Daniel Kelly

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Published December 13, 2021

This month's featured Professional Staff Senate member is Daniel Kelly, Associate Director of Communications & Outreach for the Office of Curriculum, Assessment and Teaching Transformation.

How long have you worked at UB?

I have worked at UB since 2011. 

What do you enjoy most about your job?


I love the campus atmosphere. There is certain buzz, year-round, that makes a place like UB special. Taking a stroll down The Spine, once the sun has set, and seeing the lights on in the libraries, offices, and labs is an amazing experience for me. So I guess, simply stated, the campus atmosphere is in some way indicative of a unique sense of belonging and purpose that working in any sort of job here can afford.

What’s the most difficult part about your job?

For all kinds of reasons, things often tend to move slower here than I’d like. This is certainly not a phenomenon unique to my job. Getting used to having an idea, and then planning and navigating a course of action that takes months or even years to see through, takes a lot of patience. 

What would you say is your biggest achievement at UB?

There are rewarding job successes that stand out, such as coordinating the University’s Campaign for the Community for four years. However, earning a PhD in Philosophy, while working full-time, is the hardest thing I’ve done here at UB. Completing this graduate course of study, and ultimately being capable of offering an historical defense of the Kantian philosophy took years of discipline and hard work in order to complete. It took countless nights and weekends reading and writing at cafés in order to reach this goal. Needless to say, graduation weekend this past spring was an unbelievably rewarding experience!   

Tell us something about your department that isn’t well known.

CATT has a blog (shameless plug) where we try to provide information and insights into teaching, learning, and assessment in unique ways. If you are interested, please visit our blog.

If you were to share some advice for other professional staff, what would it be?

Consider ways in which you can make UB and working in higher ed. more of a lifestyle and less of a job. One can be an employee here, while also wearing many other related hats. From our respective roles in our individual offices and departments, to broader committees and volunteer groups, athletics/UB Bulls, university-wide events, and scholarship and research, this world is vast, enriching, and rewarding on many different levels.  

Do you have any hobbies? What do you do for fun?

I love the outdoors and have been climbing, backpacking, mountaineering, canoeing, etc. since high school. My wife and I try to train at the climbing gym at least three days a week and we climb outside when we can. We love to travel and combine hiking and/or climbing with our trips. I also love reading—especially history, philosophy, interesting or provocative fiction, and classic literature. Additionally, music is a passion of mine—particularly metal, punk, and hardcore—and I enjoy playing guitar and drums and seeing live music. 

Do you have a favorite meal you like to prepare?

Yes, ice cream, and it’s very easy to prepare! I go to the ice cream stand, get money out of my wallet, give it to the cashier, and then it gets prepared!

If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go?

I would really love to go to Japan to explore and eat lots of fish and sushi. My wife and I have also wanted to travel extensively throughout eastern Europe, but have not been able to do so due to our prioritizing of other trips and then the more recent pandemic travel restrictions.

Any other fun facts about you?

I once completed 2 one-thousand piece puzzles in a day!