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Dr. Kelli Ann Carney

Dr. Kelli Ann Carney

  • Associate Professor
    Curriculum Instruction BA

Office Location

  • Broken Arrow
    • Broken Arrow Education 161
    • Phone: (918) 449-6365

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Dr. Kelli Carney is an Associate Professor in the Department of Educational Leadership at NSU. She is a professor in the Library Media and Information Technology graduate program and was recently named the Eddings Endowed Chair of Recruitment and Retention in Education. She has been in education 20 years, with experience as an elementary school teacher and school librarian before joining NSU’s faculty in 2012. Dr. Carney is an alum of NSU of both graduate and undergraduate programs, including a Bachelor’s of Science in Elementary Education and Early Childhood Education, as well as a Master’s of Science in Education and the School Library Media Certificate. She earned certification in the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards in Library Media in 2007 and continued her education at Oklahoma State University, earning a PhD in Curriculum Studies in 2013.


  • Ph D, Curriculum Studies, PhD, Oklahoma State University, , 2013
  • OtherLibrary Media Certification, Library Media, Northeastern State University, , 2006
  • MS, Master's of Education , Northeastern State University, , 2002
  • BS, Bachelor's of Education, Northeastern State University, Cum laude, 1998

Research Interests:

teacher education program retention,
educators’ perceptions of school library roles,
school librarianship,
reading motivation

Teaching Interests:

Library Media/ School Library

Professional Activities:

Intellectual Content:

  • Combining the Old with the New: Creative Library Design Channels Student Learning (Journal Article, Professional Journal), Application, Published, September, 2015
  • Exploring the Meaning of Reading Among Highly Motivated Children (Manuscript), Integration, Published, April (2nd Quarter/Spring), 2016
  • Using Historical Narrative to Bring History to Life (Journal Article, Professional Journal), Teaching & Learning, Published, December, 2017
  • The School Librarians' Role in the Adoption of Open Educational Resources (Journal Article, Academic Journal), Discovery, Published, January (1st Quarter/Winter), 2019


  • Makerspaces and the National School Library Standards - OTA/ Encyclo-Media Annual Conference - Oklahoma City, OK - 29 Nov 2018
  • MainSTREAMing in the Library: Connecting Science and Reading with LittleBits Inventions ___________________________________________ _____________________________________________ - American Library Association Annual Conference - Chicago - 26 Jun 2017
  • REACH Your Stakeholders: Advocating for Your Library - Oklahoma Library Association 110th Annual Conference - Norman, Oklahoma - 26 Apr 2017
  • Highly Motivated Children's Perceptions of Reading - Rocky Mountain Educational Research Association Annual Conference - Claremore, OK - 24 Oct 2015
  • The Importance of Multicultural Literature - OACTE/EQA/OATE 2014 Conference - Northeastern State University - 09 Oct 2014
  • Turning the Lights on History - Oklahoma Library Association 109th Annual Conference - Tulsa, OK - 31 Mar 2016

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