CHP Staff

Laurie Johnson (CHP Director)

On May 7, 2021, Interim Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education Lisa Monda-Amaya announced that Dr. Laurie Johnson agreed to become the next Interim Director of the Campus Honors Program. Dr. Johnson will work to maintain the traditional strengths of the Program, while broadening the base of faculty involvement and enriching collaborative relationships between students and faculty. Dr. Johnson currently serves as Interim Associate Director of the School of Literatures, Cultures, and Linguistics, and as Director of Undergraduate Studies in the Department of Germanic Languages and Literatures. She also has campus affiliations as Professor in the Program in Comparative and World Literature and in the Unit for Criticism and Interpretive Theory. Dr. Johnson received the BA in International Politics and German Studies from Northwestern University, and the MA and PhD in German from Washington University. She is the recipient of several teaching awards and has taught and conducted research at public and private universities, a liberal arts college, and a community college. In addition, Dr. Johnson has coached faculty around the country for the Faculty Success Program at the National Center for Faculty Development and Diversity.

Dr. Johnson is excited about working with the CHP faculty, staff, and students. She plans to connect with and learn from all the stakeholders who care about the CHP, and has many ideas for infusing new and exciting initiatives into the Program.

Elizabeth Rockman (Associate Director)

Elizabeth Rockman received her B.A. in English and Rhetoric from the University of Illinois in 1989, and her M.A. in English from the University of Maryland at College Park in 1992. Elizabeth worked for conservation non-profits in Washington, D.C. and Bethesda, Maryland for eight years, and returned to campus to work in the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs for nearly five years. Elizabeth joined the Campus Honor Program in June 2004 as the Assistant Director for Operations, and was promoted to Associate Director in Spring 2007; her duties include coordination of publications (such as the Annual Newsletter and NewsBytes), monitoring program requirements, drafting letters of recommendation, managing the faculty mentor program, and scheduling the SAS and KDR series. Elizabeth and her husband Gregg live in Urbana.

Anne Price (Associate Director)

Anne Price has worked at the University of Illinois for nineteen years and has been with the Campus Honors Program for three years. She started as Office Manager and was recently promoted to Assistant Director for Operations. Anne's responsibilities include recruitment and admissions management, office staff supervision, coordination of course development and scheduling, overseeing student events, advising students in the area of CHP coursework, and supervision of Honors House facilities. Anne's favorite part of her job is working with the students, facilities management and course planning. Anne graduated in May 2016 with a Bachelor's degree in Organizational and Professional Development from Eastern Illinois University. Anne lives in Weldon with her husband and has two grown daughters. In her spare time she enjoys reading, gardening, home improvement projects and traveling with her husband.

Tami Fazio (Office Administrator)

Tami Fazio joined the Campus Honors Program (CHP) in November 2017. Tami has been instrumental in updating the CHP to more current technological practices, which has increased efficiency and productivity. Tami’s responsibilities are varied and demanding and require a broad knowledge about University policies and strong attention to detail. These responsibilities include organizing and hosting student events such as New Student Orientation, Convocation, Commencement, Power Lunches and many weekly activities; supervising civil service and student employees, as well as the daily activities of the unit; coordinating functions related to Honors Student Council, Krannert Dress Rehearsals and the Scholar Adventurers Series programs; creating promotional flyers, comprehensive programs, videos, maps and photo boards for meetings and special events. Tami enjoys the wide variety of responsibilities this position offers, and assisting the diverse group of Chancellor’s Scholars.

Honors Advisory Committee

The Honors Advisory Committee is appointed annually by the Provost. The charge of this committee is to provide advice to the Director, who serves as chairperson. Included among the issues this committee addresses are such matters as admission of students and selection of courses to be offered.

Honors Teaching Faculty

Honors courses are taught by some of the University's most outstanding faculty, selected from all UIUC colleges. Generally, instructors of CHP courses are experienced senior faculty (i.e., Professors or Associate Professors) who have achieved eminence through their successful efforts in teaching and research. Many have won department, college, and campus instructional awards and most have been cited on the "Incomplete List of Excellent Teachers" a number of times. Typically, there is one faculty member teaching each course, although a few courses are team taught.