As Associate Dean of Design, Kelly DeVore is responsible for shepherding the curriculum development, evolution, and transformation of CCAD's design disciplines. In this work, she emphasizes collaborative, research-based approaches that are future-focused and prioritize inclusivity, sustainability, and open communication.

DeVore earned a Bachelor of Architecture from Iowa State University in 2006 and joined CCAD in 2012 after earning her Master of Fine Arts in Design Research and Development, with a specialization in Higher Education, from The Ohio State University in 2012. DeVore began her work at CCAD in a joint appointment in the Interior Design and Graphic Design programs and was instrumental in developing sustainable processes at the college (such as getting recycling bins on campus); ushering the Interior program through accreditation reviews; and reigniting collaborative client-based projects for such clients as with Wolf's Ridge Brewing, Easton, and Airstream.

DeVore was appointed CCAD’s Chair of Interior Design in 2014 and led the program’s evolution into what is now Interior Architecture & Design. Central to her role at the college has been growing a body of seasoned and professional faculty educators who hone coursework to focus on current and future student needs. At CCAD, DeVore has also led the development of the Social Practice minor, the UX/UI minor, and several curriculum development initiatives across the campus. She has been consistently nominated for a Teaching Excellence Award and values the focus and development of student wellness and sustainability across the whole college.

DeVore’s professional background spans the built environment, architecture, design research/semantic meaning, and branding/graphic design practices. She has a particular focus on sustainable building technologies and building types, and has produced/developed several projects in private practice as well as her own sustainable building projects at Idyll Reserve. Her works and ideas have been seen in publications and venues such as WIRED, The Farmers Almanac, and Columbus Monthly.

DeVore’s semantic/historical works on motherhood, space, and time—alongside works by CCAD colleagues Lesley Jenike and Kelly Malec-Kosak—were featured in the show You’re Safe, I’m Here at A.I.R. Gallery in Brooklyn, New York.