Director: Brian S. Collier
Brian S Collier is currently Director of the American Indian Catholic Schools Network (AICSN) and Coordinator of Supervision for the Alliance for Catholic Education (ACE) at the University of Notre Dame. Prior to coming to work for ACE Collier was an Assistant Professor of History at Northern Arizona University. Collier's academic work focuses on Native Education, an interest that started when he was a teacher and dorm parent at St. Catherine Indian School in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Collier currently has a manuscript on Catholic Native education under review at the University of Nebraska Press. Collier has published on American Indian Running (including a piece about Steve Gachupin and Jemez Pueblo), Native people at Notre Dame, American history, and the Harlem Globetrotters. He is also a founding member and long-time former chair of the Committee on Teaching and Public Education for the Western History Association.
Collier holds degrees from Loyola University Chicago (B.A. History with an emphasis in Women's studies, Philosophy, and Theology), Colorado State University (M.A. History with an emphasis in literature of the American West and Environmental History), and Arizona State University (Ph.D. with an emphasis in American Indian History, the American West, Gender History, and Education). Collier regularly teaches undergraduate courses on the History of Education in America, American Indian History, American Indian Education, and a new course entitled: God, Country, and Notre Dame - The Story of America told through one Catholic University. Collier teaches graduate courses with the Alliance for Catholic Education that include: Curriculum and Instruction, Active Teaching Methods, Assessment, Educational Psychology, and a History of Education course that is inclusive of race, class, and gender dynamics in schools.
Associate Director: Will Newkirk '14 M.Ed.
Will Newkirk serves as the Associate Director of the American Indian Catholic Schools Network. Prior to his current position, he served as the Assistant Director at the University of Notre Dame's Institute for Educational Initiatives, where he also worked on the pastoral team for the Alliance for Catholic Education (ACE) Teaching Fellows program. Will received his bachelor's in Political Science from Saint John's University in Collegeville, Minnesota in 2012. From 2012 to 2014, he was a member of ACE Teaching Fellows, in which he taught third grade at Saint Catherine School in Tulsa, Oklahoma, and earned an M.Ed. from Notre Dame. While teaching for three years at Saint Catherine, he also served as the school's athletic director.
Associate Director: Maria Murphy '15, '17 M.Ed.
Maria Murphy serves as Associate Director for the American Indian Catholic School Network. She also works to strengthen ACE's Program for Educational Access and ACE Advocates. Murphy earned her Master of Education degree from the University of Notre Dame in 2017 through ACE Teaching Fellows, while teaching middle school social studies at Bishop Garriga Middle Preparatory School in Corpus Christi, Texas. She graduated from Notre Dame in 2015 with her B.A. in political science and is originally from South Bend, Indiana.