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Institution: University of Kansas

Location: Lawrence, Kansas

Phone: 785-864-3539

Institution Type: 4-year public, research

Program Type: university-wide

Program Enrollment: 1500

Present Position: Associate Director since 2013

Previous Honors Positions: Assistant Director (co-curricular program and first year experience) 2011-2013

NCHC Member Since: 2011

Program Reviews and Consultation

NCHC Activities Related to Honors Program/College Assessment & Evaluation:

  • Participated in the Honors Program at KU's self-evaluation in 2012. 
  • Active member of the Diversity Committee, with a keen interest in assessing how Honors incorporates questions of equity and inclusion in our missions.

Activities in other areas or organizations related to assessment or site visits, workshops, etc.: 
  • Member of the Humanities program assessment
  • Developed assessment tools for Honors first year experience programming, as well as for our new curricular requirements.
  • Member of the University wide Diversity committee assessing the value of programming around inclusion and equity. 

Self-Identified Areas of Special Interest and Experience

  • Diversity, equity and inclusion: assessment of the pervasive ways in which these questions can improve Honors education.
  • Curriculum: implementation of strategies to foster critical thinking and interdisciplinarity.
  • Engaged learning: assessment of research and civic engagement integration in the Honors curriculum.
  • Intercultural competence: development of study abroad, integration of cultural diversity education in the Honors foci, and pedagogical approaches to diversity in general.

The Role of an NCHC-Qualified Site Visitor
As a NCHC trained and approved Program Reviewers I see my first role as an advocate for the Honors Programs and Colleges I visit.  To do so effectively, I learn quickly what you do, how you do it and with what resources thanks to your self-evaluation and any other document you think will enhance the team of reviewer’s understanding of the context within which you operate.  My role is to help you make the most of what you have, and to promote your work and Honors education to administrators at your institution in hopes to both increase your visibility on campus and the flow of resources in your direction. This is both a great responsibility and greatly exhilarating!  
A NCHC Program Reviewer is also an expert.  I have attended NCHC every year since 2011, when I started in Honors.  My own journey on the road to life long learning is every year enriched by my attendance to the annual NCHC meeting (and some regional ones), as well as my conversations with colleagues throughout the Honors network across the world.  Standing on the shoulders of Honors giants has allowed me to retool the Honors Program at the University of Kansas in just over five years starting with the Freshman seminar and implementing a new curriculum last fall.  I may not know everything (yet!), but I know where to find answers; I am a creative problem solver, an expert planner, and a strategic thinker.
My training in American Studies has also led me to develop sharp skills in the realm of facilitation of difficult conversations: at a time when resources are in short supply, especially at public universities, justifying Honors can become one such difficult conversation.  I am devoted to help you make the positive change I know Honors education can make!  As an ambassador of Honors education, my responsibility is to support you as you create educational experiences that will prepare students for the interconnected and increasingly diverse world we live in. 
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