Richard Kiely currently serves as the Director of Engaged Learning + Research where he provides support, guidance, resources, coursework and professional development opportunities for faculty, students and community members who are interested in community engaged learning and research. He is interested in learning about the different ways people work together to have a positive impact on the world and the potential role of higher education in facilitating that process.
In 2002, Richard received his PhD from Cornell University, and in 2005 was recognized nationally as a John Glenn Scholar in Service-Learning for his longitudinal research that led to the development of a transformative service-learning model. From 2002-2006, he was an Assistant Professor in the Department of Lifelong Education, Policy and Administration at the University of Georgia, where he taught courses in community development, qualitative research, (global) service-learning, program planning, and learning theory. Returning to Cornell in 2006, Richard co-taught a graduate/undergraduate service-learning course in City & Regional Planning as part of the New Orleans Planning Initiative (NOPI). The participants in this course developed a comprehensive recovery plan, in conjunction with community partners, for the Ninth Ward in New Orleans. Richard also served as the Faculty Director of the Cornell Urban Scholars Program (CUSP) and the Cornell Urban Mentor Initiative (CUMI), two university-wide, interdisciplinary service-learning programs.
His research focuses primarily on institutional models that foster sustainable campus-community partnerships, as well as the learning processes and outcomes that occur in service-learning courses and community-based research programs.
Richard continues to be an active scholar in the area of service-learning and engagement in higher education and regularly conducts seminars and workshops for students and faculty on course design, experiential learning, service-learning, community-based participatory action research, assessment and program evaluation. He is currently working on a co-authored book Building a Better World: The Pedagogy and Practice of Global Service-Learning.