldg
University Park, PA 16802
Campus: University Park


Senior Associate Dean for Research
Distinguished Professor of Science Education


Dean's Office
Research Faculty and Staff
Research, Outreach, and Technology


Curriculum and Instruction: Science Education


Greg Kelly is a Distinguished Professor of science education and Senior Associate Dean for Research, Outreach, Technology in the College of Education. He was a physics and mathematics teacher and served for four years as a Peace Corps Volunteer. His research explores issues of knowledge and discourse in science education settings. Greg teaches course on teaching and learning science in secondary schools and uses history, philosophy, and sociology of science in science education. Recent research includes development of theories of epistemic cognition and analysis of engineering classrooms.

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Recent publications include:

Kelly, G. J., & Green, J. (Eds.). (2019). Theory and methods for sociocultural research in science and engineering education. New York, NY: Routledge.

Kelly, G. J., & Cunningham, C. M., & (2019). Epistemic Tools in Engineering Design for K-12 Education. Science Education, 103, 1080-1111.  

Licona, P., & Kelly, G. J. (2019). Translanguaging in a middle school science classroom: Constructing scientific arguments in English and Spanish. Cultural Studies of Science Education

Kelly, G. J., & Licona, P. (2018). Epistemic practices and science education. In M. Matthews (Ed.), History, philosophy and science teaching: New research perspectives (pp. 139-165). Springer: Dordrecht.

Areas of Expertise

Age Levels


Curriculum Areas

Science Ed

Education Levels

Middle School/Junior High
Secondary/High School

Education Types

Public Ed



Methodological Research

Discourse Analysis
Interpretive Research
Qualitative Research

Teacher Preparation

Pre-service Teachers

Education History

Cornell University, Ph.D., 1994. State University of New York at Albany, B.S., 1986

Activities and Honors

Distinguished Contributions to Science Education through Research Award, NARST (2021)

Member, National Academy of Education (2020)

John J. Gumperz Memorial Award for Distinguished Lifetime Scholarship, Language and Social Processes Special Interest Group, American Educational Research Association (2018)

University Faculty Way Paver Award, Council of College Multicultural Leadership (CCML), Penn State University (2018)

Outstanding Researcher, College of Education, Penn State University (2015)

Fellow of the American Educational Research Association (2014)

Outstanding Reviewer for Educational Researcher (2007)

Early Career Research Award, National Association for Research in Science Teaching (1999)

National Academy of Education Postdoctoral Fellow (1998)

Marvin and Ruth Glock Research Award for Outstanding Ph.D. Dissertation, Department of Education, Cornell University (1994)

Presidential Award for Undergraduate Research, State University of New York at Albany (1986)