Laura Leonard is the Assistant Director for Curriculum Integration and Campus-Based Programs. She earned a BA, an MA, and a PhD in French Language and Literature from the University of Kansas. Her primary responsibilities include leading the Curriculum Integration Initiative on our campus and supporting and developing campus-based programs to bring an international experience to every Jayhawk. She is also the program coordinator for short-term School of Education & Human Sciences study abroad programs.
Laura has previously served as a Study Abroad Program Coordinator and (re)joined the SAGE team in November 2019 having spent the previous 8 years as an academic advisor for the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences. Laura lead the Humanities, International, & Interdisciplinary Advising team as Senior Academic Advisor for 5 of those years, and worked closely with students, faculty, and staff interested in languages and international study. Laura is also a KU study abroad alum, having spent a year abroad in Besançon, France as an undergraduate exchange student. She lived, worked, and studied abroad in France again both at the Masters and the Doctoral level, including as KU’s on-site Program Coordinator at Besançon, and has traveled extensively in France and Western Europe.