Kelly Donovan

Kelly Donovan
Lecturer, English for Academic Purposes

Kelly Donovan joined NYU Shanghai in 2020 as a Lecturer of English for Academic Purposes. She is serving as a Senator representing Shanghai on the NYU Contract-Faculty Senators Council (term 2023-2026) and as a member of the Faculty Affairs Committee in the NYU Shanghai Faculty Council. She teaches two English for Academic Purposes courses: “The Science of Friendship” and “The Final Boss: Defeating Social Issues in Gaming.”

Prior to joining NYU Shanghai, Ms. Donovan was a participant in the English Language Fellow Program, a U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Education and Cultural Affairs exchange program. She was hosted by Qufu Normal University (QFNU) in Shandong, China from 2018 to 2020. She also taught English as a foreign language in Taiwan as a Fulbright ETA and in Kosovo as a Peace Corps Volunteer. Ms. Donovan has taught English as a second language in various programs across the U.S. including the AmeriCorps ACCESS Project.

She is a member of the International TESOL Organization and proud supporter of The International Research Foundation for English Language Education (TIRF).


Select Publications 

  • Donovan, K. (2020). Have you eaten? In S. M. Kang, X. Q. Wang, & L. Wang (Eds.), 讲述美丽中国:英语教程 [Jiangshu meili zhongguo:Yingyu Jiaocheng; Perspectives on Chinese Culture: An English Coursebook] (pp. 103-107). Jinan, China: Shandong University Publishing Press
  • Wang, X. Q., & Donovan, K. (2020). Using identity to introduce ICC skills in the EFL classroom. English Teaching Forum, 58(4), 42-48.
  • Donovan, K. (2014). A society in crisis: China's growing generation gap. Virginia Review of Asian Studies, 16, 202-216
  • Kang, S. M., Wang, X. Q., Wang, L., Cao, Y. H, Man, H., Sun, H. M., Su, G. L., Zhang, L., Olson, C. C., & Donovan, K. (Eds.) (in press). 讲述美丽中国:英语教程 [Jiangshu meili zhongguo:Yingyu Jiaocheng; Perspectives on Chinese Culture: An English Coursebook]. Jinan, China: Shandong University Publishing Press



  • MA, TESOL and Language Program Administration 
    Middlebury Institute of International Studies

Research Interests

  • Language and Identity
  • Teacher Supervision and Teacher Training
  • Ludic Language Pedagogy