Alyssia Coates

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Alyssia J. Coates, Ph.D.

Director, Office of Admissions Outreach and Engagement Recruiting

202 Brownson Hall




Enrollment Division, University of Notre Dame



Ph.D. (Leadership), Andrews University  2010

Ed.S. (Educational Leadership), Eastern Michigan University  2003

M.A.  (Education and Counseling), Binghamton University  1992

B.A. (Rhetoric and Literature), Binghamton University  1990


Research interests

Change and Transformational Leadership

Social and Cultural Capital in Education

Barriers to Student Success

Educational Resilience



Alyssia Coates currently serves as the director of the Office of Admissions Outreach and Engagement Recruitment in the Enrollment Division at the University of Notre Dame.  In this capacity she is developing a national early outreach model to establish a Notre Dame presence across the United States to identify and recruit 7th-9th grades students and cultivate a pipeline of highly talented students.  Alyssia is an assistant professional specialist in the First Year of Studies and teaches Personal Leadership Development and also teaches Core Conditioning and Strengthening for the Office of Recreational Sports.

Alyssia’s administrative experience includes service for over 10 years of success in strategic planning; grant management and organizational leadership as director of Notre Dame’s Trio Programs -- educational opportunity outreach programs designed to motivate and support underrepresented students to successfully enroll into higher education institutions.

Alyssia is an advocate for education and presents annually at national and regional conferences, community churches and organizations focusing on professional leadership development and student success. She is actively involved in the South Bend community and serves on the boards of Heroes Camp, La Casa De Amistad, Rebuilding Together, Trio Programs and Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.

A graduate of Binghamton University with a bachelor’s in Rhetoric & Literature and a Master’s in Education and Counseling.  Alyssia earned her specialist in Educational Leadership at Eastern Michigan University and her doctorate in Organizational Leadership at Andrews University.