Maureen Gillespie Dawson
Assistant Dean for Cultural Competency and Engagement
Faculty Rank: Associate Professional Specialist
Maureen Gillespie Dawson is assistant dean for cultural competency and student engagement in the University of Notre Dame’s First Year of Studies (FYS) and holds the rank of associate professional specialist. Among other responsibilities, she has led FYS, in collaboration with the Division of Student Affairs, in the design and implementation of the Moreau First Year Experience, a new two-semester, graded orientation course required of all first-year undergraduates.
Prior to returning to Notre Dame to accept the appointment as assistant dean—Dawson had previously been an academic advisor and director of special projects in FYS—she was assistant dean for advising in the College of Arts and Sciences at Creighton University.
Dawson holds a B.S. in biology from Rutgers University, an M.A. in French from Middlebury College, and a Ph.D. in French literature from New York University. As a faculty member in the Department of French and Italian at the University of Kansas, she coordinated the French language program and also served terms as faculty director of an exchange program with Université de Franche-Comté and as faculty co-director of the University of Kansas Summer Language Institute in Paris. In addition to the University of Kansas, she has taught French at New York University, Fashion Institute of Technology, Smith College, Notre Dame, Indiana University South Bend, and Creighton University.
With a wide range of experience as a faculty member and administrator, Dawson has been recognized with awards for both her advising (Creighton) and teaching (Kansas).