Notre Dame Names Global Gateway Directors

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(left to right) JoAnn DellaNeva and Heather Hyde Minor (left to right) JoAnn DellaNeva and Heather Hyde Minor

The University of Notre Dame has appointed academic directors for its London and Rome Global Gateways. JoAnn DellaNeva and Heather Hyde Minor will serve two-year terms and have full academic oversight at the London and Rome locations.

DellaNeva succeeds Roger Alford, who will will be on leave for the 2017-2018 academic year to serve as deputy assistant attorney general for the U.S. Department of Justice's antitrust division, according to the university. She has previously taught undergraduate classes at the London Global Gateway and her husband, Thomas Flint, will teach as a faculty fellow in London during her term.

"JoAnn’s experience teaching at the London Global Gateway enables her to know what makes an excellent academic program for our undergraduates," said Michael Pippenger, vice president and associate provost for internationalization at Notre Dame. “Her scholarship will help foster new research partnerships with universities in London and the U.K., and will encourage other faculty members to develop strategic collaborations that enrich the academic community for our students, faculty and alumni."

Minor will succeed Theodore Cachey, professor of Italian and director of William and Katherine Devers Program in Dante Studies, who is returning to the South Bend campus this fall. In 2016, she received the Rome Global Gateway Research Award for the research she conducted during the previous academic year.

"Heather is perfectly situated to identify new academic partnerships with Italian universities and strengthen existing ones in ways that advance Notre Dame’s internationalization goals for students, faculty and alumni," said Pippenger. “Heather’s appointment also comes at an exciting time for the gateway. This fall we will open the renovated villa as a residence hall for Notre Dame students, and the School of Architecture is preparing to celebrate 50 years of teaching students architecture in Rome.”  

Notre Dame’s Global Gateways provide “academic and intellectual hubs” for students, scholars, and others. The university also has Global Gateways in Beijing, Dublin and Jerusalem. 

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