Administration

Laurie Johnson (Interim 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 introducing and supporting new initiatives. Dr. Johnson most recently was Interim Associate Director of the School of Literatures, Cultures, and Linguistics, and 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. She lives in Champaign with her husband Carl Niekerk. One of their two daughters attends the University of Illinois, and the other attends Champaign Central High School (go Maroons).

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.

Amy Fitzjarrald (Program Director, Honors Living Learning Community)

Amy Fitzjarrald joined the University of Illinois at the beginning of 2020 as the Program Director for the Honors Living Learning Community (HLLC). Housed in Wardall Hall at ISR, the HLLC is home to selected James Scholars and Chancellor’s Scholars. Amy’s responsibilities include recruitment and selection of HLLC residents, office staff supervision, overseeing instructor recruitment and training for the HLLC required course CHP 199, coordinating Illinois Residential Education strategies for HLLC residents, developing travel opportunities for HLLC residents, and serving as a resource for students. She enjoys working closely with both University Housing and the Campus Honors Program. Amy is a proud alumna of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, earning a Bachelor’s degree in Communication in 2011. She then earned a Master’s of Education from Iowa State University in 2013. Prior to joining the University of Illinois, Amy worked as a Program Coordinator for Assessment in Student Housing and Residential Life at the University of Houston and Residence Hall Coordinator at Illinois State University. She has also previously sailed on Semester at Sea as a Resident Director during a summer 2012 voyage to Central and South America. Amy lives in Champaign with her fox terrier, Kleo, and enjoys traveling, personal development, and a good TV series.