Essaka Joshua

Essaka Joshua

Associate Dean for Undergraduate Studies, Joseph Morahan Director of the College Seminar


Associate Dean Essaka Joshua is the Director of the Office for Undergraduate Studies and oversees the work of the assistant deans. She monitors all Arts and Letters undergraduate degree programs, including College-wide undergraduate programs not housed in a department (such as Glynn Family Honors) and those offered in affiliated centers, programs, and institutes; she helps to coordinate and develop inter-collegiate programs and supervises supplemental majors, interdisciplinary minors, and area studies minors.

Essaka chairs the Undergraduate Studies Committee, which reviews faculty proposals for departmental and interdisciplinary minors as well as general undergraduate matters. She works with departments on College-wide requirements and initiatives that include thesis writing, undergraduate research, writing intensive requirements, honors tracks, and both the University and College Seminars.

Her duties also include overseeing the selection of faculty teaching awards in the College, monitoring enrollment issues, handling appeals in Honor Code violation cases, and helping to coordinate and plan the collegiate portion of University events such as First Year Welcome Weekend and admissions recruitment visitations. She oversees two faculty funding initiatives: Table Talk and Teaching Beyond the Classroom. Essaka serves as liaison to a number of University units including the Office of the Registrar, the Office of Student Affairs, Notre Dame International Studies, the Center for Career Development, the Center for Social Concerns, the First Year of Studies, the Kaneb Center for Teaching and Learning, the Office of Undergraduate Admissions and the other Colleges in the University.

She is also a teaching professor in the Department of English and the Joseph Morahan Director of the College Seminar. Read more about her research here