Glenda Kelly


Lead Internal Evaluator

Dr. Glenda Kelly is a Research Scientist, Civil and Environmental Engineering, and served as Associate Director for Assessment and Outreach for the Center for the Environmental Implications of NanoTechnology (CEINT), Pratt School of Engineering, Duke University. She designed the overall program evaluation for the Center and collaborated with faculty to define relevant measurable educational goals related to training and communicating scientific discoveries as well as evaluating impacts on participating institutions. Since 2001, Dr. Kelly has developed engineering education and research training programs including CEINTs K-12 outreach initiatives in partnerships with local and national science museums affiliated with the NISE Network. She served as PI on the multi-site CEINT REU program, which trained 89 undergraduates across 3 US sites and at the CEREGE in France. She was lead program evaluator for multiple US and international science and engineering training and outreach programs including PIREs, GK-12s and foundation funded initiatives. Dr. Kelly is currently lead evaluator for the NSF NRT-HDR: Harnessing AI for Understanding & Designing Materials (aiM) graduate training initiative in which she has been instrumental in co-developing startup programming and feedback during pandemic conditions.  She also served as internal evaluator since 2016 for the NSF NRT Duke/NCAT Integrative Bioinformatics for Investigating and Engineering Microbiomes (IBIEM) graduate training program where she provided evaluation feedback that shaped the training model. In collaboration with her IBIEM team, Dr. Kelly developed a new evaluation tool to visualize learning progressions in skills and conceptual change. She has also designed user studies to test the efficacy of educational applications in the Duke Immersive Virtual Environment. She regularly presents at NSF and has co-led sessions on NRT evaluation for new PIs at NSF meetings.  She has also served as evaluator for the NSF funded Faculty Springboard to Advance Breakthrough Science by Post-Tenure Faculty at Dukeand consults on development of multiple training initiatives across the university.Dr. Kelly’s interests include collaborating to develop innovative K-Ph.D. educational and research training models with special interest in developing ways to teach interdisciplinary science and engineering to optimally engage diverse groups of students under-represented in STEM and students with differing entry levels of skills sets across disciplinary backgrounds. Dr. Kelly served as a founding member of the Pratt School of Engineering's Diversity and Inclusion Committee and earned her M.A. and Ph.D. degrees from Duke University with a concentration in development of psychological and educational assessment tools. 


Contact Information

  • Office Location: 2461 CIEMAS Duke University Durham, NC 27708-0287
  • Office Phone: 919-564-9016