Kelli Donahue


Much of my professional attention is focused on assisting our undergraduate students in their internship, job, and graduate school searches as they write their resumes and other application materials, and prepare for interviews. To best assist our students as they pursue their professional goals, I am committed to keeping in contact with industry professionals, particularly our own Sport Management alumni, in order to advise our current students on how to best prepare themselves for their professional endeavors. In addition, I actively study various types of public speeches and addresses, the contexts in which they are given, and the organization and delivery of the speakers’ intended messages. I apply my studies to my classroom instruction as I assist my students and our Kinesiology international graduate students as they develop their speaking skills.

I also consult in speech writing both in and outside of the classroom. One of my favorite annual events is our Kinesiology Commencement, which includes student speakers who I assist in the writing and rehearsal of their speeches. It is a pleasure to watch them deliver their speeches to their fellow graduates, families, and Kinesiology faculty and staff at this momentous occasion.

Areas of interest

Public speaking, business communication


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1402 Washington Hts.
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-2013
(734) 647-2825
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Course Course Title Credits Term Instructor
SM 101 Public and Small Group Communication 3 Fall, Winter Donahue
Course Name RO: PubSmall Grp Comm
Course Level: Undergraduate
This course will explore the basic principles of persuasive speaking, focusing on content, organization, audience motivation, language and writing skills.
Prerequisites: Required of all Kinesiology undergraduate students.
Component: LEC
SM 217 Business Communication 3 Fall, Winter Donahue
Course Name RO: Business Comm
Course Level: Undergraduate
This course will help students improve their overall communication skills in the context of professional positions, while also teaching them how to write standard business documents.
Prerequisites: Sophomore status.
Component: LEC
SM 317 Career Planning 3 As Arranged Donahue
Course Name RO: Career Planning
Course Level: Undergraduate
Career Planning --- This course provides small group and one-on-one career coaching to SM students as they conduct internship and full-time job searches or apply to graduate programs. Assignments are individually catered to meet students' individual needs and goals. We will discuss all elements of a job search: preparing job application materials; promoting personal brand; networking and maintaining communication / building relationships with industry professionals; communicating with industry professionals in person, via email and social media; preparing for, executing, and following-up on interviews; accepting and declining job offers; negotiating salary; and managing a budget in the first year as a professional. Students update job search materials, including their e-portfolios; create a tiered database of industry contacts and/or potential graduate schools; and conduct two targeted informational interviews. Students also complete an activity to manage their budgets in the first year and a presentation on a specific industry's operations/organizational chart. Michigan Sport Management alumni and industry professionals participate as guest speakers by joining us in person in class or via Skype.
Component: LEC