Dr. Susan Klusmeier is the Vice Provost for Academic Success at the University of Kansas (KU). Academic Success partners with academic units and departments to improve student success on the Lawrence and Edwards campuses. Dr. Klusmeier provides strategic leadership for the nine units that report to Academic Success: First-Year Experience, Undergraduate Advising Center, University Academic Support Centers, KU Writing Center, University Career Center, Office of Fellowships, Center for Service Learning, Center for Undergraduate Research and the Military-Affiliated Student Center.
Dr. Klusmeier also serves as a campus liaison for the University Innovation Alliance (UIA) and leads the grant and research projects generated through the UIA. She is an active member of NASPA – Student Affairs Professionals in Higher Education, and served as a member of the NASPA 2020 Annual Conference Leadership Committee. She is also a member of the advisory board for KU’s Emily Taylor Center for Women & Gender Equity. Dr. Klusmeier serves as a courtesy assistant professor in the Department of Educational Leadership & Policy Studies in the School of Education, and enjoys working with and mentoring emerging professionals in higher education.
Prior to her current role, Dr. Klusmeier held several positions at the University of Missouri (MU) focused on student success initiatives, academic advising, diversity and inclusion, and enrollment management. She has also previously worked in residence life at The Ohio State University and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Dr. Klusmeier has been recognized for her work in higher education at national, regional, and institutional levels including recognition from NACADA – The Global Community for Academic Advising and INROADS.
Dr. Klusmeier earned a Bachelor of Science in Journalism from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a Master of Science in Education with an emphasis in Higher Education Administration from the University of Kansas. She holds a Doctorate in Education from the University of Pennsylvania where she graduated with distinction for both her oral defense and written dissertation. Her research focuses on the professionalization of academic advising and the role policy plays in advisor retention.