DARREN D. KELLY
Assistant Professor of Instruction
Associate VP Division of Diversity and Community Engagement
University of Texas
Dr. Darren Kelly is the associate vice president for academic diversity initiatives in the Division of Diversity and Community Engagement at The University of Texas at Austin. The Academic Diversity Initiatives (ADI) portfolio consists of 5 unique centers: The Longhorn Center for Academic Equity, the Center for Community Engagement and Economic Development, the Longhorn Center for School Partnerships, the Multicultural Engagement Center, and the Gender and Sexuality Center. Each of these units serve to provide academic support, service learning, co-curricular, and college-readiness programming to first generation and underrepresented students in our Pre-K to Ph.D. educational pipeline on campus and across the state.
In addition to his administrative responsibilities Dr. Kelly maintains an active teaching and research agenda in the field of sport management. As a scholar, he conducts research centered around the holistic development of student-athletes – specifically African American student-athletes. He currently serves as an assistant professor of instruction in the Department of Kinesiology and Health Education where he teaches the following classes: Leadership in Sport Organizations, Sociological Aspects of Sport and Physical Activity and Race and Sport in African American Life. He also serves as an organizer of the annual Black Student-Athlete Summit – a national conference focused on developing and sharing solutions to issues facing collegiate, Black student-athletes. Additionally, his work affords him the opportunity to teach a diverse group of students outside of the traditional classroom setting as a part of the Division of Diversity and Community Engagement’s Urban Economic Development Maymester Program in Cape Town, South Africa.
Darren received his undergraduate degree in Finance and Marketing from the University of Virginia in 2004, his M.A. and Ph.D. in Kinesiology with specialization in Sport Management from The University of Texas at Austin in 2009 and 2012. He is married to his wife Paige and enjoys watching and playing sports with his two sons, Devin (7) and Davis (6).