I love teaching and working with students at the University. I think that I have one of the best jobs in the world as I get to travel and see schools, I get to experience great teaching, and I get to help young people think about who they would like to be. In short, I’m thankful everyday for the work I have and the place I get to do it. This website is designed to help others find out a bit more about me and the work I’ve been doing.
Brian S Collier, Ph.D.
I have the good fortune e of teaching at the University of Notre Dame hin tet Institute for Educational Initiaives and at the Alliance for Catholic Educatio tn (ACE) program in general. I train Social Studies teachers and fly around the country to see teachers working in our partner schools all over the United States. I also get to teach in the Education, Scholing, & Society Program, the American Studies program, the History Department, the Center for Social Concerns, and am also concurrent faculty in Environmental Studies, Peace Studies, Africana Studies, and from time to time get to help out in other programs and departments too. I work with some of the smartest and best meaning people in the world. I always think that Notre Dame, while not perfect, is one of the best examples of hope and excellence anywhere in the world. I will be first to criticize her and also first to defend her any time.
I started my teaching career by accident. I was supposed to be a dorm parent at St. Catherine Indian School in Santa Fe, New Mexico, but thanks to an influx of juniors (who were known to be a handful that year - 1995-1996) they asked me to take a section of US History (Sr. Patrick Marie Dempsey gave me this opportunity and she along with those students changed my life forever). It turns out being a white guy from Indiana all of a sudden having Columbus as your first lesson in your history book at an Indian school the next day sets you up for a life time of learning from the people you're supposed to teach.