Kelly is the Assistant Director of Student Life at the RIT Dubai campus. She joined RIT in 2016 and her main responsibilities include all aspects of student life: student leadership development, extracurricular activities, athletics and student housing. She also works with RIT students studying abroad in Dubai.
Originally from Beloit, Wisconsin, she earned her undergraduate degree in Spanish and Political Science from Coe College, Cedar Rapids, Iowa. She earned her master's degree in International Studies from DePaul University in Chicago, Illinois. Her study abroad experiences in Argentina and Spain along with her graduate studies and extensive travel experiences peaked her interest in social responsibility and fostering rich learning environments for students. She aspires to engage students through campus involvement which she believes ultimately cultivates responsible global citizens.
Ellen has been working at RIT Dubai since 2011, first as an Academic Advisor and now as the Director of Academic Services. She currently advises undergraduate and graduate students in Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, and Service Leadership & Innovation, and manages the Year One course.
Ellen holds a B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania, as well as a Masters of Education in Counseling Psychology from Teachers College, Columbia University. She was a Guidance Counselor and College Counselor in the U.S. and the UAE prior to joining RIT Dubai. Ellen has lived in 5 states and spent 10 years of her childhood in Hong Kong. She’s been fortunate to have had the opportunity to travel to 25 countries and hopes to continue adding stamps to her passport! She has a passion for ballet, as well as a deep love for brownies, M&M’s, and bubble tea.