Leonor L. Wangensteen ND '03, '09MA
Faculty Rank: Associate Professional Specialist
Leonor Wangensteen is an academic advisor in the University of Notre Dame’s First Year of Studies (FYS) and holds the rank of associate advising faculty. With a special focus on engineering intents, she also supports student exploration of academic interests across all undergraduate majors and programs.
Wangensteen is particularly interested in issues of diversity, inclusivity, and equality in higher education, and serves as Director of FYS Undocumented Student Initiatives. The foci of her scholarship involve advising methodology and constructing academic opportunities for underrepresented and vulnerable student populations. She has published several articles and given numerous presentations in national conferences, campus faculty workshops, and other trainings.
Wangensteen received her B.A. in Spanish literature and fine arts (2003) and M.A. in Iberian and Latin American studies (2009) from Notre Dame. Fluent in Spanish and possessing a reading knowledge of Italian, she was a special projects and editor assistant for Notre Dame’s Kellogg Institute for International Studies prior to her appointment in FYS. Much of her work at the Kellogg involved Spanish translation and correspondence.
An adjunct faculty member in the University’s Department of Romance Languages and Literatures from 2008 to 2012, Wangensteen taught beginning and intermediate Spanish courses and was involved in community-based learning initiatives.