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Elizabeth Kiss

Elizabeth Kiss

Associate Professor

Contact Information

343L Justin Hall
(785) 532-1946


  • Ph.D. in Human Resources and Family Studies, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • M.S. in Human Resources and Family Studies, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • B.S. in Foods in Business, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • B.S. in History with a minor in German, Iowa State University

Areas of Specialization

  • Family resource management
  • Family and consumer economics
  • Personal financial planning

Professional Biography

Elizabeth Kiss, Ph.D., is an associate professor and extension specialist in the School of Family Studies and Human Services at Kansas State University. In this position, she assists in the development and delivery of a statewide Cooperative Extension program focused on developing the financial knowledge and skills for sound financial decision-making of Kansans. She supports the work of Extension agents across the state by providing linkages to current research, educational resources, and statewide and national organizations.

Her expertise is in framing, developing, and evaluating extension educational programs in the areas of family resource management and personal finance. In addition to traditional delivery methods, her programming efforts have also included social marketing campaigns and online educational challenges. Through her decade of involvement and service on the leadership team of the eXtension.org Financial Security for All Community of Practice, she is a national leader in the broad areas of family resource management and personal finance. In 2015, Kiss was appointed to a national health insurance literacy action team of Cooperative Extension professionals created in response to recommendations from Cooperative Extension’s National Framework for Health and Wellness ECOP Health Task Force, a component of APLU’s national ECOP Health Initiative.

In 2015, Elizabeth was recognized with the Kansas State University College of Human Ecology’s Faculty Excellence in Extension Award for her development of Prepare Kansas, an online challenge designed to help individuals and families be better prepared before, during, and after disasters. Teams she has been a member of have also been recognized with national marketing and social networking awards for programming efforts related to health insurance and financial management. Additional recognition of her scholarly activities includes best paper awards for co-authored manuscripts published in the Family and Consumer Sciences Research Journal in 2012, 2015, and 2016.

A life-long Midwesterner, she is proud of her personal and professional connections to several land-grant universities across the region.

Vita (PDF)