The KU Honors Program is pleased to announce the selection of our two newest Faculty Fellows: Distinguished Professor Perry Alexander and Associate Director of Undergraduate Studies in English Dr. Mary Klayder.
Professor Perry Alexander is the AT&T Distinguished Professor of Electrical & Computer Science in the School of Engineering and the Director of the Information & Telecommunication Center at KU. He has taught 9 freshman seminars with the Honors program, taught the 2013 University Scholars course, and was the recipient of the 2014 Outstanding Honors Advisor Award.
Professor Alexander’s connection with the program has sprung from his belief that “Breadth of learning is critical for all our students regardless of major. Working with the Honors program is a natural extension of this desire to provide a broad-based education that will serve our students throughout their lives.” When advising, Professor Alexander strives to “help students get closer to what they want to be. That often begins with helping them find their passion and convincing them they are capable of achieving their goals.” Professor Alexander’s current freshman seminar is titled “Searching for a Just Machine” and deals with the emergence of computing and the limits of computing capabilities.
Dr. Mary Klayder is the Associate Director of Undergraduate Studies and the University Honors Lecturer in KU’s Department of English. Her contributions to the Honors Program have been extraordinary: she has taught Honors seminars continuously since 1992 and has developed two Honors-specific study abroad programs. Overall, she has taught more than 150 Honors classes in the past 20 years while advising hundreds of Honors students, earning a variety of teaching awards and developing lasting connections with Honors alumni.
Dr. Klayder is eager to continue her work with the program as a Faculty Fellow, saying “I truly love my work with Honors students and do want to continue that work throughout the rest of my career here at KU. [. . .] I will do my best to bring my memory, my connections, my creativity, and my commitment to my role as a Faculty Fellow.” Dr. Klayder’s current freshman seminar is titled “So You Want to Be a Writer, huh?” and introduces students to the major creative writing genres.
Honors Program Faculty Fellows teach freshman Honors seminars and upper-level Honors courses, advise Honors students, and assist in recruiting exceptional Honors freshman. They also provide guidance in Honors Program planning and serve on a variety of advisory committees.
Visit our Faculty Fellows page for information on our current Faculty Fellows: Philip Baringer (Professor, Physics & Astronomy), Mikhail Barybin (Professor, Chemistry), Tim Jackson (Associate Professor, Chemistry), Jennifer Roberts (Associate Professor, Geology), John Staniunas (Professor, Theatre), and Michael Vitevitch (Professor, Psychology and Senior Associate Director, Honors Program).