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Indigenous Initiatives Research Associate

Kelly Berry


Kansas State University

Kelly Berry is an enrolled citizen of the Apache Tribe of Oklahoma and has affiliations with the Kiowa, Cheyenne, and Choctaw Nations. He is a second-year doctoral student in the Education Doctorate Program in Educational Leadership at Kansas State University (K-State). His tentative graduation date is May 2024 with a trajectory of faculty at university.
Kelly is employed as the Indigenous Initiatives Research Associate in K-State’s College of Education working alongside faculty and major advisor, Dr. Alex Red Corn. With this position, he is a co-instructor for the newly constructed K-State Indigenous Educational Leadership Graduate Certificate Program, which he served as a design team member. He also serves as adjunct faculty at Upper Iowa University, where he teaches synchronous and asynchronous undergraduate courses: Diversity in the United States & Social Problems.
He has served as adjunct faculty at Cameron University, Comanche Nation College (now suspended), and Bacone College. Undergraduate courses taught include Introductory to Sociology, Social Problems, and Terrorism & Counterterrorism. He also served as course designer for the University of Washington-Tacoma Muckleshoot Tribal Doctoral Program and has participated as a shadow coach for new faculty and yearly faculty evaluator.
He most recently served as faculty (2020-2022) at Riverside Indian School (RIS), a Bureau of Indian Education funded institution, in Anadarko, Oklahoma, where he taught Computer Applications/Social Studies.
Kelly holds an Oklahoma State Department of Education 5-12 Teaching Certificate (US History/OK History/Government/Economics) (2022-2027) and a Kansas State Department of Education 6-12 Teaching Certificate (Social Studies). He also holds an Educational Technology Graduate Certificate (2022) from K-State.

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