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Michelle Kelley is a Professor of Reading Education in the College of Community Innovation and Education. She originally came to UCF as part of a Florida State Department Grant (FLaRE), but in 2004 she joined the faculty. Her research focuses on reading comprehension, pre-service teacher knowledge (as it relates to reading assessment and instruction), and professional development. Her work has been published in The Reading Teacher, Reading Horizons, Florida Reading Quarterly, Voices From the Middle, among others. She has published four teacher resources with International Literacy Association and Capstone Publisher, along with numerous chapters. She regularly presents at international, national, and state conferences. She is currently finishing her role as Co-Editor of Literacy Research and Instruction, and is a reviewer for many literacy journals. She is a “Professor in Residence” at Evans Elementary where she teaches pre-service teachers. She is the former Elementary Education Program Coordinator and she is extremely active in her college and the university, serving on numerous committees. She is currently in her 3rd term as a UCF Faculty Senator.

Areas of Expertise

  • Metacognition (in reading)
  • Reading Engagement


Doctorate of Education
University of Florida
Dissertation: A Cross-Case Analysis of Effective Reading Teachers of At-Risk Intermediate Students
Emphasis: Reading, At-risk Learners, and Curriculum and Instruction


Research Interests

  • Independent Reading
  • Comprehension
  • Teacher Knowledge (in reading assessment and instruction)

Current Funded Projects

(2017-to date): Project Melts (Micro-credentialing of English Learner Teaching Skills) 5 yr. Federal Grant ($2,441,766)
Role: Development and Implementation Team
(2016-2017): TJEEI, Implementing Intensive Intervention in Reading and Mathematics to Improve Student Learning ($15,000)
Role: Consultant and Investigator


  • UCF Teaching Incentive Program Award, 2015-2016; 2009-2010
  • UCF Women Faculty Excellence in Academic Partnerships, 2017; 2013
  • Faculty Fellow for Inclusive Pre-Service Education, 2016
  • Learning Magazine's Teachers' Choice Award for Professional Development, 2014
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