Deborah Kelly

Adjunct Assistant Professor in Economics
Deborah Kelly
(619) 260-7596
Office Location
Alcala West, Coronado 210
  • D.B.A. Alliant International University, Strategic Management
  • M.S. Arizona State University, Economics
  • B.S. Arizona State University, Economics
Areas of Expertise

Selected Publications

  • Funding of human service sector nonprofit organizations, Business Strategy Series
  • Human Service Sector Nonprofit Organization's Social Impact, Business Strategy Series
  • Perception and Acceptance of Online Education: Do Online Courses Pass the Muster?, Issues in Information Systems
  • A New Model For Measuring Instructional Effectiveness and Student Learning in the Classroom, Issues in Information Systems
  • A Journey of Two Survivors, Journal of Participatory Medicine


Deborah Kelly joined the faculty at USD School of Business Administration in 2008. Before teaching at USD, she was a branch manager at a financial institution, software engineer at General Dynamics, and part time faculty member at Palomar Community College and Alliant International University. Deborah’s research interests include subtopics of her dissertation about social impact and strategic success of U.S. human service sector nonprofit organizations. One particular area of research included developing a survey to rate non-governmental organizations in China with regards to their transparency, effectiveness, and social impact. The survey was completed in 2011 and implemented in 2012 under the supervision of Jing Wang, PhD at MIT through her grant funded by the Ford Foundation. In addition, Deborah has peer-reviewed journal articles about European museum governance and their characteristics of innovation. Other research interests include: student loan debt, generations in the workplace, behavioral economics, and perceptions of online education. Honorary societies…