Deb

Deb Rotman, Paul & Maureen Stefanick Faculty Director

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 here.
Thibert

Jeffrey Thibert, Assistant Director of National Fellowships

Dr. Thibert joined the CUSE team in July 2013. His primary roles are to engage in outreach among Notre Dame faculty, staff, students, and alumni to identify promising candidates for national fellowships like the Rhodes, Truman, 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 will be teaching in the College Seminar and conducting research on comparative religious and moral 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 and two dogs.

View Dr. Thibert's curriculum vita here.

Darlene

Darlene Hampton, Assistant Director of Undergraduate Research

Dr. Hampton became the Assistant Director of CUSE in September of 2012. In addition to her work mentoring and advising Notre Dame students involved in undergraduate research, she is now teaching a course in the Film, Television, and Theater Department. Her research focuses on the ways that many fans use media objects, such as cult television shows and video games,in ways that perform negotiations of gender norms in online fan communities. As an undergraduate, she studied Theater Arts at Brigham Young University in both Idaho and Utah and ultimately earned her Ph.D. in English Literature and Film from the University of Oregon(2010).

View Dr. Hampton's curriculum vita here.

Christen

Christen Klute, Assistant Director of Marketing
& Student Programs

Christen became a part of the CUSE team in November of 2011. She handles all marketing for the department, including social media, advises the CUSE-sponsored honor group, the Sorin Scholars, plans all department events, and designs and maintains the department's websites. Christen earned her BA at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, MI.
Dawn

Dawn Hopkins, Graduate Research Fellow


Dawn Hopkins recently joined the CUSE team in January 2013 as Graduate Research Fellow working with students in the Colleges of Science, Engineering, and Business.  Her dissertation research examines the genetic factors that control hematopoietic progenitor fate in the Drosophila model system.  During her time at the University of Notre Dame, she has been a graduate teaching assistant for both Cell Biology and Physiology Laboratories.  She has also been engaged in many Kaneb Center programs to hone her pedagogical and mentoring practices.   Dawn’s undergraduate degree was earned from the University of Dayton (2000) and her Master of Science was completed at Oregon State University (2003).  She hopes to complete her doctorate during this calendar year, and pursue a career in science education incorporating research and inquiry-based learning.
Caroline

Caroline Wilky, Graduate Research Fellow


Caroline Wilky joined CUSE as a Graduate Research Fellow in January 2013. She mentors undergraduate researchers in the College of Arts & Letters and the School of Architecture, leads workshops for undergraduates on beginning, funding, and disseminating original research, and helps CUSE develop initiatives to support undergraduate research. A Ph.D. candidate in the Department of History at Notre Dame, Caroline’s research explores conceptions of nature in medieval historical thought. Her dissertation examines thirteenth-century chroniclers who, by incorporating plants, animals, and stones into accounts of human history, imagined history writing as a textual imitation of God’s own act of creation. Prior to coming to Notre Dame, she earned a B.A. in History at the University of Texas at Austin where she completed an honors thesis on the reception of Augustine’s Confessions in the Middle Ages.
Amy

Amy Minnick, Administrative Assistant


Amy Minnick joined the CUSE staff in February 2014, in the role of Administrative Assistant, working closely with both the Fellowships and Undergraduate Research teams. Amy’s career has included stints with the Western Reserve Historical Society in Cleveland, Ohio and the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C. Amy has been with the University of Notre Dame since 2010 in an on-call/temporary capacity. In addition to her work with CUSE, Amy is an usher at Notre Dame Stadium. Amy is a native of Ohio and earned her B.A. in American Studies at Kent State University in Kent, Ohio.
Kati

Kathleen Schuler, Staff Assistant


Kathleen joined the CUSE team in August of 2013 as the Staff Assistant. She manages the front desk and provides support to other CUSE team members. 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. Kathleen's many interests include photography, travel, and writing.
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