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Kelli Goodkowsky, M.Ed, HT (ASCP)
Program Director and Associate Professor
Histologic Science
School of Nursing and Health Professions
(860) 727-6917
Office Location
2 King Court
Courses Taught
Introduction to Histology
Histology Techniques
Staining II
Histology Laboratory Application
Histology Capstone and Seminar
Histology Clinical Experience
Introduction to Alternative and Complementary Medicine
Introduction to Healthcare
Kelli has been the Program Director for Histologic Science since November 2012. Previously the Supervisor for Histology and Cytology at Holyoke Medical Center, Kelli brings over 25 years of experience supervising surgical pathology laboratories, with a focus on providing superior care of all patient specimens. Kelli builds reflective practice, universal design for learning, and mindfulness into her work with students. Her philosophy for educating students is grounded in her belief that educators must view the classroom environment through a holistic lens that supports student learning. Kelli earned the award of Teaching Fellow through her participation in Universal Design for Learning and currently teaches in the Histology and Health Science Programs here at Goodwin University.
M.Ed. - Elms College, MA
Bachelor of Science in Social Work - Elms College
Hartford Hospital School of Allied Health, Histologic Science Program
Honors / Awards
Teaching Fellow, Universal Design for Learning
Areas of Interest / Study / Research
Student development
Pranger, H., Dowd, P., & Goodkowsky, K. (2018). Ensuring Student Success: A Systematic Approach to Specialized Programmatic Accreditation. Intersection of Assessment and Learning, 35–41.

Goodkowsky, K. (2018, December 28). The Rabbit Hole: Fear to Fearlessness in the Classroom [Blog Post]. Retrieved from

Goodkowsky, K. (2017, October 17). Multiple Means of Representation Enhance Learning [Blog Post]. Retrieved from
Conference Presentations
Goodkowsky, K., & Desai, P. (2019, March). Mindfulness in the Classroom. Presented at the New England Educational Assessment Network 2019 Dialogues in the Disciplines, Goodwin University East Hartford CT.

Dowd, P., & K. Goodkowsky (2018, November). Implementing Universal Design for Learning into a Selective Admission Program: A Histologic Science Case Study. Presented at Goodwin University Inaugural Conference, From Novice to Expert: Implementing UDL Across Academic Disciplines, East Hartford, CT

Goodkowsky, K., & Reese, K. (2017, April) Bug-eyed: The Histology / Microbiology Relationship. Presented at the CT Society for Histotechnology, Spring Conference, Wallingford, CT.

Goodkowsky, K., & Dowd, P. (2016, April). Leading in Healthcare Environment. Presented at the Region I Histotechnology Conference and Symposium, Mystic, CT.

Pranger, H., Rajaniemi, D., & Goodkowsky, K. (2013, May). Building Community by Creating a Culture of Recognition and Respect Through Non-Academic Activities. Poster presented at the Fairfield University Annual Conference on Innovative Pedagogy and Course Redesign XIII, Fairfield, CT.
Teaching Philosophy
"There is no finish line."
No matter what stage in life we are in, there is always room for growth and for education.
Giving Back
Member, Goodwin University Scholarship Committee 2018-present
Educator's Task Force, National Society for Histotechnology 2017-present
Faculty Senate President 2017-2019
Faculty Senate President 2015-2017