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J. Steven Kelly

  • Associate Professor
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  • Department of Marketing
  • (312) 362-8130
  • 1 E. Jackson Blvd.
    DePaul Center 7405
    Chicago, IL 60604

Academic Degrees

DBA, Marketing, Kent State University,  1974
MBA, Management, Ohio University, 1968
BA, Mathematics, DePauw University, 1966


J. Steven Kelly is an associate professor of marketing at the Driehaus College of Business, and is also Director of the Kellstadt Marketing Center (KMC), which offers continuing and professional education in marketing. The KMC is the only Chicago-area university center to offer a full complement of professional marketing seminars and certificate programs.

Recently Kelly, with Dr. Stephen Koernig, created the MKT 420 Cannabis Business class.  Illinois became legal for recreational cannabis in January, 2020 and so the two professor gathered materials and conducted interviews of experts to share with both undergraduate and graduate students.  In the past year there have been zoom seminars for the public on cannabis law and the prospect of more cannabis curriculum in higher education. ​

Kelly started the Marketing Internship Program in 1989 and is also the founder of the University Internship Program (UIP). The Marketing Internship Program is the first such program in the University. The program offers opportunities to undergraduates and graduates to experience positions in marketing research, digital marketing , social media, public relations, sales, and nonprofit marketing through about 400 organizations in the Chicago area.

He was awarded the Robert B. Clarke Outstanding Direct Marketing Educator Award from the Direct Marketing Association. For many years he was a member of the Board of Trustees of the Chicago Association of Direct Marketing as well as the association's Educational Foundation, MMEF. Kelly has directed, with Dr. Susan K. Jones, Ferris state University, the Jacobs & Clevenger Case Writers' Workshop, having just completed its 26th year, part of the Marketing Management Association annual conference. This program awards faculty for writing outstanding marketing cases to be used in college classrooms across the country.  ​​