Mary Farmer-Kaiser

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  • Dean of Graduate School
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Dr. Mary Farmer-Kaiser is the Dean of the Graduate School and a Professor of History.


Mary Farmer-Kaiser is the Dean of the Graduate School and a Professor of History at UL Lafayette. She became a member of the UL Lafayette community in 2000.

She is an award-winning teacher, scholar who studies the history of freedom and citizenship, and leader in graduate education in and beyond Louisiana. Championing access and inclusion in education is a personal and professional priority for Dean Farmer-Kaiser.

She is a first-generation college student who benefited from the education, opportunity, and sense of belonging afforded to her by the faculty at public research universities like our own.

She also is a historian whose research is grounded in understanding the meaning of freedom and citizenship in our nation. What she knows to be true—personally and professionally—is that accessible, high-quality education is transformative to individuals, families, and communities. She is a graduate of the Leadership Institute of Acadiana Leadership Lafayette program (Class XXXIV) and she served as the Co-Captain for Leadership Lafayette Class XXXVI.


Doctor of Philosophy, History
Bowling Green State University

Master of Art, History
Clemson University

Bachelor of Arts, History
Kansas State University

Awards & Recognition

  • Council of Graduate Schools Board of Directors
  • Conference of Southern Graduate Schools President
  • Louisiana Council of Graduate Schools President, 2017-2019
  • Leadership Lafayette Class XXXIV
  • Leadership Lafayette Class XXXVI Co-Captain
  • James D. Wilson/Board of Regents Support Fund Memorial Professorship in Southern Studies, 2006-2015
  • Dr. Ray Authement Excellence in Teaching Award, 2009
  • Phi Alpha Theta National History Honor Society National Councilor, 2008-2010, and Faculty Advisor Mentor, 2005-2013
  • Phi Alpha Theta National History Honor Society Faculty Advisor Award, 2007
  • Andrew W. Mellon Research Fellowship, Virginia Historical Association
  • Edward and Xin-Zhu Chen Scholarship for Distinguished Teaching, Bowling Green State University
  • Bernard Sternsher Outstanding Doctoral Teaching Fellow, Bowling Green State University
  • Charles E. Shanklin Award for Research Excellence, Bowling Green State University
  • Outstanding Graduate Teaching Award, Bowling Green State University