Senior Lecturer

My teaching focuses on how communities can become more sustainable and resilient, especially in the face of difficult challenges and complex issues, to improve quality of life for all. As a teacher, my ultimate aim is to inspire a new generation of engaged citizens who are equipped with the necessary tools, competencies, and mindset for creating lasting change through community-based solutions. I have experience in designing and teaching service-learning courses that actively connect students to community organizations through meaningful learning experiences. Providing high quality and meaningful advising for my advisees is a top priority. I particularly enjoy connecting students to campus resources and brainstorming internship opportunities.

In my role as a researcher in the UVM Center for Rural Studies, I have worked on a variety of projects related to rural affordable housing, disaster resilience, development of community indicators, and conducting of program evaluations for non-profit organizations.

Kelly Hamshaw

Areas of Expertise and/or Research

Affordable housing, rural community planning, international development, environmental education


  • MS, Community Development and Applied Economics, University of Vermont, 2011
  • BS, Natural Resources, University of Vermont, 2006


Office Location:

207 Morrill Hall