SOC Professor to Head Summer Governor’s School For The Humanities

Leigh Anne Kelley

By Courtney Mendenhall

Leigh Anne Kelley, an instructor of media studies, has been named director of Radford’s Summer Governor’s School for the Humanities for this upcoming summer. The program is set to take place from June 25 through July 22, 2017.

The program hosts academically gifted high school juniors and seniors to give them experience in visual and performing arts, mathematics, sciences, and technology. School counselors, teachers, peers, and other students nominate each student.

“Working as director of the summer program will allow me to be more involved in programming for these high school students. I’m looking forward to getting more involved administratively with how the governor’s school operates. Mostly, it’s an opportunity to learn something new,” Kelley says.

The state of Virginia describes the Governor’s School for the Humanities as offering “opportunities to explore how modern society requires, encourages, and restricts individuals as they seek realization of their creative potential. Students will explore humanities in the digital age through history, literature, philosophy, anthropology, political science, economics, sociology, psychology, and media.”

Students will get to live on campus and participate in classroom and laboratory work, research, and individual and group projects.

“It’s really a chance for them to experience college life before starting classes, to learn and explore,” says Kelley.

This year’s theme for the program is “Illusion…Reality…Perception.” More information for this program will be posted at the beginning of 2017.

Kelley will be given a course release for the spring. Instead of teaching four classes, she will only have three.

“I’ll miss being in the classroom, but that should help with managing my time,” she says.

Being director of the Governor’s School for the Humanities will not be Kelley’s first stint with high school students. She was on the AAF Roanoke executive board, and after meeting with another member they came up with a day-long career exploration program called AdScape. AdScape, which this year scooped the national American Advertising Federation Mosaic Award, connects creative local high school students with ad professionals, communication faculty, and college students. The program, now in its third year, has been hosted by Radford University.

Kelley earned her bachelor’s degree at the University of Virginia and her master’s degree at Hollins University. Kelley is a former managing editor of Virginia Business Magazine and later became the first regional content manager for Media General's interactive division. Prior to becoming an instructor, she was an Online Business Development Manager for

Dec 2, 2016
School of Communication