Presenter Bios

Megan Ames

Megan Ames is an Advisor for the Fulbright Foreign Language Assistant Program, based out of Washington, DC. She joined IIE in May 2014 as a Program Officer for the Fulbright Foreign Student Program. Megan also worked on TeachHer, the U.S. Mission to UNESCO’s public-private partnership aimed at encouraging adolescent girls to pursue careers in STEAM fields. Prior to IIE, Megan was a Graduate Assistant at Vanderbilt University’s Global Education Office and for Vanderbilt’s US-China Center and Educational Leadership Learning Exchange (ELLE) program for school principals in Nashville and Guangzhou. She worked in Nimes, France as a Foreign Language Teaching Assistant for the Académie de Montpellier. Additionally, she taught English as a Second Language in Xiamen and Xuzhou, China. As an undergraduate at Emory University, Megan studied abroad in Paris and Oxford.


Trunojoyo (Atun) Angga

Trunojoyo (Atun) Anggara is an academic advisor and educational data assessment postdoctoral fellow at the First Year of Studies. His area of advising is in the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM), Economics, and pre-health fields. He earned his Ph.D. in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at the University of Notre Dame and B.S. in Chemical and Biological Engineering at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.


Denise A. Ayo

Denise received her Ph.D. in English with a minor in Irish Studies at the University of Notre Dame. As the CSLC’s Assistant Director, Denise develops and facilitates a variety of programs and events that support foreign language acquisition. She directs the CSLC’s Summer Language Abroad grant program; liaises with faculty and college administrators; coordinates foreign language reading groups and other academic initiatives; and organizes numerous annual events and conferences, including the CSLC’s Let’s Talk Conference and the Fulbright Foreign Language Teaching Assistant Summer Orientation. In addition, she acts as the Center’s Director of Undergraduate Studies for the new TESOL minor and writes grants to help support the CSLC’s mission. In Spring 2016, she served as the CSLC’s Acting Director.

Denise has published essays on Irish, modernist, and digital culture. She has also digitized a selection of the work of the Irish-born American literary critic Mary Colum:


Catherine Bronson

Catherine Bronson is an Assistant Teaching Professor of Arabic and Islamic Studies. She specializes in Arabic pedagogy, Islamic intellectual thought, the religious traditions of the late-antique Near East, and gender constructions in Islam. Her research and publications focus on how the interpretation and formulation of the Qur’an during the formative period of Islam influenced doctrine, culture, and civilization. Her article, “Eve in Formative Period of Islamic Exegesis (in Tasfir and Islamic Intellectual History,” (published by Oxford in 2014) looks at the origins of the intrinsic paradoxes produced by the vying images and personas of Eve found in the early Islamic tradition.

Catherine Bronson is also a co-editor for the Review of Qur’anic Research (RQR). As an integral part of International Qur’anic Studies, the RQR online resource features reviews of recent published scholarship in the field of Qur’anic studies and allied fields, including monographs, multi-authored volumes, reference works, interpretative literature, translations, and dictionaries.

Her forthcoming monograph, Islamic Selves of Eve will be available in Spring 2017.


Pamela Butler

Pamela Wynne Butler is Associate Director and Director of Undergraduate Studies in the Gender Studies Program. Dr. Butler’s research uses critical-race and transnational feminist critique to understand popular and public cultures in the United States. Her areas of expertise include post/feminist pop culture; U.S. histories of gender, sexuality, and empire; feminist political economy; and the carceral state. Her current book project, The Secret History of American Knitting: Entanglements of Race, Sex, and Empire, is a genealogical political history of hand-knitting in the United States since the mid-19th century, focused on the ways in which domestic handcrafts have produced diverse racial and sexual subjectivities through such sites as the home, the prison, the museum, and the global economy. Her work has been published in Meridians: Feminism, Race, Transnationalism and in the collection Queer Twin Cities. In addition to her academic work, Dr. Butler is a master knitter, a member of the National Needle Arts Association, and an internationally renowned designer of hand-knitting patterns.


Chris Clark

Chris Clark works in the Learning Technology Lab helping faculty integrate technology into their courses. His current projects include Remix-T, an AASL award-winning website designed to help college teachers develop engaging activities that incorporate images, video, and sound. He is also converting the Kaneb Center’s Teaching Well Using Technology certificate program into an online course where graduate students have the option of earning a digital badge. In the undergraduate Applied Multimedia course that Chris teaches each year, students learn to create and critique a variety of media. Chris earned a BA in Spanish from Cornell and an MA in education from the University of Rochester; he also completed doctoral coursework in instructional design at Penn State. Prior to joining the Kaneb Center staff in 2001, Chris worked for four years in the OIT. He was previously Director of Educational Technology at the Culver Academies, but his original calling was as a high school Spanish teacher. Chris has presented workshops at national conferences and published a number of articles on educational technology. In 2012 he co-edited Teaching With Technology, Volume 2: The Stories Continue.


Leonardo Francalanci

Dr. Francalanci’s areas of specialization are Comparative Romance literatures (Catalan, Occitan, Spanish, Italian and French), Romance linguistics and Textual Cryticism. His research interests include Medieval Catalan and Occitan literatures, the dissemination of Medieval Italian literature in the Western Mediterranean and European Petrarchism.


Judith Fox

Judith Fox is a Clinical Professor of Law at the Notre Dame Law School, where she teaches and practices consumer law. Since joining the Notre Dame faculty 1997, she has taught courses in consumer law, alternative dispute resolution, ethics and domestic violence. Prior to joining the law school faculty, Judy was the deputy director of Berrien County Legal Services in St. Joseph, Michigan. Judy graduated from Notre Dame Law School, magna cum laude in 1993. She was the articles editor of the Notre Dame Law Review. Prior to attending law school, Judy was a loan officer at banks in both Pennsylvania and Indiana. Ms. Fox runs the Economic Justice Clinic. Her advocacy and research focus on issues of predatory lending, primarily in the housing market. She is on the Advisory Board of the Indiana Foreclosure Legal Assistance Program, the predatory lending committee of the Bridges Out of Poverty Initiative and the National Association of Consumer Lawyers.


David Gasperetti

Professor Gasperetti is the author of The Rise of the Russian Novel: Carnival, Stylization, and Mockery of the West (1998), A Reference Grammar for V puti (2006), and Three Russian Tales of the Eighteenth Century (2012). He is currently working on a monograph charting the poetics of Russian prose fiction from its origins in the seventeenth century to the the early-nineteenth century. His teaching interests include intermediate Russian language, nineteenth- and early twentieth-century Russian literature, parody, and the relationship between narrative and systems of belief.


Melissa Glenn

Melissa Glenn is the Title 1 Data Coach at Perley Primary Fine Arts Academy.  In 200, She earned a degree in Elementary Education with a minor in Special Education, from Butler University in Indianapolis, Indiana.  Melissa has worked in education for 17 years. Her first job was at Avon Intermediate Center, in Avon, Indiana,  where she taught fifth grade for five years and sixth grade for one. SIn 2006, moved to South Bend and taught eighth grade at Edison Intermediate Center for four years and then spent a year at Monroe Primary Center as a partner teacher teaching kindergarten and first grade.  After a year of teaching at Monroe, she accepted the role of Title 1 Curriculum Coach,  she work in this capacity for two years at Monroe, and then moved to Perley Primary Fine Arts Academy.  Melissa is entering her fifth year at Perley as a Title 1 Coach, a position that has allowed her to affect many children and assist teachers with professional growth.  In her 1st year at Perley she helped create a new integrated arts curriculum that best suited the conditions of the school.  This included making connections with faculty from Notre Dame to generate the cultural element of the program.  Melissa’s primary goal is to develop a student-centered school environment where students are actively involved in the learning process and teachers foster that goal.  


Azeb Hailesellassi

Prof. Haileselassie’s interests include French Linguistics, Applied Linguistics, Conversation Analysis, Second Language Acquisition, College Foreign Language Pedagogy, and Contemporary French Culture

Before joining University of Notre Dame, she served as French Language Coordinator at West Virginia University (WVU) and University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. So far in her professional career, she taught French Language courses, French Phonetics and pronunciation, French Grammar and Structure, General French Linguistics, College Foreign Language Methodology and Contemporary French Culture.

In 2010 she was presented with the French Department Award for Teaching Excellence from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in recognition of her contribution to French language teaching mythologies and TA training.


Amy Hoffman

Amy is the program manager at the Center for the Study of Languages & Cultures. She originally pursued and completed a degree in Spanish from Purdue University, but began teaching English as a Second Language after graduation. After discovering her passion for ESL, she received an M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction with a specialization in TESOL. She has taught English to speakers of others languages in both community-based and IEP settings. Amy has a strong interest in working with students and learning about other languages and cultures.


Hana Kang

Dr. Hana Kang is an Associate Professional Specialist / Associate Professor of the Practice at University of Notre Dame. She holds a joint appointment from the Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures (EALC) and the Center for the Study of Languages and Cultures (CSLC). She received a Ph.D. degree in East Asian Languages and Cultures from The Ohio State University in 2011. She taught Chinese, Korean, East Asian Cultures and TESOL classes at The Ohio State University and Michigan Technological University. She also developed the Chinese Certification Program at Michigan Technological University. Dr. Kang’s research interests include foreign language acquisition, computer-assisted language learning, and language learner identity. She has presented research papers on the acquisition of Chinese characters by foreign language learners at various national conferences such as ACTFL and AAAL. Her current research projects include investigating foreign language learners’ writing processes and bilingual speakers’ identity construction.


Rosemary Max

Rosemary Max was appointed Director of International Programs in August 2014. She oversees Study Abroad, International Student and Scholar Affairs, and NDI’s short-term Global Engagement programs.  Rosemary joined Notre Dame in September 2013 as Director for International Student and Scholar Affairs. Prior to coming to Notre Dame, Max worked in international education at other universities and spent 10 years as a United Nations staff member in Geneva and New York. Max is a 1988 graduate of the University of Notre Dame and holds a doctoral degree in education from Teachers College, Columbia University. She is fluent in French and has lived in France, Switzerland, and Senegal.


Tara MacLeod

Tara MacLeod is a native Irish-speaker from Ceantar na nOileán in the Connemara Gaeltacht. She received a Bachelor of Social Science in Social Administration and Library and Information Studies from University College Dublin in 1991. Tara later earned a Masters in Social Work from University College Cork in 1997 and a Dioplóma sa Ghaeilge from the National University of Ireland, Galway, in 2001. As an Associate Teaching Professor for the Department of Irish Language and Literature, Ms. MacLeod teaches Beginning Irish I, Beginning Irish II, Intermediate Irish and Ireland’s Edge, a course that studies the culture of Gaeltachts in Ireland. Her interests include second language acquisition and the development of students’ language skills in conjunction with an understanding of Gaeltacht culture.


John T. McGreevy

As dean of the College of Arts and Letters at the University of Notre Dame, John T. McGreevy is responsible for the overall vision and strategy of the College. He oversees both the academic core and the support structure of the College. In cooperation with faculty members and other administrators, the dean seeks to advance Arts and Letters while integrating the various aspects of Notre Dame’s triadic identity as a residential liberal arts college, a dynamic research university, and a Catholic institution of international standing.

The dean oversees the University’s programs in the arts, humanities, and social sciences; appoints and oversees associate deans and the chairpersons of 20 departments as well as selected directors and support staff; and supports and evaluates the teaching and research of faculty members.


Karrah Miller

Karrah Miller joined the University of Notre Dame in November of 2011 as the Consultant for the Office of Institutional Equity. In this role, she created the University’s faculty and staff affirmative action plans in accordance with the Department of Labor’s Office of Federal Contractor Compliance Programs. She also assisted with student investigations and sensitivity training under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. In December of 2012, Ms. Miller transitioned into the role of ADA and Employment Compliance Program Manager for the Office of Human Resources. In this role, Ms. Miller headed the University’s interactive process for employee workplace accommodations under the Americans with Disabilities Act. She also created the faculty and staff affirmative action plans and assisted with training campus on EEO and Affirmative Action requirements. In April of 2014, Ms. Miller became the Program Manager for the Office of Institutional Equity. Ms. Miller oversaw ADA compliance, conducted trainings under Title VII and Title IX, and assisted the Director of the Office of Institutional Equity with investigations and complaints of discrimination and harassment. In August of 2014, Ms. Miller became the Director of the Office of Institutional Equity.  Ms. Miller now provides oversight and support of the University’s efforts to comply with all applicable federal and state civil rights laws, and the University’s policies prohibiting discrimination, harassment, and retaliation.  Ms. Miller also provides consultation to the University community regarding affirmative action, diversity & inclusion, and preventing discrimination, harassment, and retaliation. In addition, Ms. Miller oversees the University’s investigations into complaints of discrimination, harassment, and retaliation by all faculty and staff. She is the University of Notre Dame’s Title IX Coordinator. Ms. Miller is a native of South Bend, IN and received her Bachelor of Arts in Communications with an emphasis in Public Relations in 2005 from Purdue University in West Lafayette, IN. She received her Juris Doctor from Valparaiso University School of Law in 2011 where she was President of the Black Law Students Association, Vice President of the Student Bar Association and a member of the Mock Trial Team, Christian Legal Society and the Sports and Entertainment Lawyers Society. She is also a member of Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity.


Lana Muck

Lana Muck is the Deputy Director of the Office of Academic Exchange Programs (ECA/A/E) for Programs and Branch Chief for the Multi-Regional Programs Branch (ECA/A/E/MR).  She is also currently Acting Deputy Director of the Office of Academic Exchange Programs for Policy and Strategic Planning. Since 2002 Lana has served in various capacities in the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs at the U.S. Department of State, including the staff office of the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board, Office of Academic Programs, and Grants Division. She holds degrees in History and Political Science from Valparaiso University and a MA in International Politics from American University. Lana is an alumna of the Fulbright program; she received a U.S. student research award to Canada to study arctic governance.


Brian Ó Conchubhair

Brian Ó Conchubhair is Associate Professor of Irish Language and Literature at the University of Notre Dame and serves as Director of the Center for the Study of Languages & Cultures since 2013. His monograph on the intellectual history of the Irish revival entitled Fin de Siècle na Gaeilge: Darwin, An Athbheochan agus Smaointeoireacht na hEorpa (Cló Iar-Chonnachta, 2009) received the 2009 Oireachas non-fiction award and Duais Leabhar Taighde na Bliana Fhoras na Gaeilge/ACIS Prize for Books in the Irish Language in 2010. Other edited publications include Gearrscéalta Ár Linne (Cló Iar-Chonnachta, 2006, 2010, 2013); WHY IRISH? Irish Language and Literature in Academia (Arlen House, 2008); Twisted Truths (Cló Iar-Chonnachta, 2011); Dorchadas le Liam Ó Flaithearta (Arlen House, 2011); The Midnight Court/Cúirt an Mheán Oíche: A Critical Guide (Syracuse University Press, 2011); (with Matt Cashore and Susan Guibert) Notre Dame’s Happy Returns: Dublin, the Game, the Experience (Notre Dame Press, 2012); (with Mike Cronin) Éire-Ireland: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Irish Studies: Special Issue – Ireland and Sport, Vol. 48: 1&2 Spring/Summer 2013; (with Amber Handy) The Language of Gender, Power and Agency in Celtic Studies (Arlen House, 2013); Darkness: Liam O’Flaherty’s Tragedy (Arlen House, 2013) and  Lost in Connemara: Stories from the Irish/Caillte i gConamara: Scéalta Aniar (Cló Iar-Chonnachta, 2014). Currently he acts as Vice-President of the American Conference for Irish Studies (2013-15) having previously served as Irish-language officer on the National Executive. He has also served as an officer of the Celtic Studies Association of North America.


Lisa Joy Oglesbee

Lisa earned her Master’s degree in TESOL and Applied Linguistics from Indiana University, and thereafter taught in the Intensive English Program at IU. She has taught English as a Second Language in multiple contexts, both stateside and overseas in China, Spain, and Lithuania. Her academic pursuits lie in aiding non-native speakers of English in their successful acquisition of the language and in training new TESOL teachers to do the same. Her research interests include the integration of Second Language Acquisition theories and practice, as well as the effects of perception training on production intelligibility and accentedness.


Kim Patton

Kim Patton has been in higher education for 26 years and has held various positions at three institutions: Purdue University, Saint Mary’s College and the University of Notre Dame. The majority of Kim’s higher education experience has been in the area of student services, mostly in career services, but recently has taken a position as a Human Resources Consultant for the University of Notre Dame. As a Human resources Consultant, Kim provides guidance and support to managers and employees of designated departments with special emphasis on issues related to performance management and employee relations. Kim graduated from Indiana University in 1990 with a bachelor’s degree in business majoring in human resources and then received a master’s degree in education administration from Purdue University in 2000.


Ava Preacher

Assistant Dean, Associate Director of Office for Undergraduate Studies

  • Dean Preacher has been with the Office for Undergraduate Studies since 1993.
  • She is responsible for advising undergraduates in the College, especially those in my defined cohort whose surnames begin with L-Q.
  • She coordinates the College of Arts and Letters planning for the Majors Fair, serves as the prelaw advisor and administers the Dean’s Fellows program with Dean Stanfiel.
  • Along with her assistant dean colleagues, she conducts the new faculty orientation to introduce new College faculty to regulations and policies regarding undergraduates.


Guieswende Rouamba

Guieswende Rouamba works at the Center for Studies of Languages and Cultures to promote technology and guide language faculty on how to incorporate technology into teaching. He was an Instructional Design Technology Specialist at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL). Prior to joining the Innovative Instructional Design team at UNL, he worked for West Virginia University Academic Innovation to develop interactive digital math content for high school engineering courses. He holds a Master of Arts degree in Foreign Languages and a Master of Arts in Public Administration and Healthcare Administration from West Virginia University. Currently, he is completing his Ph.D. in Instructional Technology. His primary research interests are developing online courses for low bandwidth, designing mobile applications for teaching and learning, and CALL (Computer-assisted language learning).


Kristi Rudenga

Kristi Rudenga, the Assistant Director of the Kaneb Center for Teaching and Learning, helps Notre Dame graduate students, postdoctoral scholars and faculty members to develop and grow as teachers. She consults with instructors on pedagogical approaches and facilitates seminar series and workshops on teaching and mentoring.  Kristi teaches in the neurscience major and in the first year experience course. Before joining the Kaneb Center, Kristi was Associate Director and Science Education Specialist at the Yale Teaching Center.  She earned her PhD in neuroscience from Yale University, studying central brain representation of taste and food reward.


Sandra Teixeira

A native of São Paulo, Brazil, Professor Teixeira teaches courses in Portuguese language, and Portuguese and Brazilian culture. Her research interests include teaching language and culture with authentic material and mixed media resources as well as introducing short stories from Lusophone literature. She serves as the faculty advisor for both the Brazil Club and the Portuguese Language Club. Professor Teixeira also wrote a handbook in beginning Portuguese with the generous support of Title VI and the Helen Kellogg Institute for International Studies.


Jill K. VanDriessche

Jill K. VanDriessche is a 1995 University of Notre Dame graduate.  She graduated with a Bachelor of Business Administration with a degree in Marketing. Her time spent at Notre Dame inspired a strong desire to pursue a personal path to work towards social equality.  Following her graduation, she moved to Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania as part of the Holy Cross Associates (a service-based group working in solidarity of the poor). Following her year of service, Jill returned to South Bend and began working with the St. Joseph County Prosecutor’s Office.  During her time with the Prosecutor’s Office, she worked to create the Family Violence Unit and found her voice to serve those in the highest need. She returned to school, to pursue her education degree.  She holds a second undergraduate degree from Indiana University at South Bend and a Master’s degree in Elementary Education and certification in Administrative Leadership. Jill has been able to connect her passion for education and her commitment to working with those in poverty as an employee with the South Bend Community School Corporation.  She has held a number of positions: classroom teacher, instruction coach, assistant principal and principal. She is currently the principal at Perley Fine Arts Academy.  Perley is a fully integrated-arts magnet public school.  The curriculum connects visual arts, instrumental music, dance and movement and vocal music to the core content.  During the 2014-2015 school year, international immersion was added, enabling the students to be global ready. She has been recognized by her community as a member of the elite 40 under Forty and the Indiana Department of Education as a progressive educational leader. She works closely with the accreditation committee at Indiana University at South Bend and is a mentor to new administrators. Jill is married to John VanDriessche (a teacher and coach) and has two children: Cooper (10) and Molly (7).  In her personal time, she enjoys coaching youth swimming, reading, playing tennis and her new found love of gardening.


Hannelore Weber

A native speaker of German, Professor Weber specializes in second language acquisition and pedagogy. Her additional interests include German history and German music, with a focus on Lieder.  Professor Weber teaches beginning and intermediate language courses as well as Business German.  She has been a member of the Executive Board of the Indiana Chapter of the American Association of Teachers of German since 1999 and is a member of the Goethe Institut’s Trainers group.