Deidre Kelly, a doctoral student in the NC State College of Education’s technology design education program, has been selected for the International Technology and Engineering Educators Association (ITEEA) 21st Century Leadership Academy for 2019-2020.
The academy provides leadership training and professional development opportunities for its members, who are typically emerging junior faculty members preparing for careers in higher education. Senior faculty members from technology and engineering programs across the U.S. and active members of ITEEA coordinate the project and facilitate instruction and professional development.
“Being accepted into the 21st Century Leadership Academy is an amazing honor,” Kelly said. “Some of today’s most brilliant researchers and educators in technology, engineering and design education are among its alumni.”
Kelly chose to pursue a doctor of education in technology education after discovering her passion for teaching undergraduate students. She says her doctoral program is helping her marry her background in communications and public administration in the context of education to prepare her to be in the classroom on a regular basis.
“The academy will help to further my capabilities as a leader, expose me to new perspectives in the field of technology and engineering, and make both personal and professional connections with other rising scholars around the country,” she said.
Kelly is the ninth scholar from the NC State College of Education named to the academy since its inception in 2006.