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Dr. Stephen J. Cadwell

Popular Culture in Ireland

Dr. Cadwell holds BA degrees in Philosophy, French and History from University College Dublin as well as a Ph.D. in Philosophy from the same institution. He has also completed post-doctoral research at the University of Limerick. Dr. Cadwell has over 13 years of teaching experience, 3 of which are specific to North American students in the study abroad context. He has taught Popular Culture in Ireland at the CEA Study Center for a number of year. Highlights from Dr. Cadwell’s Pop Culture course are lectures on Cultural Nationalism in painting, where students learn definitions and concepts involved in Cultural Nationalism. Students examine paintings from Norway, France, and the United States and also paintings from the Irish National Gallery collection. These are used to prompt students to engage with what they are seeing, not in terms of art criticism but in terms of narratives of national identity. Dr. Cadwell is known for engaging students in lively class discussions and his innovative walking tours of Dublin.

Damien Kelly

International Marketing

Damien holds a Bachelor of Arts in English and Irish from Maynooth University. He also holds a Master’s in Business Management from Dublin City University. Prior to his role at CEA Dublin, Damien worked as a Relationship Manager in Commercial Finance for Allied Irish Banks. He also spent a year in Perth, Australia as a Team Leader for Sales & Marketing Consultancy, Appco. In 2016, he became Assistant Director at CEA Study Abroad and the International School of Business Dublin. In 2018, Damien founded ’50 things to do’, an e-commerce business specialising in products promoting activities in Dublin. Damien’s teaching philosophy views education as a transformational process. He provides students with detailed course information as foundational, and encourages them to immerse themselves in discussion to advance a higher level of critical thinking and analysis. Damien’s classes are focused on an interactive classroom, which allows students to integrate with their peers, with the lecturer, and to move from a mindset of apathy to one of inquiry.

Gráinne McKeever

Social Psychology

Gráinne has taught Social Psychology with CEA Dublin since 2019. She is currently completing a Ph.D. in Sociology at University College Dublin as an Irish Research Council Scholar, where her Master’s thesis was awarded the Mary Kelly Medal in 2015. Prior to her entry into the field of sociology, Grainne taught Art and Design at post primary level for ten years, and published several textbooks on the subject. She has taught sociology and social psychology to Irish and American students since 2017 and currently lectures at the National University of Ireland Maynooth. With a background in theatre and stand-up comedy, as well as a TedX talk as part of the Fulbright Commission events in 2016, Grainne's lectures often incorporate humorous perspectives on film and television clips, as well as an array of interesting guest lectures, from film directors and performers to fellow academics.

Dr. Grace O'Keeffe

History of Ireland

Grace O'Keeffe holds a BA (Hons), MPhil and a Ph.D. from Trinity College Dublin all in Irish History. Dr. O’Keeffe taught undergraduate History classes at Trinity for several years, focusing on Irish and British medieval history. For the last decade, during the summer months and outside of the academic year, she has conducted history walking tours in Dublin, to both local and international audiences. Dr. O’Keeffe’s teaching philosophy is to help students understand Irish history not as simply one event following another, but as a complicated and constantly evolving interaction of local and international influences. Students come away from her classes with an understanding of how we evaluate history and provide students with the tools to critically evaluate what they read - a skill students they can carry into their other subjects.

Dr. Ivan Robertson

Communication & Global Competence

Ivan Robertson has a BFA from New York University, an MFA from Trinity College Dublin and a Ph.D. from Trinity College Dublin as well. Ivan is a native New Yorker that has made Dublin his home for the last 20 years. It is this ‘fish out of water’ experience that gives him the backdrop to lecture in Communications and Global Competence where he examines the social, cultural and political ramifications of being a “global citizen”. Having gone through that culture shock himself, he asks students to look at their own cultural identities and how their cultural influences effect their relationships with others, especially in the their new cultural context of Dublin. Ivan, a published writer, is a born story teller and a natural narrator who runs highly interactive, discussion-based classes. Ivan’s Ph.D. focused on the creative processes of certain New York districts and he draws on those creative findings to run highly entertaining and stimulating classes and study visits. Ivan has a wealth of experience in teaching and lecturing to Irish, International and US students across Dublin’s top institutions.

Dr. Caroline West

Psychology of Marketing

Dr. Caroline West holds a Ph.D. from Dublin City University. Her research is interdisciplinary, focusing on Sexuality Studies and Cultural Studies. Caroline also holds an MA in Sexuality Studies, a Higher Diploma in Psychoanalysis, and a BA in Social Science, both from DCU (Dublin City University). Caroline has presented her research nationally and internationally to a mix of academics and students on the university circuit and also to a wider mainstream TV, radio and newspaper audiences, as she is a regular media contributer and commentator in Irish media. Caroline has been teaching at third level since 2015, and has taught both undergraduate and postgraduate students across Ireland. She runs one day intensive training workshops for therapists and psychology students. Caroline utilizes the work of Carl Rodgers and uses blended learning in order to facilitate different learning styles of students. Her lectures encourage critical thinking and promote research literacy, applying marketing theories to marketing on a variety of platforms such as traditional marketing, social media marketing, and the use of celebrity influencers. Her industry, media and academic connections mean that she has access to an amazing wealth of leading guest speakers and insightful study visits.

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