Dr. Latta has a joint appointment to the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (.75, Director) and the Office of Graduate Studies (.25 Assistant Vice Provost). As Assistant Vice Provost, she serves as the principal staff liaison between the Office of Graduate Studies and the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, providing input on strategic direction, graduate policy, and best practices to support graduate education. She also provides leadership for a variety of special campus-wide initiatives. As Director, she provides leadership to the College Office of Graduate Affairs, including awards, student services, policy, curriculum, and graduate student professional development functions. She works closely with the College’s Committee on Graduate Studies to provide oversight for graduate curriculum and policy, and collaborates with departments and the Associate Dean for Academic Innovation and Student Success to develop new graduate programs.
Dr. Latta joined KU in 2008 and has been with the College since 2012 and Graduate Studies since 2019. She holds a Ph.D. in Cultural Anthropology from Princeton University and a BA in Sociology from the University of Missouri, Kansas City. She conducted fieldwork on indigenous entrepreneurs in Otavalo, Ecuador. In addition to her academic training, she is a Certified Public Manager (CPM), has taken coursework on management for the nonprofit sector (Indiana University-Purdue University), and has specialized training in fundraising (Association of Fundraising Professionals) and grant development (Grantsmanship Center).