Joseph Ryan Kelly

Joseph Ryan Kelly

Visiting Assistant Professor, Humanities/Educational Studies; edTPA and Master's Thesis Coordinator

Joseph Ryan Kelly is a scholar of the Hebrew Bible with experience teaching humanities courses in both secondary and higher-education contexts. At Rhodes, he has taught in both the Search and Life programs. He researches ethical attitudes and perspectives of ancient people preserved in the Hebrew Bible along with the ethical presuppositions underpinning these attitudes and perspectives. He is currently working on a book that examines the relationship between ethical norms, concepts of justice, and gods in ancient Mesopotamia and Greece and compares it to the same in the Hebrew Bible. 

In addition to teaching in the Search and Life Programs, he also serves as the edTPA and Master's Thesis Coordinator in Educational Studies. In this role, he shepherds education majors through the edTPA portfolio assessment required for teacher licensure and coordinates the thesis project in the Master of Arts in Urban Education program. He also draws on his practitioner experience in the secondary classroom to teach the Educational Technologies course in both the undergraduate and graduate programs in Educational Studies.