Presenter Bios

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:


Joachim Castellano

Joachim Castellano is an educator with extensive international experience and a specialist in Computer Assisted Language Learning (CALL) and media production. He earned a B.S. in Radio/Television/Film from Northwestern University and an M.A. in TESOL from Teachers College Columbia University. Since 2009 Joachim has taught at the university level in Japan, first at Kanda University of International Studies, and then at New York University School of Professional Studies Tokyo Center. He actively publishes and presents academic research in journals and conferences worldwide. Joachim’s career includes work for the Japan Exchange and Teaching (JET) Programme, Apple Computer, and the EdLab of Teachers College. In 2013, Joachim's work in technology and education was recognized when he was selected for the Apple Distinguished Educator award.


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.


James Creech

Dr. James Creech is an academic advisor in the First Year of Studies at the University of Notre Dame. He advises most of the first-year students in Notre Dame’s Glynn Family Honors Program and Hesburgh-Yusko Scholars Program. Dr. Creech also serves as an assistant director of the FYS Peer Advising Program, which pairs all first-year students with an upper-class mentor. Dr. Creech has a a B.A. in English and French from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and an M.A. and Ph.D. in English from Notre Dame.


Dean JoAnn DellaNeva

Professor DellaNeva specializes in Renaissance Literature, with a particular interest in Renaissance love poetry, Franco-Italian literary relations in the Renaissance, women writers of the Renaissance, literary imitation, and European Petrarchism. She is a two-time winner of the NEH Fellowship for College Teachers and received the 2004 Sixteenth-Century Studies and Conference Literature Prize. DellaNeva is a Fellow of the Nanovic Institute. She also received a Kaneb Award for Excellence in Undergraduate teaching and was named a Faculty Fellow of the Kaneb Center in 2002.

She has authored a book on the French poet Maurice Sceve (Song and Counter-Song: Sceve's Delie and Petrarch's Rime), and published articles on Renaissance poets and imitation theory in several journals. Her edition of Neo-Latin treatises on imitation, Ciceronian Controversies, was published in 2007 by Harvard University Press in its I Tatti series.

DellaNeva has also recently published a book on literary imitation entitled Unlikely Exemplars: Reading and Imitating Beyond the Italian Canon in French Renaissance Poetry (University of Delaware Press, 2009).

She was named Associate Dean for Undergraduate Studies in the College of Arts and Letters in 2010.


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.


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.


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.


Erin Lemrow

Dr. Erin Moira Lemrow is currently a faculty member at the rank of Assistant Professional Specialist who serves as an academic advisor in the College of the First Year of Studies at the University of Notre Dame.  She is also a concurrent teaching faculty member for the Institute for Latino Studies; Education, Schooling and Society; and Gender Studies as well as a guest lecturer with the Center for the Study of Languages and Cultures at Notre Dame.  Lemrow earned her Ph.D. and M.S. in Literacy, Culture and Language Education from Indiana University, Bloomington.  While at Indiana, Lemrow taught courses on Bi- and Multilingual Education; Foreign Language Methodology; Second Language Acquisition; Psycho-sociolinguistics; and Critical Literacy and Identity in Language Education.  Also at IU, Lemrow developed coursework for pre-service foreign language education teachers and was named a “master teacher” of French and foreign languages.  She also taught French language and culture while at IU as well as served as the National Title VI Area Studies Centers’ Internationalizing K-12 Education Consultant and Teacher Workshop Coordinator. Lemrow earned her B.A. from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor with specializations in Anthropology and Francophone Studies. She has taught post-colonialism in the Caribbean at Butler University, Indianapolis; has supervised ENL teacher candidates for Indiana University, South Bend; and will teach a course on cultural immersion and diversity for Holy Cross College this fall. Dr. Lemrow’s research interests include: the intersections of Language, Literacy and Identity, Créolization Theory, Multiraciality in Higher Education, Translingualism as it pertains to teaching and learning in Higher Education, the role of Technology-assisted Identity formation of First Year students, and Critical Multiculturalism in Higher Education.  Dr. Lemrow has presented papers on these topics at the renowned Ethnography Forum in Education at the Graduate School of Education, University of Pennsylvania; Indiana University; and the Let’s Talk conference at the University of Notre Dame. In 2016, she was selected as a participant in the AERA’s (American Educational Research Association) Division G (Social Contexts of Education) Early Career Scholars Mentorship Program. Dr. Lemrow’s current research projects include an examination of first year students’ attitudes toward linguistic diversity through elective learning courses and cultivating cultural competency with first year students using e-Portfolio platforms.


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.


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.


Robinson Murphy

Robinson Murphy completed his PhD in English from Notre Dame last month. His essays on gender and sexuality have appeared in the fortieth-anniversary issue of Frontiers: A Journal of Women’s Studies, and Irish Studies Review. At Notre Dame Robin has taught in the "Introduction to Gender Studies" program, and this past spring taught a course called, "Writing Race, Gender and Sexuality." This fall he will be sticking around Notre Dame as an instructor in the University Writing Program.


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. 


Eric Oglesbee

Dr. Eric N. Oglesbee currently serves as the Director of Development for the Montessori Consortium of the Great Lakes at Good Shepherd Montessori School. Prior to this, Dr. Oglesbee founded the TESOL program at Bethel College (Indiana) and was its director from 2008 to 2015. As a tenured Associate Professor of Linguistics, he taught courses in linguistics, second language acquisition, mathematics, and English composition.


Kara Palmer

Kara Palmer joined the University in April of 2008 in the Office of Human Resources and had the opportunity to work both in Compensation and as an HR Consultant. In March, 2016, Kara joined the most recent cohort of the Leadership Rotation Program which is designed to develop individuals to take on leadership responsibilities in the University. In her first of three six-month assignments, Kara is working closely with Laura Carlson, the Vice President and Associate Provost and Dean of the Graduate School, on a couple of key projects regarding graduate career placement. 


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.


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.


Tracy Skibins

Sergeant, Crime Prevention and Outreach

  • Responsible for training faculty,staff and students on prevention, awareness and response to active shooter situations. This includes classroom, and often practical exercises with role players, and etc.
  • Speaking with students about general, and often specific safety concerns.
  • Speaking with international students about US Laws and safety.
  • Serving second year as a member of the Notre Dame CSAP Committee (Committee for Sexual Assault Prevention).
  • Certified RAD (Rape Aggression Defense) instructor.
  • Dignitary Protection and Threat Assessment.


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.   


Yeonhee Yoon

Dr. Yoon is a Korean Linguist whose specialization is Sociopragmatics and general Korean Linguistics. She has taught all levels of Korean including Korean Language, Culture & Society, Media Research, and Business Korean at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, University of Hawai‘i at Manoa, and Harvard University before she joined our department. Her teaching strengths include use of a variety of multimedia, experience in educating students in content-based and task-based language teaching methodologies, and familiarity with the ACTFL and ILR scales. She has recently developed course curricula for Korean Society & Popular Culture and Exploring Korean Culture and History Through Films. Her current research interests include Intercultural Pragmatics, Korean Popular Culture and Migration, and Korean for Specific Purpose. Her dissertation is entitled “An Analysis of Selected Korean Hedges in Spoken Discourse: Sociopragmatic and Pragmalinguistic Perspectives”. Her recent publications include “An intercultural Communication Approach to Teaching Business Korean: A Case Study of a Mock Negotiation”, Global Business Languages Vol.17, Purdue University (2012), “Korean society” (Book Chapter) in “Essentials of Korean Culture”, Korea University Press (2013), and “Curriculum Development of Korean Language for Diplomacy” in J.D. Brown (Ed.), University of Hawai’I at Manoa (forthcoming).