Rev. Donald G. LaSalle, Jr., S.M.M.
Faculty Rank: Assistant Professional Specialist
Rev. Donald G. LaSalle, Jr., S.M.M., is an academic advisor in the University of Notre Dame’s First Year of Studies (FYS) and holds the rank of assistant professional specialist. He primarily advises students who plan to pursue a major in the College of Arts and Letters or the College of Science and is involved in campus initiatives designed to help students from underrepresented groups, including those who are the first in their families to attend college, adjust to university life.
Fr. LaSalle also serves as an assistant director of the FYS Peer Advising Program, which works with all 2,000+ Notre Dame first-year students by assigning each an upper-class mentor. These mentors are available to talk through decisions about majors, how to enhance study skills, and strategies for success at the college level.
A member of the Montfort Missionaries order of Catholic priests and brothers, Fr. LaSalle holds a B.A. in philosophy from Fordham University and two advanced degrees from The Catholic University of America: an M.A. in theology and a Ph.D. in systematic theology. His research interests are in liturgy and spirituality, and he is past president of the North American Academy of Liturgy.