Kelly Sartorius

Director of Advancement
Primary office:
785-864-1003
Nunemaker Center
Room 216


I am a published historian of higher education (Deans of Women and the Feminist Movement: Emily Taylor's Activism, Palgrave Macmillan 2014) as well as an experienced advancement professional. I earned bachelor degrees in journalism and U.S. history from Kansas State and Wichita State universities respectively, a master's degree in American studies from the University of Maryland, and a doctorate in American history from Kansas State. I began my higher education career at Kansas State University in 2003, where I became senior director of development for the College of Engineering. I have also served as the director of development for the College of Arts and Sciences at Washington University in St. Louis. Afterwards, I oversaw the fusion of advancement efforts--alumni relations, fundraising, and communications--as the senior director of development at University of Arkansas's College of Engineering. Throughout my career, I've maintained an active research and writing portfolio; I'm currently writing a book on the history of women's leadership training in higher education.

What I Do at Honors

As the Director for Advancement, I oversee external relations, alumni communications, and advancement programming for University Honors. I also teach an Honors Freshman Seminar and serve as an Honors Mentor.

Why I Love Working in Honors

I love that Honors provides each student with the opportunity to reach his or her own potential. It's a pleasure to help students see how talented they are and to help them in thinking through the future they want to build.

I Can Help With . . .

  • Alumni relations and fundraising opportunities
  • Careers in higher education administration, non-profits, and fundraising
  • Public relations careers in policy and politics
  • History and oral history methodologies

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
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