Dr. Kim Graber (CHP Director)
On September 13, 2013 Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs and Provost Ilesanmi Adesida announced that Dr. Kim Graber agreed to become the next Director of the Campus Honors Program (CHP), pending Board of Trustees approval.
Dr. Graber is a Professor of Kinesiology and Community Health and Associate Head for Undergraduate Studies. She has been a faculty member at Illinois since 1994; and has served as a member of the CHP's Honors Advisory Committee. She received the University of Illinois Distinguished Teacher/Scholar Award in 2006 and the Campus Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching in 2009. She has served as President of the National Association for Sport and Physical Education and is currently the President of the Research Council of the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance. Dr. Graber has also served the campus in many roles, which include membership on the Senate Executive Committee, membership on the University Senates Conference, and as chair of the Teaching Advancement Board. She was recently inducted into the National Academy of Kinesiology.
Dr. Graber 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 Yearbook, 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.
Julie H. Woolsey (Associate Director of Admissions and Operations)
Julie Woolsey received her B.S. in Zoology, Chemistry, and Microbiology from Iowa State University in 1986. She received her M.S. in Biology and Education from Mankato State University (now Minnesota State University Mankato). Julie worked as an industrial chemist and in various biological research laboratories prior to her work in educational administration, and she had a short stretch as a retail manager. Her duties include managing the budget and facilities, coordinating the admissions process, scheduling CHP courses, recruiting faculty for course development, and advising the Honors Student Council. Prior to her position in CHP, Julie worked in the Colleges of LAS, Business, ACES, and Vet Med. In her free time, she enjoys movies, gardening, games, and various crafts.
Anne Price (Office Administrator)
Anne Price worked at the University of Illinois for sixteen years before joining CHP in July 2014. Most recently she worked in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences in Student Academic Affairs where she supported the Assistant Dean and Director of New Student Advising. Anne's responsibilities include supporting the administrative staff of the Campus Honors Program, maintaining the student records database, managing payroll, handling travel arrangements, expenses and reimbursements, planning events for the students and assisting with CHP admissions. Anne's favorite part of her job is working with the students and planning events. Anne has been pursuing her Bachelor's degree in Organizational and Professional Development from Eastern Illinois University and plans to graduate in Fall of 2015. Anne lives in Mahomet with her husband and has two grown daughters. In her spare time she enjoys reading, gardening, home improvement projects and traveling with her husband on their motorcycle.
Margaret Cupps (Office Support Specialist)
Margaret Cupps earned a B.A. from the University of Illinois in 1983. She majored in English with minors in psychology and music. Before joining Campus Honors Program in 1995, she was involved in retail operations in Champaign and in Stillwater, Oklahoma. In Oklahoma she was a department manager and merchandise buyer of home furnishings, housewares and gifts. She enjoys reading, seasonal decorating and time spent with her husband, two daughters and their families.
Bruce Michelson (Director Emeritus)
Professor Bruce Michelson was Director of the Campus Honors Program since 1996, having served as Acting Director from August 1992 through January 1994. As Professor of American Literature in the UIUC Department of English, he won the Prokasy Award for Distinguished Teaching and the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Advising. He was the Fulbright Lecturer in American Literature at three universities in Belgium in 1983-84 and an Exchange Professor at the University of Leuven in 2002. In 1997, the United States Information Agency sent him on a nation-wide lecture tour of India, to commemorate the 100th anniversary of Mark Twain's visit.
Chair of "more college and campus committees than I care to admit," Professor Michelson was a key figure in the building of the new Illini Union Bookstore and the development of UIUC living-learning communities, especially the Women in Math, Science, and Engineering Program. He appears in several episodes of American Passages, the Oregon Public Broadcasting video series on literary history; his books include Literary Wit (2001), Mark Twain on the Loose (1995), and Wilbur's Poetry (1991), and the forthcoming Mark Twain and the Information Age. He also writes the Instructor's Guide and the web site for The Norton Anthology of American Literature. For the Campus Honors Program, he has taught "Introduction to Poetry" and a seminar called "College and the American Self."
Professor and CHP Director Michelson retired on August 16, 2013.
Richard Burkhardt (Director Emeritus)
Richard Burkhardt received his Ph.D. from Harvard University in 1972 and came to Illinois that same year. His research interests are in the history of science, with particular focus on the emergence of ethology as a scientific discipline, and he has won a Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship and an appointment as an Associate in the U. of I. Center for Advanced Study. He has taught a variety of courses (including Science and Western Civilization, histories of biology and medicine, and Religion, Science, and Society), and is the recipient of excellence in teaching awards at the school, college, and campus levels. In addition, Professor Burkhardt has served as Chairperson of the Department of History, Director of the Program in Science, Technology, and Society, and President of the International Society for the History, Philosophy, and Social Studies of Biology. Professor Burkhardt retired at the end of the 2003-04 academic year.
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 Student Council
CHP's Honors Student Council consists of four officers (elected annually by CHP students) plus other interested Chancellor's Scholars. The functions of this committee are to provide advice and ideas to the Director of the CHP and to arrange social activities for students in the program. The purpose of the Council is to provide honors students with an orderly means of voicing their suggestions for the good of the CHP, or of expressing any other matter of interest or concern to students as Chancellor's Scholars. As representatives of honors students in general, members of the Student Council are expected to solicit the ideas and opinions of other students in the program, to discuss these ideas and opinions in their meetings, and to make any recommendation to the Director that the Council believes is in the best interests of the CHP.
Honors Student Council officers are elected in the spring. Students interested in serving on the Council nominate themselves, giving information about themselves designed to convince other students to vote for them. Elections are conducted on-line (one vote per person). Student Council meetings, held at the Honors House, are preannounced and open to all interested members of the CHP.
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.
Each Chancellor's Scholar is assigned a faculty mentor from the student's major field of interest upon request. The mentors introduce students to the intellectual standards, methodologies, and historical development of their chosen academic discipline, and they provide advice and guidance about utilizing the vast academic resources of the University. Ideally the same faculty mentor works closely with the student through all four years, including planning for advanced study or a career. However, the CHP will accommodate students who wish to change their major or want to have a faculty mentor from a different discipline.