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Washington State University


Kelly Ward

Vice Provost for
Faculty Development and Recognition
Pullman campus
Curriculum Vitae

Professional interests

Kelly Ward was Vice Provost for Faculty Development and Recognition and Professor of Higher Education. She previously served as chair of the Department of Educational Leadership, Sport Studies, and Educational/Counseling Psychology.  Her administrative roles provided the opportunity for Dr. Ward to connect her research expertise to current problems of practice. At WSU, she has taught Administration of Higher Education, Critical Issues in Higher Education and Student Affairs, Student Services, Seminar in Higher Education, and College Teaching. She previously taught at Oklahoma State University and worked as an administrator and faculty member at the University of Montana.

Research interests

Dr. Ward’s interests in faculty issues including integration of teaching, research, and service; work and family concerns for faculty; faculty career development; and faculty diversity in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM).  She was also interested in the service role of higher education including faculty outreach and engagement.

Recent accomplishments

Ward, K.A. & Wolf-Wendel, Lisa. Academic Motherhood: How Faculty Manage Work and Family. (Rutgers, 2012)
Faculty life at community colleges: The perspective of women with children. Community College Review, 34(4), 255-281. Available online.
Member, Research Teach, WSU NSF ADVANCE grant, 2009-2014 $20,000 from the College of Education,
Ellison Faculty Fellowship to support research related to recruiting and retaining diverse faculty in STEM fields, 2008-2010
WSU College of Education Faculty Excellence Award in Teaching, 2007
Grant: Academic Motherhood: A Longitudinal Perspective of Work and Family for Faculty. American Association of University Women, 2006-2008.
Co-editor, Jossey-Bass ASHE Monograph Series, 2005 to present
Board member, Association for the Study of Higher Education, 2004-2006.
Ward, K.A., Wolf-Wendel, L.E., & Twombly, S.B. (2007).
Faculty life at community colleges: The perspective of women with children. Community College Review, 34(4), 255-281. Available online.
Wolf-Wendel, L. & Ward, K. (2007, Spring/Summer). Academic motherhood. Committee on the Status of Women in the Economics Profession Newsletter. Available online.
Wolf-Wendel, L., & Ward, K. (2006). Academic life and motherhood: Variations by institutional type. Higher Education, 52(3), 487-521. Available online. Braskamp, L., Trautvetter, L. & Ward, K. (2005). Putting students first: How colleges develop students purposefully. Bolton, MA: Anker Publishing. Ward, K., & Wolf-Wendel, L.E. (2005). Work and family perspectives from research university faculty. New Directions for Higher Education, 130, 67-80. Available online. Educational background Ph.D Penn State University, 1995. M.S., M.P.A., Pennsylvania State University, 1988. B.A., University of Montana, 1986.