JoAnn DellaNeva, a professor of French in the Department of Romance Languages and Literatures, has been appointed academic director of the University of Notre Dame’s London Global Gateway by Michael Pippenger, vice president and associate provost for internationalization.
During her two-year term, DellaNeva will hold full academic oversight of the Gateway, including the London undergraduate program and efforts to enhance the University’s research profile in London and beyond. DellaNeva succeeds Roger Alford, associate dean and professor of law.
A specialist in comparative literature, DellaNeva is working on projects that focus on early modern perceptions of the reign of England's King Henry VIII in French and Italian literature. Her interest in this subject stems from her previous teaching experience at the London Global Gateway, where she developed courses that blend her expertise in continental literature and her interest in Tudor history.
“JoAnn’s experience teaching at the London Global Gateway enables her to know what makes an excellent academic program for our undergraduates,” Pippenger said when announcing the appointment. “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. Her leadership and our collective continued engagement in London can only enhance our presence in the U.K.”
Through Notre Dame International, the University also maintains Global Gateways in Beijing, Dublin, Jerusalem, and Rome, where another faculty member from the Department of Romance Languages and Literatures has played a vital role.
Theodore J. Cachey Jr., Ravarino Family Professor of Italian and director of the William and Katherine Devers Program in Dante Studies, recently completed his term as the inaugural academic director of the University’s Rome Global Gateway. He was succeeded by Heather Hyde Minor, a professor of art history, who began her term in August.
In his three years at the Rome Global Gateway, Cachey fostered important collaborations with universities, academies, and institutes of higher education such as the American Academy in Rome, the University of Rome Sapienza, the University of Roma Tre, and the Pontifical Gregorian University, said Warren von Eschenbach, associate vice president and assistant provost for internationalization at Notre Dame.
“He also created and implemented several outstanding, model programs to support international research and education, including the Rome Seminar and the Rome International Scholars Program,” von Eschenbach said of Cachey. “His excellence in enhancing the reputation of Notre Dame in Rome, and throughout Italy, is recognized by all.”
For more information about Notre Dame’s Global Gateways, visit international.nd.edu.