Contact Information

Office: 256B Stouffer Hall
Phone: 724-357-2400

Academic Qualifications

  • BA, Brigham Young University
  • MA, Brigham Young University
  • PhD, Iowa State University

Research Interests

  • Children's Theater and Creative Dramatics
  • Research Methodology
  • Arts Integration
  • Curriculum and Instructional Technology
  • Literacy

Personal Narrative

Kelli Jo Kerry-Moran (Moran) is a professor in Professional Studies in Education at Indiana University of Pennsylvania, where she coordinates the Curriculum and Instruction doctoral program and teaches a variety of courses at the undergraduate, master's, and doctoral levels. Prior to coming to IUP, she worked as a coordinator for institutional research at Eastern Arizona College and taught as an adjunct faculty member at Northern Arizona University. She has also taught preschool and various programs in community arts organizations and directed a children's theater company.

While at IUP, she coordinated the CCAC/IUP Collaborative Elementary Education Program and co-coordinated the CCAC/IUP Early Childhood with Special Education Program, worked as a Reflective Practice co-director for the Center for Teaching Excellence, served as the college representative for the European Teacher Education Network, and served on many other departmental, college, and university committees.

Her scholarly work centers on children and families, and she has given educational workshops in the United States, Europe, and China. Recent publications include the book Story in Children's Lives: Contributions of the Narrative Mode to Early Childhood Development, Literacy, and Learning, co-edited with Juli-Anna Aerila from the University of Turku, Finland, and published by Springer International. This book showcases the work of scholars from the United States, Europe, and Asia. Over the past few years, her other publications have included both individual and co-authored works on bibliotherapy, multimodal literacy, teaching artist residencies, the role of family stories on young children's development, and the influence of family dogs on children.