Sociology Professor Jessica Kelley was honored with the 2022 John S. Diekoff Award for Graduate Teaching for her outstanding approach in the classroom, especially related to statistics and research methods. Her classes begin with the reassurance, “Statistics can be learned by everyone.” Professor Kelley empowers students to feel confidence in their analysis skills regardless of their level of experience. Students may trust in their ability even if they do not have extensive background in mathematics.
The sole statistician in the Sociology Department, Professor Kelley teaches Logic of Social Inquiry, Social Statistics, Health Disparities and Multilevel Modeling. She encourages active participation in class which helps her assess comprehension and adjust her teaching plan to delve deeper into difficult concepts and move quickly through those more easily understood.
Professor Kelley received this award during a ceremony on April 26, 2022 and was recognized during the university’s commencement ceremonies on May 15, 2022. Her skills were clearly appreciated among her students by whom she was nominated for this award. For more details and student testimonials, read The Daily featuring her and this impressive achievement. Congrats on this well-deserved award!