Katherine Jelly recently retired from Empire State College of the State University of New York, where she served as Director of the Center for Mentoring & Learning at from 2008 – 2015. Prior to joining Empire State College, she served as Core Faculty in education at Goddard College and as Director of the Master of Education Program at Vermont College, Union Institute & University. She holds a B.A. in history from Yale University, an M.A.T. in English from Harvard University, and an Ed.D. in education from Boston University.
Active at the local, state and national levels in education reform and school improvement efforts, Jelly has served on the board of the Adult Higher Education Alliance; on the Vermont Council of Teacher Educators (where she was co-chair, 1999-2001); the Vermont Deans, Directors, and Chairs of Education Group; the Vermont Commission on Educator Quality; the North Dakota Study Group; and the Vermont Standards Board for Professional Educators.
Having taught and served as an administrator in progressive higher education for thirty years, she has presented at national and international conferences (including the Association for Adult and Continuing Education, the Adult Higher Education Alliance, the National School Reform Faculty Research Forum, and the Sloan-C Blended Learning Conference) on topics related to professional development, adult learning, reflective practice, learning communities, and faculty development in the uses of technology in teaching.
She is the author of “Between Individual and Society: An Essential Dialectic in Progressive Education,” in S. Schapiro (Ed.), Higher education for democracy (1999). And she has authored: “The Scholarship of Mentoring and Teaching: Mining our Practice and Sharing our Learning,” (2012) “Animating Transformation: Progressive Higher Education for Adults at Mid-Life” (with S. Schapiro, 2009), and “As Strong as the Weakest Link: Organizational Development Models and Supporting Blended Learning” (with S. Hayes and C. Whann, 2011). She recently co-edited (with Alan Mandell, 2017) Principles, Practices, and Creative Tensions in Progressive Higher Education. She is currently working on a book, Layers of Learning.