Associate Director, Study Abroad
My role: I am the campus director of the Dublin Study Abroad Program, during which students study at either Trinity College Dublin or University College Dublin. I also work with the Dublin Global Gateway on two summer programs: a six-week academic program, and an eight-day immersion program.
Why I find my work important: The majority of Notre Dame students (64%) study abroad in some way, shape, or form. The value of a global perspective is emphasized at Notre Dame as necessary to educate the whole person in mind, body, and spirit. Internationalization is a priority of this University that offers wonderful academic opportunities to students. I consider it a privilege to be part of an office who assists students in that process. Study abroad educates a cross-cultural workforce and creates individuals with a worldview that embraces diversity. My children are Notre Dame graduates, and my daughter also studied at University College Dublin. Both of them now work for companies with offices around the world.
In my job, I enjoy talking to students, helping them fathom the intricacies of study abroad, and seeing the transformation upon their return. They sometimes say that the best part of their education was the semester they studied abroad.
Professional background: I have an MSEd from Indiana University in secondary education with an endorsement in mathematics, and a B.A. in mathematics from Saint Mary’s College. Before working at Notre Dame, I taught high school mathematics at parochial and public schools. Through my present position, I have experience with Irish and British universities through programs in Ireland, Scotland and the U.K.
My favorite place: I love the West of Ireland, the Cliffs of Moher, city center of Dublin, and the beaches of Lake Michigan. My great-grandparents arrived in the U.S. from Ireland under invitation from Fr. Sorin to build Notre Dame. My great-grandfather and grandfather owned a local construction company that built some of the dorms on campus, and later my uncle worked his way through Notre Dame as a brick layer before graduating with a degree in architecture.
About me: I enjoy gardening, and have a passion for British history novels (1500-1800) by Philippa Gregory.
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