Karl Kelley

Professor of Psychology, PSY




I arrived at North Central College in the Fall of 1988.  The original plan was to stay for 4 to 5 years then return home to the East Coast (Virginia, Maryland, or North Carolina).  However, North Central College is a great place to be, and I have overstayed my projected time by a bit.

My teaching and research interests focus on Industrial/Organizational Psychology and Applied Psychometrics.  My psychology classes typically include Statistics, Industrial Psychology, Personality, Psychological Assessment, and Positive Psychology.  In addition, I often teach classes on the history of science including Landmarks in Science (exploring the development of science from ancient Greece to the early 1900s) and Portraits of Health (taught in London UK where we explore the interrelationships among developments in medical and psychological care with art and theater).

My current research projects examine issues related to organizational justice.  Specifically, I am interested in how we define fairness, how we evaluate others, and the impact of our emptions on this process.  Along with my undergraduate research teams, I have recently presented this work at an international conference in Dublin Ireland and at National Psychology Conferences in San Francisco and Boston.

In my free time, I enjoy bike riding (I have a tandem I ride with my son and am also part of the NCC Psychology Faculty triathlon team), traveling (my wife and I try to visit cool historical sites in Europe once a year), reading (psychology of course but also medieval murder mysteries), and spending time with my dog (Tycho Brahe the Dog –named after Tycho Brahe the astronomer).

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Selected Scholarship

Post, M., Kelley, K. N., & Altmayer, S. (2017, May). Evaluating Employees Following FMLA Leave: Negative Personality and Financial Biases Against LGBT Employees.  Poster presented at the 29th Annual Convention of the Association for Psychological Science, Boston, MA.

Kelley, K. N. (in press).  Work Personality Indicator (WPI): Range of Application in Work Environments.  In R. A. Spies & B. S. Plake (Eds.), The Twentieth Mental Measurements Yearbook.  Lincoln, NE: Buros Institute of Mental Measurements.

Kelley, K. N., Knapczynski, E. A., Fermin, K. M., Conlin, A, L. (2016, May).  Justice Stories:  Measuring Content and Emotion in Employee Interviews About Fairness in the Workplace.  Poster presented at the 2016 Measuring Behavior Conference, Dublin, Ireland.  http://www.measuringbehavior.org/mb2016/home

Kelley, K. N. (2013).  Differential Aptitude Testing: Revisions, Extensions, and Applications.  In E. A. Whitfield, R. Feller, & C. Wood (Eds.).  A Counselor's Guide to Career Assessment Instruments Sixth Edition. Columbus, OH: National Career Development Association.

Ruggeri, K., Díaz, C., Kelley, K. N., Papousek, I., Dempster, M., & Hanna, D. (2009).  International issues in statistics education. Psychology Teaching Review, 14, 65 – 74.

Courses Taught

PSY 250 Statistics

PSY 270 Industrial Psychology

PSY 320 Personality

PSY 360 Psychological Assessment

GLS 260: Portraits of Health (London)

SCI 210: Landmark Discoveries in Science