Reaching Stellar through Academic Excellence

academic excellence

Academic Excellence

The University of Illinois has one goal at the core of our mission: to transform lives and serve society. Academic excellence is vital to that enterprise. Through the Reaching Stellar campaign, UIS plans to raise support for academic programs, equipment, instruments and research opportunities. You can support these endeavors by making a gift to your preferred college or department or to other academic support funds.

The Reaching Stellar Campaign will also take advantage of the following means for achieving an even more stellar academic experience for UIS students

  • Funding for distinguished professorships.
  • Continued technology upgrades.
  • Programs to increase recruitment and retention among students (including scholarships).

To support any of these endeavors, please contact the UIS Office of Advancement at 217.206.6058 or by email at

A Story of Academic Excellence


Holly KentDr. Holly Kent | Excellence in Teaching

In May 2018, Dr. Holly Kent, associate professor history at UIS, received the Pearson Faculty Award given for excellence in teaching. She specializes in fashion history. “Dr. Kent serves as a generous mentor to both colleagues and students,” said members of the faculty review committee. “Dr. Kent’s courses are rigorous and engaging, a result of her innovative pedagogical strategies.” In recognition of her unique scholarship and teaching excellence, Dr. Kent was chosen as a representative to the Council of Public Liberal Arts Colleges (COPLAC) to collaborate and develop a multi-campus, multi-disciplinary course entitled “Fashion as an Agent of Social Change Since 1900.” Read more about Dr. Holly Kent and about faculty award recipients.

Stellar – Because Academic Excellence Empowers the Future