Meet Kelsey Pytlik, Adjunct Professor in the Online Master’s Degree in User Experience

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Meet Kelsey!

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Kelsey Pytlik serves as an adjunct professor for the Kent State University School of Information, teaching courses in UX, UX principles and concepts, principles of interaction, and more.

Pytlik completed her UX master’s degree in 2011 but returned to the iSchool four years later to teach. She was inspired to do so after attending a UX conference and running into a familiar face.

“I was still trying to figure out what I wanted to do,” Pytlik said. “I ran into one of my professors and they invited me to become an adjunct professor and here I am.”

As an adjunct professor, Pytlik is encouraging students to incorporate empathy into their UX course content and work.

“Empathy cannot be taught from a textbook,” Pytlik said. “It needs to be an overarching theme or value in all of the work that someone does.”

In her accessibility course, Pytlik is helping students think outside of their normal design process to ensure that all perspectives are being heard and understood.

Pytlik stressed that UX professionals must consider different perspectives during their design practices because of the substantial impact it has on audiences.

Learn more about Kelsey.


Kelsey Pytlik started teaching as an adjunct instructor for Kent State’s Knowledge Management Master’s degree program in 2015. She frequently teaches UXD 60001 User Experience Design Principles and Concepts.

She is a contract User Experience Designer. After completing her master’s at Kent State, Kelsey worked at a digital agency on branded sites followed by working as a member of an in-house digital team at an e-commerce retailer. Since 2016, Kelsey has been working across a variety of clients as a contract resource.

Kelsey is also the co-founder of Gild Collective, which offers gender diversity and inclusion programming to client companies.

Outside of work, Kelsey is an active participant in Team and Training endurance events to fundraise for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.

The Flexible, Affordable, Online Master of Science in User Experience at Kent State University

Prepare to lead successful and innovative user experience design teams with Kent State University’s Online Master of Science in User Experience. Gain a competitive edge in this fast-growing, well-paid field with our unique blend of instruction in human-centered design, information architecture, and management skills, delivered in a convenient, 100% online format.

Kent State Online’s UX master’s degree has been crafted to enhance your skills and increase your market value. Core courses give you a solid conceptual grounding for your design team.

From there, make the UX master’s degree your own through your choice of electives and a capstone course. Our accomplished and professionally connected faculty can help you tailor your elective coursework for your desired specialization or target industry.

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