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Director of Teaching Excellence at Notre Dame Learning | Kaneb Center

Kristi Rudenga

Kristi Rudenga is Director of Teaching Excellence at Notre Dame Learning | Kaneb Center as well as Associate Teaching Professor, with a concurrent appointment in Psychology. 

She helps faculty members, graduate students, and postdoctoral scholars to develop and grow as teachers. She consults with instructors on pedagogical approaches, facilitates seminar series and workshops on teaching and mentoring, and manages other programming aimed at improving teaching at Notre Dame.  

Kristi teaches “Food and the Brain”, a literature-based neuroscience course, as well as “Pedagogy and Practice in the College Classroom,” a 3-credit graduate course on teaching. Her current research focuses on effective mentoring and on impostor phenomena.

Kristi is an elected member of the Core Committee of the POD Network, the national organization supporting educational development. Before coming to Notre Dame, Kristi was Associate Director and Science Education Specialist at the Yale Teaching Center.  She earned her Ph.D. in Neuroscience from Yale University, studying central brain representation of taste and food reward.