Denise A. Ayo
Ph.D. in English with a Minor in Irish Studies, University of Notre Dame
M.A. in English, University of Notre Dame
B.A. in English and Plan II, University of Texas at Austin
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 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: www.marycolum.com.