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Kimberly Dawn Pelle MS

Coordinator of Non-Traditional Student and Family Programs
Manager, Adult Student Center
Adjunct Faculty, Social Sciences

Univ. Center South 206
Phone: (812) 941-2650


Kimberly Dawn Pelle serves as Director of the Adult Student Center (ASC) at Indiana University Southeast and Coordinator for Non-Traditional Student and Family Programs, providing students with personal support, academic services and programs that meets their needs and connect them to the university. Pelle has worked in higher education for 22 years, including 10 years as an admissions counselor and 12 years managing the Adult Student Center.  Pelle works closely with adult students coming to college for the first time or returning to college after time off, veteran students, disabled students, international students, LGBTQIA students, students of color, single parents, and students in the workforce full and part time. 



Academic Background

  • Masters

    • IU Southeast, New Albany, Indiana, USA
    • Master of Sciences in Education
  • Bachelors

    • IU Southeast, New Albany, Indiana, USA
    • Political Sciences and Journalism

Professional Interests


Pelle has a MS degree in Education, is an adjunct faculty member at IU Southeast in Social Sciences teaching a class on Bystander Intervention, and sits on numerous committees, including but not limited to: Domestic Violence Task Force, Chancellor’s Cultural Diversity Advisory Board, Common Experience, Metroversity Consortium, and the Persistence and Completion Council.  She also works closely with the Center for Woman and Families, the Family Scholar House, Hosparus, and Education Matters Southern Indiana.  Pelle is also responsible for the campus’ Family and Parent Programs. 


Publications include:

Encyclopedia of World’s Fairs and Expositions. Jefferson, NC: McFarland Press, publication expected June 2008.  Edited with John E. Findling 

Encyclopedia of the Modern Olympic Movement. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 2004. Edited with John E. Findling

Fair America: A Short History of World s Fairs. Washington, DC: Smithsonian Institution Press, 2000. Co-author with Robert W. Rydell and John E. Findling   

Historical Dictionary of the Modern Olympic Movement. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1996. Edited with John E. Findling. Selected by Choice as an Outstanding Academic Book for 1996.

Historical Dictionary of World s Fairs and Expositions, 1851-1988. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1990. Co-edited with John E. Findling


Pelle is a published freelance writer and has presented on the adult student, the veteran student, and the IU Southeast Adult Student Center at numerous conferences, including the Association of Non-Traditional Students in Higher Education (ANTSHE), Association of Higher Education Parent/Family Programs Professionals (AHEPPP), and Diversity and Inclusion Conference.  In addition, she has received recognition for her work, including the Professional Distinguished Service Award in 2016, the Chancellor’s Cultural Diversity Award in 2009, the Metroversity Outstanding Adult Learner Staff Award in 2006, and most recently the ANTSHE Non-Traditional Student-Friendly Award for the IU Southeast Adult Student Center in 2017.