Associate professor Kelly is the program manager of NWC's Non-Resident Graduate Degree Program since 2010. He joined the faculty of the College of Distance Education as an associate professor in 2007 working on the Navy’s online professional military education courses. He served as a Surface Warfare Officer aboard USS Barnstable County (LST 1197) where he participated in Non-combatant Evacuation Operations and as a Naval Gunfire Liaison Officer with Third Battalion, Eleventh Marines with whom he took part in Operation Restore Hope in Mogadishu, Somalia. He is a graduate of Texas Tech University School of Law. He graduated from the University of Pennsylvania in 1986.