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Erin Spiridigliozzi

Associate Director
Primary office:
(785) 864-3652
Nunemaker Center
Room 100


I moved to Lawrence in 1984 after having lived in England for six years.  I joined KU in 1989 as Assistant Dean for Faculty & Staff Affairs in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences where I served under ten deans.  I hold a Ph.D. and M.S.Ed. in Educational Policy (Higher Education), both from the University of Kansas, a B.S. in psychology from the University of Maryland, and a B.A. in human services (childhood emphasis) from the State University of New York at Buffalo.  My research has focused on the areas of women's advancement and career pathing issues in higher education administration.  I joined the University Honors Program in July of 2017 as Associate Director.

I have served on a variety of task forces at KU, including the Initiative 2001 Serve Kansans and the Public Service Task Force. Dr. Spiridigliozzi directed KU’s Wheat State Whirlwind Tour for several years, a development program designed to provide faculty with an intensive educational experience about the state of Kansas, its people, and its heritage.  In 1997 and 1998, the tour garnered a gold award in the Council for the Advancement of Secondary Education’s District VI competition in the category of Institutional Advancement Relations Project.

What I Do at Honors

I serve as the primary internal and external liaison to the Director of the University Honors Program with responsibilities for tracking assigned projects, advocating the director’s agenda and strategic initiatives, and serving as the liaison between the director and the director’s staff. 

Why I love Working in Honors

To be given the opportunity to work with the brightest students at KU is a distinct honor.  Helping individual students recognize their full potential and self-actualization is intrinsically rewarding for me. 

I Can Help With . . .

  • Communicating with Honors students
  • Honors programming
  • Applying to MA, M.S.Ed., or Ph.D. programs in education (higher education emphasis)
  • Careers in higher education and counseling psychology
  • Supporting the local art and music scenes
  • Gardening and kayaking

Course offerings are “among the most comprehensive in the nation,” according to “A Review of Fifty Public University Honors Programs”
98% of University Honors Program graduates are employed or accepted to graduate school within six months of graduation
40% of students in the University Honors Program conduct research before graduation
9 to 1: Average ratio of KU honors students to faculty advisors
1 of only 7 programs nationwide to receive a top rating from “A Review of Fifty Public University Honors Programs” in 2014
60% of University Honors Program students study abroad
KU honors students select their advisors from top-ranked KU faculty
#KUHonors is hiring! We are looking for a Recruitment Coordinator. For more information or to apply, please visit https://t.co/kjDxE3e6eb

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