Kelly Kelley and Courtney Gauthier are Western Carolina University’s representatives on this year’s All-Southern Conference Faculty and Staff Team.
Two representatives of each of the 10 member schools of the Southern Conference are chosen annually to be recognized by the league. Faculty members selected have demonstrated strong contributions to teaching, research and/or service, while staff members are recognized for bringing out the best in others and creating conditions for success.
Kelley is the director of the University Participant Program. She also is an associate professor of inclusive and special education. Kelley, a two-time graduate of WCU, has published 33 book chapters and articles, and presented at more than 165 conferences. Her research interests include secondary transition, independent living, and inclusive postsecondary opportunities for individuals with intellectual disability. Kelley’s latest book is titled “Teaching, Including, and Supporting College Students with Intellectual Disabilities.”
Gauthier is the associate director of career integrated learning with WCU’s Center for Career and Professional Development. She has worked in career development since 2006 at both public and private institutions. Gauthier works with students to make meaning of their college experiences and helps them select majors, explore interests, identify and reach goals, and develop competitive application materials to launch successfully into their careers. She also collaborates with faculty and staff to develop workshops targeted to the needs of their students and their curriculum, and is passionate about bringing career development conversations into classrooms and student meetings across campus.