Positive impact on classroom: Dr. Kelly McCarron took the lead on finding and implementing a structured mentorship program for the HIT program, partnering with dedicated faculty and professionals in the field to improve student success and retention. EduGuide includes activities “for critical thinking and reflective writing” where students work with teachers to identify their own inspiration and purpose (EduGuide, 2016). McCarron teaches using real time virtual (RTV) technology in the Occupational Therapy department here at DU. Her strengths include working with struggling students and helping them to focus and remain in school. Her positivity and helpful nature make a difference in the lives of those around her.
As an Associate Dean, Dr. McCarron works to ensure online programs and processes are delivered efficiently with the highest attention to quality across all courses within her program area.
Timeliness of impact: Kelly was able to have an impact on students who might not have completed specific coursework. She works closely with administration to ensure that students are receiving the best educational experience and great customer care, while attending more closely to students who struggle and require additional resources. Dr. McCarron has been piloting mentorship programs with students who take coursework online and is working to ensure that retention, success, and graduation rates continue to flourish at Davenport University.
Range of Impact: Dr. McCarron has worked for the past 27 years as a clinician in outpatient and homecare rehabilitation. She has written several journal articles, presented at state and national conferences and provided continuing education to clinicians and students for the last 21 years.
Personal Note: Dr. McCarron’s passion extends into the responsibilities and privileges that come with health care. Her research and academic work revolve around adults with neurological diagnoses including stroke, traumatic brain injuries, and chronic progressive diseases.