University Honors ProgramUniversity of Cincinnati

University Honors Program

Jessica King

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Jessica (left) with Ginny Walters (Class of 2011) and educator Erin Gruwell

Contact Information




MA, Education Studies, University of Cincinnati
BA, Spanish & Sociology, University of Cincinnati
Certificates: Global Studies, Leadership


I advise students in Biomedical and Chemical Engineering programs within the College of Engineering and Applied Science… and anyone else who comes to talk to me. Set up an appointment via e-mail or Starfish or just stop by!

In addition to my role as lead advisor, I have many other projects in our office and in supporting our students' work. I teach sections of Gateway to University Honors as well as the Exploring Community Engagement honors seminar. I also lead a service immersion experience called Making Wishes Come True and have previously led the WorkFest alternative spring break experience.

I grew up in Cincinnati and am a proud UC alumna and staff member. As an undergraduate at UC, I was a member of the University Honors Program and found some of my greatest experiences through the honors staff and associated opportunities. After graduation, I started working full time for UC in the Office of Admissions, traveling to high schools all over the state and sharing my own bearcat memories with future students.

I am also a doctoral student in CECH in the Educational Studies program. I am interested in service-learning, addressing educational inequality, building transformative relationships, and how all of this relates to community engagement.

Jessica in Revolution Square in Cuba

Revolution Square; Havana, Cuba

Ask me about…

  • The experiences I have had in Southeastern Kentucky, Central Florida, Cuba, London, and the beaches of Normandy while traveling with University Honors students.
  • My personal study abroad adventures in Costa Rica, Denmark, England, and Mexico.
  • My passion for and work with the Make-A-Wish Foundation.
  • Being an advisor and alumnae board member for my sorority.
  • Serving as a Co-Lead Facilitator for the LeaderShape Institute at a national level.
  • Reese, my adorable dog

Favorite Quotes

"Treat people as if they were what they ought to be, and you help them become what they are capable of becoming." – Johann von Goethe

"Experience is what you get when you don't get what you want" -- Randy Pausch


Jessica King with President Ono

Quality time with Prez Ono during our Graduation Celebration