Professional Notes: Thomas Kelly, Department of Theology

Thomas Kelly, Ph.D., Department of Theology, recently had his article “Real Life in Dajabon: A Journey towards (self) Knowledge” published in the fall 2011 issue of Conversations and was a finalist for The National Society of Collegiate Scholars’ Inspire Integrity Awards.

“Real Life in Dajabon” is about Kelly’s work in encouraging students to study abroad on an immersion-based trip. Kelly specifically talks about his work with the Encuentro Dominicano Program and his Faculty Lead Program Abroad (FLPA) to Dajabon, Dominican Republic. There, his students are challenged spiritually, emotionally and intellectually through studying the Second General Conference of Latin American Bishops at Medillin, observing the work of the Jesuit Refugee Service and working in the Campo alongside the ILAC Missionaries.

Kelly was also a finalist for the 2011 Inspire Integrity Award. This award is presented to full-time university faculty who have, through their lessons and actions, made a significant impact on the lives of their students and instilled a high degree of personal and academic integrity. Kelly was nominated by 2011 graduate Chelsea Mann.