John Staud


Contact Information

staud6 John Staud
Executive Director, ACE
317 Visitation Hall


Education/Alliance for Catholic Education


Ph.D. in English - University of Michigan, 1992
M.A. English - University of MIchigan, 1992
B.A. English - University of Notre Dame, 1987
B.S. Chemical Engineering, University of Notre Dame, 1987

Research interests

- Catholic schools in American history and culture
- The role of community in the formation of teachers
- Models of teacher recruitment and formation


Rev. WIlliam A. Toohey, csc Award for Social Justice, Univ. of Notre Dame, 2010
Joyce Award for Excellence in Teaching, Univ. of Notre Dame, 2009
Kaneb Teaching Award, Dept. of English, Univ. of Notre Dame, 2005
Raymond T. Grant, SJ, Educator of the Year, St. Ignatius College Prep, 1994
Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award, Univ. of Michigan, 1991
Mellon Fellowship in the Humanities, Woodrow Wilson Foundation, 1987-92

Select publications

To Nurture the Soul of a Nation: Latino Families, Catholic Schools, and Educational Opportunity (Co-author, ACE Press, 2009)
  The Carnegie Conversation on Catholic Education
Editor, monograph (ACE Press, 2008)
Making God Known, Loved, and Served: The Future of Catholic Primary and Secondary Schools in the United States
Principal author and editor of the final report of the Notre Dame Task Force on Catholic Education
Building Communities of Faith, Hope, and Love
Recruiting and Retaining Teachers
Two chapters in Alternative Teacher Education: Notre Dame’s Alliance for Catholic Education (Univ. of Notre Dame Press, 2002)
What's in a Name?  The Pequod and Melville's Heretical Politics
  ESQ: A Journal of the American Renaissance, 39 (4) (1992)
Awarded the "Merton J. Sealts Jr. Prize" for best essay of the year.
  Moby-Dick and Melville's Vexed Romanticism
  ATQ: Nineteenth-Century American Literature and Culture, 6 (4) 1992


John Staud currently serves as Executive Director of the University of Notre Dame’s ACE program.  He did his undergraduate work at Notre Dame, graduating in 1987 magna cum laude with degrees in Chemical Engineering and English.  Awarded a Mellon Fellowship in the Humanities, Staud completed his doctorate in English in 1992 at the University of Michigan, where he specialized in American Literature.  His scholarly activity has focused on the writings of Herman Melville, and prior to returning to Notre Dame, he taught British and American literature as an adjunct professor at Loyola University Chicago and at Jesuit high schools in Chicago and Denver.
In 1996, he returned to Notre Dame to join the leadership team of Notre Dame’s ACE program and to teach in the English department, where he continues to teach courses in American literature.  For over a decade his work with ACE has focused especially on the recruitment, selection, placement, and formation of teachers in under-resourced Catholic schools in over 30 cities across the United States.  More recently, he has assumed responsibility for helping to lead the pastoral formation and administrative areas of ACE's growing number of initiatives.  A Fellow of the Institute for Educational Initiatives, Staud served as principal author of the final report of the Notre Dame Task Force on Catholic Education and as co-author of To Nurture the Soul of a Nation: Latino Families, Catholic Schools, and Educational Opportunity.