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Margaret Kelly


Senior Teaching Specialist

Room 390 McNH
1985 Buford Ave
St Paul, MN 55108

Tel: 612-625-7825

Areas of Interest

The interaction between native and nonnative speakers of English and communication and miscommunication between people.

What motivates me in my work?

One of the best ways to interact with people is in the context of teaching and learning. In my courses, learning occurs through the development of skills, reading of texts, and discussion of those texts with peers.

I am motivated to help students understand the material deeply so that they can get beyond an emotional reaction and articulate why they support or challenge the ideas presented.

What can students expect from me?

Community: you will learn the names of all of your classmates, which is the first step in building community. Individual work is very important in all of my courses, but understanding the perspectives of your classmates and engaging with them is crucial to our classroom.

Commitment to your academic growth:  I believe that learning involves hard work and happens in a supportive, yet challenging environment. Constructive feedback is crucial. I actively work with students to help them develop the necessary skills for our coursework, and for future studies.

This is my 13th year teaching at the University of Minnesota. It is an honor and a privilege to work with students. As a senior teaching specialist, the majority of my work involves teaching. Currently I teach PsTL 1211- Multicultural Perspectives in Sociology, PsTL 1461- Multicultural Perspectives in Public Speaking and PsTL 1525W- First Year Inquiry.

I come to teaching Public Speaking and Multicultural Perspectives in Sociology from the field of Applied Linguistics. I have a MA in Teaching English as a Second Language--Applied Linguistics. My graduate research focused on the interaction between native and nonnative speakers of English and how miscommunication (due to issues of both language and cultural norms) was or was not repaired (fixed). I continue to be interested in communication and miscommunication between people.