Deb Rotman, Paul & Maureen Stefanick Faculty Director (on leave)

Dr Deb Rotman

Dr. Rotman became the Director of CUSE in August 2011. She joined the Notre Dame faculty in 2006 as Director of Undergraduate Studies for the Department of Anthropology. Her research involves the historical and archaeological investigation of a nineteenth-century Irish immigrant enclave on Beaver Island in Lake Michigan. Each year, she takes students with her to Ireland to assist with archival research and oral history collection, both for her own research as well as their senior theses and other individual projects. Her undergraduate degree was earned from Grand Valley State University (1993). She completed her Master's at Western Michigan University (1995) and her Ph.D. at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst (2001).

In 2011, Dr. Rotman was awarded the prestigious Rev. Edmund P. Joyce, C.S.C. Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching. Established in 2007, the Joyce Award annually recognizes faculty members who have a profound influence on undergraduate students through sustained exemplary teaching. Professor Rotman teaches in the Department of Anthropology. Her courses are frequently cross-listed with Irish Studies and Gender Studies.

View Dr. Rotman's Curriculum Vita.

Jeffrey Thibert, Associate Director, Acting Director

Dr Jeffrey Thibert

Dr. Thibert joined the CUSE team in July 2013. As Associate Director, his primary roles are to assist the Director with CUSE administrative matters, engage in outreach among Notre Dame faculty, staff, students, and alumni to identify promising candidates for national fellowships like the Rhodes, Beinecke, and Goldwater Scholarships; help these candidates discern which opportunities fit best with their interests and goals; and advise them throughout all stages of the application process. His goal is to ensure that the reflection and preparation that goes into the fellowship process has value for applicants, whether or not they win the awards.

Aside from his fellowships work, Dr. Thibert teaches a course on pluralism in the College Seminar and studies issues connected to religious diversity, flourishing, and education. After his undergraduate work in Cognitive Science at Carnegie Mellon University, he earned a M.A. in Religious Studies from the University of South Florida and a Ph.D. in Educational Policy Studies from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. When not working, his favorite activity is taking long walks with his wife, son, and two dogs.

View Dr. Thibert's Curriculum Vita (PDF)

To discuss national fellowships, make an appointment with Dr. Thibert. 

Yvonne Mikuljan, Assistant Director of Undergraduate Research

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  • Spring 2017 Office Hours // Monday: 2:30 - 4:30 and Thursday: 2:30 - 4:30, and by appointment (via email)

Dr Yvonne Mikuljan

Dr. Mikuljan joined the CUSE team in October 2015.  As Assistant Director of Undergraduate Research, she works with students on multiple aspects of undergraduate research, including: getting started in research; identifying research opportunities; applying for research grants; and sharing research with others through conference presentations and journal publications.  After earning a B.A. in Literature & Writing from California State University, San Marcos, Dr. Mikuljan went on to earn a Ph.D. in Literature from the University of Notre Dame.

View Dr. Mikuljan's Curriculum Vitae (PDF)

To discuss undergraduate research, make an appointment  with Dr. Mikuljan. 

Zoë Gioja, National Fellowships Coordinator


Zoë Gioja joined the CUSE team in March 2016. As National Fellowships Coordinator, Zoë advises students applying for Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship (ETA) grants, as well as first-year and sophomore students who are interested in pursuing competitive national fellowships. Before coming to Notre Dame, Zoë spent a year in South Korea as a Fulbright English Teaching Assistant. She is a native of Austin, Texas, and earned a B.A. in History from Smith College (2013).

To discuss national fellowships, make an appointment with Zoë Gioja

Kathleen Schuler, Administrative Coordinator

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  • Spring 2017  Office Hours //  Tuesday: 2:30 - 4:30 and Thursday: 10:00 - 12:00

Kati Schuler

Kathleen joined the CUSE team in August of 2013 as the Staff Assistant, and began work as the Administrative Coordinator in August 2015. She manages the front desk and office finances, provides support to students participating in grants, assists with office marketing and communications, and coordinates office data initiatives . A native of Illinois, Kathleen earned her Bachelor of Arts in Public Relations from Illinois State University (2009). Before coming to Notre Dame, Kathleen worked at both Illinois State University and the University of Illinois at Chicago. 

To discuss budgeting for undergraduate research grants, make an appointment with Kati Schuler. 


Johnjo Shanley, Graduate Research Fellow

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  • Spring 2017 Office Hours // Wednesday: 2:30 - 4:30, Thursday: 2:30 - 4:30, and Friday: 1:30 - 3:30


Johnjo joined the CUSE team in February 2016 as a Graduate Research Fellow. He assists undergraduate students intending to pursue research opportunities, from planning through until presentation. He is a Ph.D. Candidate at Notre Dame where he specializes in colonial American history, writing a dissertation on political culture in eighteenth-century Maryland. Before coming to Notre Dame in 2010, Johnjo earned undergraduate and master's degrees from the University of Edinburgh (Scotland) in History.

To discuss undergraduate research, make an appointment  with Johnjo Shanley.