Paulsen and Perrin named concurrent faculty in Keough School

Author: Luis Ruuska

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Two team leaders at the Notre Dame Initiative for Global Development (NDIGD) have received concurrent faculty appointments within the University of Notre Dame’s Keough School of Global Affairs

Melissa Paulsen, associate director of education and training programs, has been appointed concurrent assistant professor of the practice. Paul Perrin, monitoring and evaluation director, has been appointed concurrent associate professor of the practice. They will both join the faculty on July 1, 2017.

Perrin will teach the undergraduate course Introduction to International Development Studies in fall 2018, while Paulsen will teach courses related to global business or social entrepreneurship in the future. Additionally, the concurrent appointments enable both to engage with research initiatives, mentor students, and serve on committees within the Keough School.

Prior to joining NDIGD in 2016, Paulsen was an assistant director at the Gigot Center for Entrepreneurship in the Mendoza College of Business. She directed the center’s social entrepreneurship program and was concurrent assistant professional faculty in the undergraduate and graduate programs. Recent courses taught include Social Innovation, Social Entrepreneurship, Social Enterprise Consulting, Microventure Consulting, and Entrepreneurship in Developing Countries. Paulsen holds a master’s in nonprofit administration from the University of Notre Dame and a bachelor’s in English and philosophy from Assumption College. 

Prior to joining NDIGD in 2017, Perrin served as the director for monitoring, evaluation, accountability, and learning at Catholic Relief Services (CRS). He has also worked as a senior technical advisor for health research and evaluation at CRS and an information officer at the U.S. Agency for International Development’s (USAID) Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance. Perrin holds a Ph.D. in international health from Johns Hopkins University with a certificate in humanitarian assistance, and a master’s in public health, as well as a bachelor’s in linguistics, both from Brigham Young University.

Perrin was also recently appointed a concurrent associate professional specialist in the Eck Institute for Global Health. He will teach the Global Health Project Management course this fall.

The Keough School of Global Affairs, founded in 2014 as Notre Dame’s first new degree-granting school or college in nearly 100 years, will welcome 38 students from 21 countries in the new Master of Global Affairs this fall. 

The Notre Dame Initiative for Global Development — an integral part of the Keough School of Global Affairs at the University of Notre Dame — promotes human development and dignity among people worldwide through applied innovations, impact evaluation, education and training that help build just and equitable societies.

Contact: Luis Ruuska, communications specialist, Notre Dame Initiative for Global Development,