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Mary Barnes Klayder, PhD

Member, Honors Program Advisory Board
Associate Director of Undergraduate Studies and University Honors Lecturer, KU Department of English
Primary office:
785-864-2582
Wescoe Hall
Room 3019


Mary Klayder (C’72, D’75, G’82, Ph.D.’09) graduated from KU with bachelor’s degrees in English and Art History. She taught high school English before becoming a faculty member at KU. 

As an English professor at the University of Kansas, Mary Klayder has advised countless students with her refrain, “It’ll be fine.”  In addition, she teaches a variety of Honors English classes ranging from the introductory level to capstone courses.  She received the HOPE Award in 2009 as voted on by the senior class. Dr. Klayder has led honors study abroad trips to England and Costa Rica for the past twenty years.


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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