UW Honors Program

Meet the Staff


Jim Clauss is Professor of Classics and served as chair of the Classics Department from 2002-07.  His areas of interest include Greek and Roman literature, Roman history, archeology and topography, and, outside of Classics, Cinema Studies.  He is Adjunct Professor in Comparative Literature and Near Eastern Language and Civilization and oversaw the creation of the Office of Minority Affairs and Diversity Rome Program.  Jim won a distinguished teaching award in 1996.

Associate Director

Dr. Villegas' work in Honors includes curriculum, recruitment and retention, outreach to UW’s faculty and staff, and creation of international programs.  Her international teaching experience includes a quarter at the UW's Rome Center and intensive summer programs in Berlin and Amsterdam.  Julie received her degree from the University of Washington (English), and her research interests include interdisciplinary work in border studies, immigration/migration issues, and mixed race identity politics.

Director of Academic Services

Aley has been an adviser in the UW Honors Program since Autumn, 2002. She completed her undergraduate studies at UW with an Honors degree in English Literature, and her graduate studies at UW with a Masters in Education with an emphasis in Higher Education Policy Studies. She has focused much of her studies on how college students incorporate experiential learning opportunities into their curriculum. Before working in higher education, Aley worked in book publishing in NYC and Seattle and holds a particular interest in literature of the environment.

Assistant Director of Academic Services

Brook Kelly is an Academic Adviser & the Experiential Learning Coordinator. She has been an adviser in the UW Honors Program since Spring, 2005 and graduated from the UW in 2004 with a bachelor's degree in Political Science with College Honors and History. Brook was a 2003 Bonderman Fellow, and travelled throughout east Africa on her fellowship.  She now coordinates the Bonderman Fellowship for the Honors Program, in addition to directing study abroad programs in Sierra Leone and other parts of Africa.

Academic Adviser

Laura is the newest addition to advising in Honors, although she worked in Honors as a student. She graduated from UW with a BA in Women Studies and Comparative History of Ideas. Laura is glad to be afforded the opportunity to continue living in Seattle and working at the UW, and is especially excited to continue hearing about all the fascinating and creative things Honors students are doing, thinking and exploring.

Manager, Finance & Administration

A 2005 UW graduate in Cinema Studies and Italian, Wendy has also worked at UW since 1996. As Administrator for Honors, she most enjoys working with students and discussing their study abroad plans. This fall she led a Husky Adventure that took freshmen on a Seattle cinema-focused tour concluding with dinner and a movie.

Database & Web Computing Specialist

Ryan is devoted to all things technological around the Honors office, developing and maintaining the databases and applications that keep the office running smoothly. He graduated with a bachelor's degree in Urban Planning from Arizona State University in 2006, and got his start in web and database programming at ASU's Mars Space Flight Facility.

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