Emily Clossin, an IUPUI Honors College assistant director
Clossin began at IUPUI in 2005 when she worked as an academic advisor and recruiter for Herron School of Art and Design. In addition to advising students, she helped to start Herron House, the school’s Residential Based Learning Community. She ran Herron’s National Portfolio Day and worked with faculty to develop new graduate program application processes. Clossin recalls her favorite aspect of working at Herron as “being surrounded by the creativity, warmth, and enthusiasm of its students.”
The Indianapolis native joined the IUPUI Honors College staff in 2013 as an Assistant Director and advisor for students in the Plater International Scholars Program and IUPUI Chancellor’s Scholars Program. In addition to coordinating the Honors College’s involvement with the IUPUI Cultural Dinners and International Festival, Clossin also represented the Honors College on the IUPUI Staff Council for four years. She serves as the advisor for the Honors Arts & Culture Society and notes her involvement as co-advisor for the Honors Peer Mentor Program as being one of the biggest highlights in her current position. “Being able to see our students grow in their roles as mentors and work with our Peer Mentor Leader council has been very rewarding,” says Clossin.
What led this award-winning advisor to her current profession? Starting out in the museum field working in educational programming at The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis, Clossin later became manager of the museum’s college internship program. After realizing how much she enjoyed working with college students, she was fortunate enough to make the transition to academic advising at IUPUI.