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 A. Ayo received her Ph.D. in English with a minor in Irish Studies at the University of Notre Dame. As Associate Director, she is responsible for the management and development of the majority of the Center for the Study of Languages and Cultures' (CSLC) signature programs and events:

  • Summer Language Abroad (SLA) Grant
  • Fulbright Foreign Language Teaching Assistants (FLTA) Program
  • Language Proficiency Testing
  • Less Commonly Taught Languages (LCTL) Program 
  • TESOL Minor
  • Linguistics Minor
  • Let’s Talk Annual Conference

For these program and events, she executes annual goals; oversees staff; seeks internal and external funding and cost-share opportunities; develops and manages operating budgets and procedures; anticipates and solves problems; improves processes and monitors progress; evaluates and reports results; and liaises with students, staff, faculty, and executive leadership from various colleges and campus units across the University. She also serves as Director of Undergraduate Studies (DUS) for the TESOL Minor and Linguistics Minor.

Dr. Ayo supervises, trains, and guides the professional development of CSLC team members and is frequently called upon to lead or co-lead new initiatives. In addition, she researches and applies for funding, resources, peer-reviewed publications, and other opportunities that benefit the CSLC's goals and works closely with relevant faculty and staff to see these new endeavors to fruition.

In Spring 2016, she served as Acting Director.

She 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:

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