Now Hiring Honors Ambassadors for Fall 2016

The Honors College is seeking actively involved and committed Honors College students to apply to become Honors Ambassadors. The Honors Ambassadors will be hourly paid positions. These students will work closely with Honors College faculty and staff to promote the Honors College to prospective and current students as well as the university community. The Ambassadors will also serve as peer advisors and mentors to current Honors College students by being accessible during scheduled hours in various locations on campus to answer questions and support their fellow peers academically, professionally, personally and socially.

Job Responsibilities:

• Meet with students during set office hours in specific locations
• Answer basic questions about curriculum
• Share information about college activities/student clubs and community involvement
• Provide information about Honors College and UMKC resources and offices
• Assist students in learning how to use Pathway, Connect, and DARS for academic navigation and planning
• Attend mandatory training in August and weekly meetings
• Meet with prospective scholars that visit campus (ex. eating lunch with them on campus, have them attend a class with you) to give them the one-on-one attention and student perspective
• Attend recruiting events hosted by UMKC Admissions and the Honors College
• Assist with UMKC Summer Orientation

Minimum Qualifications:

• Must be an Honors College student and have completed at least 1 semester in the Honors College.
• Must have completed 2 full semesters at UMKC.
• Excellent listening, written, and oral communication skills.
• Must be available for training in August and weekly meetings during the semester

If you are interested in applying to become an Honors Ambassador please follow this link to submit the online application by April 13. You will also be asked to submit a resume.

Honors College Open House

Spend a day exploring UMKC’s campus and the Honors College! The Honors College Open House will be held on Thursday, April 14.

Your day will include opportunities to learn about the Honors College experience, discuss your academic interests with a UMKC representative, learn about the UMKC and Honors College admission process, and hear about the latest scholarships and financial aid available to you.

You will take a tour of campus, meet with current honors students, shadow an honors course, and eat lunch in the UMKC Student Union.


  • 8:30a.m. – Check in and enjoy a continental breakfast
  • 9:00a.m. – Visit the UMKC Admissions Department and the Honors College
  • 10:00a.m. – Shadow the honors course Honors Anchor H214, “Nazi Occupied Europe.”
  • 11:30a.m. – Have lunch with honors students and honors faculty and staff
  • 1:00p.m. – Attend your academic appointment
  • 2:00p.m. – Take a campus tour

Register here to reserve your spot!


Honors Student Featured in UMKC Today

UMKC Going Places
Trustees’ Scholar and Honors College student Allison Spunaugle was recently featured in UMKC Today. Spunaugle is an aspiring pediatrician with a drive for success, studying Cellular and Molecular Biology with a pre-medical Disease emphasis. To learn more about Spunuagle, please visit the UMKC Today feature here.


Written by Chelsea Wheeler, Honors College Student Assistant

Assistant Teaching Professor Publishes New Books

Wood Book 2015Dr. Henrietta Rix Wood, Assistant Teaching Professor of the Honors College, was recently published by the Southern Illinois University (SIU) Press. Wood’s book, Praising Girls: The Rhetoric of Young Women, 1895-1930, explores the rhetorical activities schoolgirls practiced during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries in the United States. Click here for more information, including a full table of contents.

Wood co-edited In the Archives of Composition: Writing and Rhetoric in High Schools and Normal Schools, published by the University of Pittsburgh Press in early 2015.

Her work has also appeared in American Periodicals, Rhetoric Review, and Feminist Challenges or Feminist Rhetoric? Locations, Scholarship, Discourse (Cambridge Scholars, 2014).

Wood teaches writing, reading and general education courses at UMKC. To learn more about Wood, please visit the Honors College Faculty and Staff page.

You can order Praising Girls: The Rhetoric of Young Women, 1895-1930 through SIU Press or on Amazon.

A reception and book signing will be held by the Honors College on Thursday, May 5 from 4:00p.m.-6:00p.m. in Miller Nichols Library 325. To RSVP, please email the Honors College.

Written by Chelsea Wheeler, Honors College Student Assistant