College of Science
As the Assistant Dean for First Year Advising, Laura Flynn supports the First Year academic advisors as they guide students intending to pursue a major in the College of Science. Prior to her Assistant Dean position, Flynn was an academic advisor in what was the College of the First Year of Studies. She has worked with students exploring majors in all of the colleges. In recent years, she has concentrated on advising students interested in pursuing a major in one of the STEM disciplines with a particular interest in STEM retention. Flynn is an instructor for the Moreau First Year Experience course, Principles of Scientific Learning, and Introduction to Health Professions.
In addition to her wide-ranging work with advising first-year students, Flynn was an Associate Director in the Notre Dame Career Center. In that role, she was responsible for all Science and Engineering Career Programs. Among other duties, she produced quarterly career newsletters for science and engineering students, taught the “Career Choices for Engineers” seminar, collaborated with alumni, employers, and faculty to plan and coordinate the Senior Transition workshops, and planned and organized all facets of the student run annual Engineering Industry Day.
Flynn has been an active member in the National Academic Advising Association (NACADA) and National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE). For the past two years, she has been the Chair of the Advising First Year Students Community for NACADA.. She was a co-editor of Integrative Advising Theory and Practice: A Compendium of Essays and Abstracts by Academic Advisors, and published on Developing Academic Grit in STEM students.
Flynn holds a B.S. in Chemistry with a minor in Mathematics from Saint Mary’s College and an M.B.A. from Indiana University at South Bend. She worked at the Ames Division of Miles Laboratories (now Bayer Corporation) prior to coming to Notre Dame.