Participant Profiles 2012

Geraldine Ameriks is an Associate Professional Specialist of Spanish at the University of Notre Dame. She teaches both 100 and 200 level Spanish courses as well as culture and intermediate grammar courses.
Contact Information:,177 Decio Faculty Hall, 631-7331





Monica Jancha is a Visiting Assistant Professional Specialist.  She has taught intermediate and intensive language courses at Michigan State University where she was certified in oral proficiency evaluation for various programs.  She has also worked at Saint Mary’s College and has taught adult and preschool Spanish classes in her community.  She is interested in second-language acquisition, gender studies, and Spanish art history.  Contact, 251B Decio Hall, 631-1093





Leslie L. Morgan is a First Year Experience Librarian at the University of Notre Dame. She works with Faculty teaching first year students and provides one-on-one library consultations to first year students.
Contact Information:, 229 Coleman-Morse or 112 Hesburgh Library





Andrea Topash-Ríos is an Associate Professional Specialist of Spanish. She has taught Spanish literature, language, and civilization and culture courses to undergraduate students. In addition, she is a 2005 recipient of the Kaneb Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching.
Contact Information:, 124 Decio Hall, 574-631-0463






Amanda G. McKendree is an assistant director of the Kaneb Center, where she coordinates University-wide graduate student programming and manages a staff of Graduate Student Associates in developing and facilitating teaching assistant orientations, pedagogy workshops, certificate programs, as well as teaching apprenticeships/fellowships. She also consults regularly with graduate students, faculty, and departments, and provides research services on teaching and learning topics.
Contact Information: 350 Debartolo, 574-631-9148,





 Leonor Wangensteen-Moya is an Adjunct Assistant Professional Specialist in the Department of Romance Languages and Literatures and Special Projects Assistant at the Kellogg Institute for International Studies. She received her B.A. in Spanish and Fine Arts and her M.A. in Iberian and Latin American Studies at the University of Notre Dame where she was awarded a Nanovic Institute for European Studies Fellowship. She teaches 100 and 200 level Spanish language classes to undergraduate students.
Contact Information: 209 Hesburgh Center, 574-631-0663,





Michael Jindra is the Co-Director of undergraduate studies in Anthropology. His research focuses broadly on the role of culture in influencing group and subcultural activity. More specifically, he has written on African funeral rites, Star Trek fandom and other cultural productions. His research program currently centers on the relationship and tension between subcultural diversity and economic inequality and includes conducting local research involving an antipoverty nonprofit organization. A former Peace Corps Volunteer, he has conducted ethnographic research in Cameroon and the US, and completed archival research in Europe.
Contact Information: 622 Flanner Hall, (574) 631-2308,



Tatiana Bortero is an Associate Professional Specialist in Spanish. She received her B.A. from West Virginia University and M.A. in Education and Latin American Literature, West Virginia University 1998.
Contact Information: 155 Decio, 573-631-5211,







Shauna Williams is the Associate Professional Specialist Assistant Chair and Director of Undergraduate Studies. She received her B.A. from Evangel University and M.A. from Indiana University, and has many years of experience teaching Spanish in both university and secondary school settings. She holds a graduate certificate in English as a Second Language and has taught ESL at all levels.
Contact Information: 343 O’Shaugnessy Hall, 574.631.6886,



Suzanne Coshow, Associate Professional Specialist, Mendoza College of Business. Since completing her dissertation in political sociology on the Social Bases of State Policies, Dr. Coshow has published and presented her research both within and outside of academia. Recent publications include a peer-reviewed article on the employee satisfaction of nurses at mid-career, work on the relationship between labor organization and quality of life, and extensive applied work on employee engagement while working for a for-profit survey research firm in the health care sector. Her research and teaching interests cover a broad range under the umbrella of public and applied sociology, including: futures studies research, sustainability issues in business and society, economic and social policies, inequality, and media studies.
Contact Information:, 314 Mendoza College of Business, (574) 631-0291

Tom Loughran is a professional specialist in the Physics Department at the University of Notre Dame. He serves as Education Program Leader for an NSF-sponsored program called Interactions in Understanding the Universe. He also functions as managing co-PI for an NSF-sponsored GK-12 project, the Notre Dame extended Research Community(NDeRC), a five year program bringing graduate students from the Notre Dame Colleges of Science and Engineering into local K-12 schools to invite students and teachers more fully into science and engineering.
Contact Information:, 929 North Eddy Street, (574-63)1-3362

Adam C. Clark is a doctoral candidate in Christian Ethics. His dissertation addresses contemporary theological disputes about the use of the languages of “salvation,” “creation,” and “providence” to engage late modern cultures around questions of just action, ethos, and policy. Attending to those often marginalized in these cultures, including especially those with “disabilities,” is central to his research. Correlatively, Adam will be teaching a section of Notre Dame’s Writing and Rhetoric course entitled, “Speaking with and for the Margins,” in which student research and other writing develops out of being in community with those marginalized by homelessness, incarceration, physical and mental impairments, and ethnic or national difference.



Sheila McCarthy is in PhD studies at Notre Dame, specializing in Liturgy and the connections between how we pray inside of Church and how we live through life’s joys and pains outside of Church. Sheila is also a member of the local Catholic Worker community, which practices hospitality to the poor, and teaches yoga and dance at the Elkhart County Jail.



Gary O’Neil (B.A. University of Western Ontario, M.A. McGill) studies the literary and religious culture of early modern England with a focus on early modern drama. The recipient of a Canadian Graduate scholarship and Provost Fellowship, Gary is especially interested in the history of protestant polemic, especially as it relates to the sacraments, the history of the emotions and Shakespeare. Currently in his first year at Notre Dame he is exploring the implications of skin (commodified as) clothing in the works of Jonathan Swift, Fanon, and a number of other postcolonial critics, an outgrowth, so to speak, of his Masters thesis which examined the abundance of sores, blisters, ulcers, kibes in the work of playwrights John Ford, John Webster and Shakespeare as part of a larger societal concern with sacramentality (particularly unction) and dissection culture. He is looking forward to teaching next fall and using his classroom as a laboratory for his burgeoning interest in digital humanities. Contact Information:, (574)-344-7875, 917 E Lasalle Ave South Bend, 46617


Kasey Swanke serves as an instructor for Notre Dame’s first-year Writing and Rhetoric curriculum. Passionate about the subjects of poverty, homelessness, and justice, Kasey designs her courses with a community-based service contingent to lend students’ writings to a primary concern regarding the reality of the crossroads between the academy, the Church, and the needs of the community. A Ph.D. candidate in Political Science, she studies the impact of religiosity on Americans’ political attitudes.


Brandon Vaidyanathan is a PhD Candidate in Sociology at the University of Notre Dame.