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Michele McCrillis

Assistant Dean of Curriculum and Outreach Programs

Honors College

Pronouns: she/her


Building & Room:

Burnham Hall


Michele McCrillis is Assistant Dean of Curriculum and Outreach Programs in the Honors College. In her role, Michele works with faculty from across campus to develop unique Honors courses. She also oversees the Honors College Faculty Fellows program that pairs each Honors student with a faculty mentor.  An art historian, Michele teaches Honors courses related to her research such as HON 124 Picturing Reality: Documentary Photography and Film.  A great advocate for the life-changing benefits of study abroad, Michele has developed and taught Study Abroad programs in Italy and the United Kingdom.  Most recently, she developed an embedded spring break study abroad program for the Honors College, taking students in her HON 124 POP! The Art and Culture that Rocked British Society in the 60s course to London, England.  

Prior to joining the Honors College in 2017, Michele taught at Columbus State University (CSU) in Georgia for seventeen years, where she was Associate Professor of Art History specializing in 19th and 20th century art.  While at CSU, Michele created and taught courses for their Honors College and collaborated with faculty across disciplines to develop and teach Freshman Learning Communities and International Learning Communities.  She received several teaching awards and was nominated by CSU for the Council of Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) US Professor of the Year.  Michele who grew up in London, received her BA in History from the University of Leeds, UK, and her Masters in Art History, Theory and Criticism from the School of The Art Institute of Chicago.  She loves to travel, experience art in all its forms including dance, film and street art, try different foods, and run along the spectacular Chicago lake front.