Directors and Staff

Program Directors



J. Matthew Ashley, Ph.D.
Interim Director 

J. Matthew Ashley is Associate Professor of Systematic Theology.  He received an MTS from the Weston Jesuit School of Theology in 1988, and a PhD from the University of Chicago Divinity School in 1993, before coming to the University of Notre Dame in the same year.  Since that time, in addition to teaching, he has served as Director of the Ph.D. program and, most recently, as Chair of the Department.  He has written two books and edited and/or translated five others.  His academic interests include liberation theology, religion and science, and the history of Christian spirituality.  His past pastoral experience includes work in parishes in Central America and Colorado, high school campus ministry, and retreat direction. Matthew Ashley can be reached at 574-631-5682 or by email at



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Janice M. PoormanPh.D.
Director, Formation and Field Education

Jan Poorman’s doctoral degree is in Systematic Theology from the University of Notre Dame, where she has served as an educator and administrator since 1993.  Prior to coming to the MDiv Program, where she now serves as Director of Formation and Field Education, Jan served as Associate Dean of the Graduate School. Previously, Jan was also one of the original designers of two highly respected programs at Notre Dame: the Echo Faith Formation Leadership Program, where she continues to serve as Senior Formation Advisor, and Notre Dame Vision, where she taught the undergraduate “Mentors in Faith” for ten years.  Jan is also a regular presenter at retreats and formation workshops throughout the University community, and she is a skilled facilitator of the art of theological reflection, a staple in ministry formation. Jan Poorman can be reached at 574-631-6493 or For more information on the Field Education Program send Jan an email.


Stacey Noem

Stacey Noem, MDiv
Director, Human and Spiritual Formation

Stacey directs human and spiritual formation for lay candidates for ministry. She came from our sister Holy Cross institution, the University of Portland in Oregon where she served for 7 years in Campus Ministry as Assistant Director of Faith Formation. In 2010 she was elected to the Executive Board of the Catholic Campus Ministry Association. A former Jesuit Volunteer in Alaska, she has worked extensively with JVC:NW and PACE on community formation and development. She and her husband write the invited blog, Happily Even After for the United States Catholic Conference of Bishops’ website, Stacey Noem can be reached at 574-631-0356 or by email at


Katie Neeser
Administrative Coordinator for MDiv Program
130C Malloy Hall
University of Notre Dame
Notre Dame, IN 46556