Daryl Kelley

Professor emeritus

Office: COPH 120   |    Phone: (308) 865-8505   |    Email: kelleyd@unk.edu

Daryl Kelley

Education Background

Ph.D., Western Michigan University, 1986
M.A., Western Michigan University, 1981
B.A., Indiana - Purdue University, 1979

Teaching Philosophy

The classroom is an interactive place where students often engage in group work to apply sociological concepts to life experience. I am also a storyteller. Through accounts of personal experience I attempt to ground sociological concepts in concrete examples so you can obtain a deeper understanding of the relationship between the individual and society. In all of my classes, I explore the interesting puzzles supplied by our world, including how our world is socially constructed. Through our everyday experience, ideas and structures become normalized. In class, we explore the differences between cultures and the meaning these differences have for us. For example, is berdache (Sioux who experiences both male and female perspectives) a third gender? And, why is mainstream America limited to two genders? If you want to play with ideas and reflect upon the world, please join me in class.

Courses Taught

  • Introduction to Sociology
  • Sociological Inquiry
  • Social Problems
  • Deviance and Social Control
  • Social Psychology
  • Sociology of Work
  • Sociological Research
  • Senior Seminar

Recent Projects

Currently Dr. Kelley is interested in increasing individual and community happiness. He has conducted an assessment of the "Wonderful Life Project" in Grand Island. The project was designed by Mr. Lee Elliott, while VP of Human Relations at the Saint Francis Medical Center, derived principles from the psychology of happiness to conduct workshops for employees. Upon retirement Mr. Elliott retooled and expanded the materials into a series of workshops designed for members of the community. A focus of the project is the building and sustaining of interpersonal and social relationships which can transform the individual and structures.