Kelly E. Bohrer

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Kelly E. Bohrer

Director of Community Engaged Learning

  • Staff


Kelly Bohrer is the Director of Community Engaged Learning in the Fitz Center for Leadership in Community.  In this role, she provides leadership for the development, implementation, support, and evaluation of community engaged learning initiatives that advance the university’s academic and civic engagement mission.  She also educates for social justice, community leadership, and lifelong civic engagement; collaborates with faculty and staff in all campus units on teaching, service, and scholarship related to best practices in community engaged learning; forms graduate and undergraduate student leaders for community engagement; and cultivates and sustains mutually beneficial community partnerships. 

Before joining the Fitz Center in July, 2013, Kelly was the Coordinator of Community Outreach in the Center for Social Concern and focused on building and delivering experiential education programs that united faith and action for justice.  In this role, Kelly formed student servant leaders for service clubs and local immersive programs; designed and implemented co-curricular service learning and justice education programs that matched learning objectives with local community needs and assets; provided training for community engaged student clubs on best practices in volunteer management and building community partnerships; and sustained relationships with community partners to share current needs and assets with the University community. 

Prior to the Center for Social Concern, Kelly was the Biology Lab Coordinator at the University of Dayton.  As such she taught a graduate level course to introduce high impact scientific pedagogy based on current learning theory and practice; developed, implemented, evaluated, and published inquiry-based learning methodologies for labs; developed and implemented graduate assistant orientations, trainings, and roundtables; and contributed to the national innovations and dialogue in TA training and inquiry-based lab curriculum.

Outside of life at UD, Kelly has been a two time intern for Five Rivers MetroParks, a volunteer youth minister and (a current) adult faith formation minister, and is dedicated to living simply and sustainably (including buying local, composting, using an electric car, having geothermal and solar panels, using rain-barrels, updating with sustainable materials, etc.).  Kelly enjoys hiking with her family, baking, reading, volunteering, advocating for adoption and children with special needs, and being a mom.

Staff Perspective

I have enjoyed my career path at the University of Dayton which has allowed me to realize and share unique connections between my experiences with inquiry-based learning, sustainable living, social justice education, leader formation, and community engaged learning. These connections lead me to exploring ways in which community engagement intersects with power, privilege, and race and with the developmental needs of student leaders in becoming justice oriented citizens.

I am inspired by Catholic Social Teachings and am drawn to the University’s mission of developing the whole person and working together for the common good.  My current hope is to bring further awareness to the needs of our world so that we will live more lightly on the Earth and more justly with our neighbors. I believe these go hand in hand, and I dedicate my UD career to educating leaders who build community and are in right relationship with the world to meet the challenging times ahead of us. 


  • BS in Environmental Biology, University of Dayton (1996)
  • MS in Biology, University of Dayton (2001), Master’s Research: Wetland ecology and mycorrhizal fungi

Committee Involvement & Professional Affiliations

  • Carnegie Community Engagement Classification Application Committee – Member, 2013 - present
  • SOCHE Civic Learning and Engagement Committee - Member and Chair, 2008 - present
  • Join Hands Miami Valley and Global Youth Service Day Planning Committees - Member, 2008 - present
  • SEE (Sustainability, Energy, and Environment) Initiative Advisory Board - Member, 2010 - present
  • Committee for the Environment - President-selected Member, 2011 - present
  • White Privilege Conference Steering Committee – member, 2014 - present
  • Experiential Learning Task Force - Member, 2012-2013
  • Miami Valley Association for Volunteer Administrators - Member, 2008 - present
  • Ohio Campus Compact Community Service Directors - Member, 2008 - present

Courses Taught

  • SEE 402:  Sustainability Research II
  • Living Simply and Sustainably
  • Guest presenter on topics of sustainability, Catholic Social Teaching, and community/civic engagement
  • Community Service Internship
  • Servant Leadership Seminar for REAL Dayton Leaders
  • Environmental Instrumentation Lab
  • College Teaching Seminar (graduate level)
  • Organisms, Evolution, and the Environment Biology Course
  • Ecology Lab
  • Various introductory biology labs

Selected Publications and Presentations

Faculty Exchange Series (2006-upcoming).  University of Dayton Learning Teaching Center. 

  • Various workshops offered on aspects of community engaged learning (risk/liability, reflective practices, course design, community partnerships, assessment, etc.)

Intersections of service learning, intercultural competency, and power/privilege (upcoming).  National Society for Experiential Education.  Baltimore, MD.

Service Learning at UD (2012).  Civic Engagement in the Marianist Tradition Workshop.  Dayton, OH. 

Tapping into Existing University Resources to Build Service Learning Courses (2011).  SOCHE Ohio Teaching and Learning Conference.  Dayton, OH.

Annual CRS Global Solidarity Conference.  Dayton, OH.

  • Everyday Environmental Choices (2010).
  • Fasting from Consumerism:  Living in Holy abundance in a world of consumption (2009).
  • Catholic Social Teachings and Human Trafficking (2008).

Bohrer, K. et al. (2006). Training and Mentoring TA’s in Inquiry-based Methods.  In: O’Donnell (ed.), Tested Studies for Laboratory Teaching.  28th edition.

Bohrer, K. et al. (2004) Seasonal Dynamics of Arbuscular Mycorrhizal Fungi in Differing Wetland Habitats.  Mycorrhiza 14:329-337.