Office of the Dean


R. Scott Appleby, the Marilyn Keough Dean of the Keough School of Global Affairs, leads the faculty and staff in setting the strategic direction for the new school and in fulfilling its mission and vision.

A graduate of Notre Dame, Appleby earned his master’s and doctoral degrees in history at the University of Chicago. He has been a member of the Notre Dame faculty since 1994. Appleby’s research and teaching have focused on religious and intellectual history, global religious movements, and international peace studies. He is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and of the American Academy of Political and Social Sciences.



Marilyn Keough Dean

R. Scott Appleby


Dean’s Administrator

Cindy Swonger


Associate Dean for Academic Affairs

Ted Beatty 


Associate Dean for Operations

Hal Culbertson


Associate Dean for Policy and Practice

Sara Sievers


Senior Administrative Assistant

María Elena Bessignano


Office Coordinator 

Tracy Rendall


Program Manager

Melinda Fountain


IT Solutions Consultant

Chris Jones


Audio Visual Professional

Tim Checkley 


Associate Director for Finance and Administration

Anne Bax


Grants Program Manager, Notre Dame Research

Maria Harding


Director of Communications and Marketing 

Ti Lavers


Senior Content Specialist 

Christine Cox


Senior Writer and Digital Program Manager

Renée LaReau


Senior Designer

Kevin Fye


Events Program Director

Anne Riordan


Academic Advancement Director

Jay McAllister


Global Advancement Coordinator

Taylor Rockafellow


Associate Director, Master’s Program

Michael Talbot


Associate Director, Undergraduate Programs

Denise Ayo


Student Services Coordinator

Hermalena Powell


Academic and Admissions Coordinator

Jody Ruszkowski


Program Manager, Integration Lab

Mark Stevens