Women Faculty Profiles

Julia M. Braungart-Rieker

My journey at Notre Dame began when I interviewed here in November of 1991. Although the weather was formidable that day (snow already covered the ground and the Midwest winds gave a whole new meaning of the word “ blustering ” for me!), my overall impression of Notre Dame was one of warmth and hospitality. The many people whom I encountered that day—students, staff, faculty, and administrators—made me feel absolutely welcome, as if I already belonged here.

Feelings of such support have continued from that day forward. As an assistant professor for s... Read More

Kasey Buckles

Research, teaching, and service—most research universities evaluate their faculty based on these three criteria. Faculty members looking toward their next promotion fret over them, trying to make sure that they meet the standards in each category. Notre Dame uses these criteria as well, and as an assistant professor I do my fair share of fretting.

However, I have found something unique and refreshing about the way Notre Dame encourages faculty to pursue these three goals simultaneously. Here, we are asked to see these areas as being complementary to one another, and t... Read More

Meredith S. Chesson

At a fundamental level, anthropology is most exciting to me when it helps us to explore the seemingly infinite ways of being human in our world. At the level of the individual and the collective, peoples’ lives are guided by rules that each society generates and these in turn shape ideas about identity, morality, and humanity. These rules can be incredibly diverse, as well as constantly negotiated and changeable. Societies place positive and negative values on these rules and peoples’ behaviors, attaching ideas to actions or physical characteristics that make us (seem) dif... Read More

Olivia Remie Constable

The joy of teaching medieval Spanish history in Toledo, Spain, is that we can all lean out of the classroom windows (our class met in the tower of the converted 17th-century convent that houses the Notre Dame Toledo program) and I can say: “There, that’s what I’m talking about; that’s the kind of design in brick that is characteristic of mudejar architecture.” Or, in the afternoons, we can go exploring the medieval city, walk along the walls, and visit the gothic cathedral, or the synagogues, or the little gem of a mosque tucked just inside one of the cit... Read More

Denise Della Rossa

The Department of German and Russian is one of the smallest departments in the College of Arts and Letters in terms of both faculty and students. This allows us to function more like a department in a small liberal arts college where we get to know our students extremely well both academically and personally.

I particularly like my faculty position because it speaks to my strengths – teaching and mentoring students. I teach all levels of German language, literature, and culture. This, combined with my position as Director of Undergraduate Studies, allows me contact wi... Read More

Julia Douthwaite

As Assistant Provost for International Studies from 2003-09, I traveled frequently to Notre Dame study abroad locations around the world, but it was always with a sigh of pleasure that I returned to home and campus.

Wife of a prize-winning chef de cuisine who shares my passion for all things French, we live in a rambling historic house on the Saint Joseph River in downtown South Bend where we frequently entertain colleagues from ND and IUSB, friends from the community, and visitors from abroad. I systematically invite my classes over, and watch wit... Read More

Elizabeth F. Mazurek

I came to Notre Dame in 1990 as a junior professor in the Department of Classical and Oriental Languages as it was known then. Since that time, the department has evolved to become the Department of Classics, which includes Arabic studies; Chinese and Japanese split off in 1996 to form the Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures.

In 1990 the DeBartolo classroom building didn’t exist, faculty were allowed to park right next to the old football stadium, and final grades were recorded on paper forms and delivered by hand to the Registrar.

At times I fe... Read More

Susannah Monta

I have greatly enjoyed the fact that Notre Dame emphasizes and values undergraduate education so highly even as it strives to become a top-tier research university. I feel that my undergraduate teaching is truly valued here.

Graduate students are well-supported, which means that ND can compete successfully for strong students who also fit well with faculty research interests and priorities. The possibilities for extracurricular instructional enhancement (through performances at the DPAC, funding for trips from various institutes, etc.) are great.Read More

Marisel Moreno

Given that I was born and raised in San Juan, Puerto Rico, I could have never imagined that I would end up working and raising my family in South Bend, Indiana. But ten years living and teaching at the University of Notre Dame have transformed this place into my adoptive home.

Notre Dame’s sense of community, its family-oriented character, and its Catholic identity have all been central to my personal and professional growth as well as to that of my family. Teaching at Notre Dame has been an enlightening and empowering experience. Although 2007-2008 was my first year ... Read More

Darcia Narvaez

I am very appreciative of Notre Dame on many fronts. Here are a few.

I appreciate how Notre Dame fosters intellectuals, more so than do many other places. For example, Notre Dame generally offers faculty a great deal of support for developing their scholarship, from summer research support to student-faculty team support. I have benefited from these types of supports, and they have led to publications.

Moreover, Notre Dame has a generous leave policy which is particularly helpful for writing books. These policies help Notre Dame in its quest to enter the higher r... Read More

Alison Rice

I was drawn to a career in academia because of a strong desire to teach, and Notre Dame provides such a wonderful atmosphere for optimizing the pedagogical experience that I have felt very fulfilled here.

I find that the classrooms in DeBartolo Hall are ideal for instruction, with large screens and sound systems, as well as access to the internet, television, and universal machines that can accommodate DVDs and videos from France. The Kaneb Center is an outstanding resource for teaching and learning; I have benefited immensely from interaction with specialists in the Center... Read More

Maura A. Ryan

Currently, I am taking my second turn at administration. From 2001-2004, I served as Associate Provost. For the first two years, my focus was faculty affairs. In my last year in the Provost’s Office, I took responsibility for undergraduate and international studies. These days, I am Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs and the Humanities in the College of Arts and Letters.

You might think that I am someone who never learns—and that would not be far off—but the truth is that I’ve found wonderful opportunities to flourish at Notre Dame, not only as a sch... Read More