Holly Rivers is the associate director of the Kellogg Institute for International Studies, where she develops and administers all undergraduate programs.

She is a member of Kellogg’s leadership team and previously served as the Institute’s assistant director. Since coming to the University of Notre Dame in 2002, she has designed a number of international programs for undergraduate students, as well as programs to prepare them for research in developing countries.

Rivers has taught the Moreau First Year Experience course since its inception in 2015. The program helps Notre Dame’s youngest students transition to college life by integrating their academic, co-curricular and residential experiences, relying on the five pillars of a Holy Cross education: mind, heart, zeal, family and hope.

She received the University of Notre Dame’s College of Arts and Letters Award of Appreciation in 2014, and the Dockweiler Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Advising in 2008.

She served from 1994 to 1996 as an English teacher with the Peace Corps in Gabon, where she collaborated with the Gabonese Ministry of Education to create the country’s first series of textbooks for middle and high school students learning English. She later helped develop the AmeriCorps program at Indiana University Kokomo and worked as a high school English teacher in North Carolina and Arizona.

She holds an MA in international affairs from Ohio University and a BA in English from Milligan College.

Other Accomplishments & Recognitions
  • 11th Arts and Letters Award of Appreciation (2014)
  • Dockweiler Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Advising in 2008