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Faculty Awards

Honors faculty are the heart of the University Honors Program. They don't just teach classes and advise students—they foster tomorrow's leaders by challenging them as scholars and global citizens.

Each year, University Honors recognizes Honors faculty for their creativity and excellence at our Faculty Awards Ceremony in November.  Honors students drive the selection process: all awardees are nominated directly by students, who then present the awards to faculty at our reception. 

Learn more about the awards and how to nominate an instructor or advisor:

Outstanding Honors Advisor

This award is given to an Honors faculty member whose advising has been supportive and informative and who has challenged their students to grow. Nominate your Honors advisor!

Outstanding Honors Freshman Seminar Instructor

This award recognizes the instructor whose Freshman Seminar has been the most helpful to students as they develop the skills necessary to be successful on the KU campus and thrive as Honors students. Nominate your Seminar instructor!

Outstanding Honors Course Instructor

This award will go to faculty who have taught a long-standing Honors course and whose student-centered and forward-thinking teaching has influenced many students in their approach of the world. Nominate your favorite Honors course/instructor!

Past Awardees

Outstanding Advisor: Dr. Misha Barybin
Outstanding Freshman Seminar: Dr. Celka Straughn
Outstanding Honors Course Instructor: Dr. Mathew Johnson
Outstanding Advisor: Dr. Kala Stroup
Outstanding Freshman Seminar: Dr. Marc Greenberg
Outstanding Honors Course Instructor: Dr. Steven Ilardi

KU Today
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