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Howard Graham

Associate Director, Academic Programs
Primary office:
Strong Hall
Room 133


Howard joined the Office of First-Year Experience in August 2012. He is the Associate Director for Academic Programs overseeing the University orientation course and KU Common Book. He also helps administrate Learning Communities, First-Year Seminars, and the First-Year Experience Peer Mentor program.  

Howard was born in Biloxi, Mississippi and raised in Cooperstown, New York. He earned his bachelor’s degree in history and English from Colgate University and his master’s degree in American Studies from KU. He is currently a Ph.D. candidate in Education Leadership and Policy Studies and prior to joining the Office of First-Year Experience, he worked as the Learning Services Coordinator and an Associate Director for Academic and Career Counseling with Kansas Athletics. In addition to teaching the University orientation course, he has also taught Humanities and Western Civilization at KU, and American and world history at Vermont Academy. Howard and his wife Amanda (03’) live in East Lawrence and are expecting their second child. 

"My first year in college I re-learned that taking appropriate social risks, introducing myself to people, venturing answers to and asking questions, going to events, concerts, talks, museums, study sessions, and gatherings usually paid off in one way, or another."

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