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Mary Barnes Klayder, PhD

Member, Honors Program Advisory Board
Faculty Fellow, University Honors Program
Associate Director of Undergraduate Studies and University Honors Lecturer, KU Department of English
Primary office:
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. 

Over 27 years, Mary Klayder has taken more than 1,000 students to Great Britain and Costa Rica through 42 study abroad trips. These short-term programs are offered between semesters, allowing even more students to engage in study abroad opportunities during their short time at KU. Help us ensure that these opportunities are available to Honors students for years to come! Please contribute to the Mary Klayder Study Abroad Fund today!

Besides her study abroad Honors courses (The London Review, Travel Writing in Costa Rica, The British Summer Institute) she also teaches ENGL 105: Freshman Honors English, HNRS 190: Freshman Honors Seminar, and HNRS 370: Personal Writing Seminar.

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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