Michael Kelly

  • What I do, where I work

  • I am an exhibit designer and evaluator. I work mostly with small museums and National Park units. I am also an adjunct faculty member at Northern Arizona University’s School of Earth Sciences and Environmental Sustainability. My research focus is on spatial learning in informal and formal settings.

  • More about me

  • I am the Vice President of the Board of Directors of the Powerhouse Science Center in Durango Colorado, and lead provocateur of the exhibits committee. I have served as an evaluation expert for the National Park Service, NSF, EDUCAUSE, and the Digital Library in Earth Systems Education; and as education expert for the Science Education Resource Center at Carleton College and NSF’s Earth Science Learning Initiative.

    I was Director of the Center for Research and Evaluation in Advanced Technology Education where I supervised 11 employees. I was also Director of the Center for Technology Enhanced Learning (now E-learning) at NAU where I supervised 20 employees. Now I design exhibits and manage student work in evaluation and design projects within the School of Earth Sciences and Environmental Sustainability. I am the lead principal investigator on design and evaluation projects awarded by the National Park Service through the Colorado Plateau Cooperative Ecosystem Study Unit. Projects include:

    Accessibility Planning:
    Acadia National Park (Maine)
    Colorado National Monument

    Exhibit planning and design at
    Tonto National Monument, (Arizona)
    Walnut Canyon National Monument (Arizona)
    Padre Island National Seashore (Texas)
    Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument

    Mobile interpretive app design at
    Bent’s New Fort and Sand Creek Massacre Historic Site (Colorado)
    Acadia National Park (Maine)
    Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument (Colorado)
    Colorado National Monument

    Past projects include similar services for Bandelier, Fort Union, Navajo, Sunset Crater, Wupatki, Colorado, and Tuzigoot National Monuments, Chickasaw National Recreation Area, Hubbell Trading Post National Historic Site, Acadia National Park, Sand Creek Massacre National Historic Site and Chamizal National Memorial.

    Specialties: Visitor-centered design for interpretive products and exhibits.
    Virtual Reality Theater design and fabrication including terrain replication through drone based photogrammetry.
    Evaluation instrument design and delivery services for museums and parks, including navigating the OMB process for federal agencies seeking approval of social science instruments.

    I am an avid off trail backpacker, thus all the cuts on my ankles.