Lecturer of History and Political Science
Patti Andrews has been teaching in the department for ten years. She is also a graduate, studying Political Science under Abbas Milani when the campus was known as the College of Notre Dame. Her Master's degree, also in Political Science, is from the University of California at Berkeley. She was involved in the development of NDNU's core curriculum program and has taught FYE (First Year Experience) classes since their inception. In recent years, Patti has pursued the incorporation of Academic Service Learning and Community Engagement in her FYE and History courses, and has been named as a Dorothy Stang Scholar for the 2010-2011 academic year.
Patti's creative side has also had room to flourish at Notre Dame. In 1997, she co-directed (with fellow alum Brittany Madson) a production of ”Master Harold...” and the Boys, as a part of Notre Dame theater department's first annual Labor Day Theater Festival, a tradition that has continued every year since. In 1998, the Festival produced her own original work, Mischling. Other publications include “The Roundup,” a biographical essay published in Jewish Currents magazine in 1999. She is an avid traveler and travel blogger, and is currently working on a collection of travel essays.
In addition to helping college students ground themselves in history, Patti also helps aviation students take to the sky. A commercial pilot with more than 3000 total hours of flight time, she gives flying lessons on an almost-daily basis out of the San Carlos and Palo Alto airports. The two environments – classroom and cockpit – could not be more different, but whether it's exploring ideas or manipulating heavy machinery, she finds many overlaps in how people learn.
- BA Political Science, College of Notre Dame
- MA Political Science, UC Berkeley
- World History
- Western Civilizations
- American Government
- First Year Experience