IFAA Executive Board

Executive Officers


Anne Graham Cagney, Membership Secretary

Dr Anne Graham Cagney - president@irishfulbrightalumni.com

Anne is a Senior Lecturer in Professional Learning and Development at Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT). Anne is Programme Lead of the MA in Management in Education, a TCD Research Fellow and Fulbright Ambassador at WIT. She is current lead on an Irish Research Council funded research project on international scholarly networks and research partnerships and PI on two research grants from SCoTENS for cross-border studies on professional development and outward facing assessment in higher education.

Anne's post-doctoral research interests are in individual and organisational learning and development. She is currently exploring the links between useable knowledge and organisation development that support educational, business and organisational success.

Anne was the recipient of a Fulbright Scholarship award in 2013-2014 and travelled to the US to conduct research on 'Enhancing Teaching-Learning Environments (TLEs) in Professional Development Programs in Education'.

Vice President & Treasurer

Liam Carr

Dr Liam Carr - treasurer@irishfulbrightalumni.com

Dr Liam Carr is a critical environmental geographer examining marine resource management, with a focus on marine spatial planning. He investigates how policy decisions impact communities and economies dependent upon the health of those natural resources. He began at NUI Galway in 2015 as a visiting US Fulbright Scholar, and has since joined the faculty in the Discipline of Geography as Lecturer and Coordinator for the MSc in Coastal and Marine Environments.

Honorary Secretary

Ms Áine Ní Shúilleabháin- secretary@irishfulbrightalumni.com 

Áine holds a BA International in English & French, a Diploma in Irish, and an MA in Advanced Language Skills from the National University of Ireland, Galway. She has worked as a translator, project manager, and business services manager in the translation industry. She was a Fulbright Foreign Language Teaching Assistant (FLTA) at Idaho State University in 2016-17. She is currently the Irish Language Officer at Trinity College Dublin.

Tá BA Idirnáisiúnta sa Bhéarla & Fraincis, Dioplóma sa Ghaeilge, and MA in Ardscileanna Teanga ag Áine ó Ollscoil na hÉireann, Gaillimh. D'oibrigh sí cheana mar aistritheoir, bainisteoir tionscadail, and bainisteoir seirbhísí gnó i dtionscail an aistriúcháin. Mhúin sí Gaeilge mar Chúntóir Múinteoireachta i dTeanga Iasachta (FLTA) in Ollscoil Stáit Idaho in 2016-17. Is Oifigeach Gaeilge í anois i gColáiste na Tríonóide, Baile Átha Cliath.

Membership Secretary

Rita Melia

Dr Rita Melia 

Dr Rita Melia is an Early Years Specialist working with Tusla Early Years Inspectorate Quality Assurance Directorate. Rita has a background in nursing, early childhood education and care, child and youth research and adult education. A lifelong learner Rita`s passion is to support learning which supports high levels of wellbeing and involvement or engagement in the learning processes across the lifespan starting in the early years.

Rita was a Fulbright Scholar at Harvard Graduate School of Education Boston MA 2016-2017, where she undertook ethnographic research in Reggio inspired and Play Ðbased preschool settings for her PhD research; 'My Self- Image and Your Interactions': The influence of the preschool educator's image of the child as a learner on children's wellbeing and involvement. Rita has developed a framework, learning for Wellbeing (Melia & Forkan, 2020) which identifies the importance of autonomy supportive learning environments in supporting learners high levels of wellbeing and involvement.

Communications Officer

Aoife Delaney

Dr Aoife Delaney - communications@irishfulbrightalumni.com

Aoife Delaney is a Research Analyst (HEO|) working in the Policing Authority, the oversight body for An Garda S’ochána. Her PhD was submitted in December 2018 titled "Humanising Policy from 'Warriors to Guardians': An Evaluation of Coordinated Management and Emergency Response Assemblages". This was conducted in the Maynooth University Social Sciences Institute (MUSSI) at the National University of Ireland, Maynooth, as part of the ERC-funded Programmable City Project. This project was also partially funded by an NUI Fulbright Award in 2017, which allowed Aoife to study in the University of Massachusetts, Boston while conducting fieldwork under the supervision of Prof Alan Wiig. The research explored how a variety of actors, actants, and technologies involved in emergency management assemble and organise using two case studies: the Irish winter storms of 2015/16 and the Boston Marathon Bombing in 2013.

At present, Aoife's research is centred on the research needs of the Policing Authority and An Garda S’ochána. However, her wider research interests include the urban political economy, gentrification, regeneration, docklands and ports, emergency management, governance, institutionalisation, formal and informal dichotomies, assemblage theory, and Foucauldian and Agambien theories of power and sovereignty.

Web Editor & Newsletter Editor

Dr John Sheppard - communications@irishfulbrightalumni.com

John Sheppard hold a PhD in Cybersecurity from UCD and is a lecturer in cybersecurity and digital forensics at Waterford Institute of Technology. As a Fulbright TechImpact  Cybersecurity Scholar, John will visit Georgetown University in Washington D.C. to conduct research into wearable technologies and will investigate the ethical implications of data associated with such devices.

Board Members 

Pa Sheehan

Mr Pa Sheehan 

Pa holds a BA in Applied Languages as well as a Professional Master's of Education in Languages (Irish and French) from the University of Limerick. He has worked as a post-primary teacher of Irish and French in Ireland as well as completing his Fulbright scholarship as a Foreign Language Teaching Assistant (FLTA) for the academic year 2016/17 at the University of Montana. He has spent the past year as the Teagasc—ir Gaeilge at Memorial University of Newfoundland as part of the Ireland Canada University Foundation (ICUF) Awards and will spend the coming academic year in the same role at the University of St. Michael's College, Toronto.

Tá BA i dTeangacha Feidhmeacha chomh maith le Máistir Gairmiúil san Oideachas i dTeangacha (Gaeilge agus Francís) ag Pa ó Ollscoil Luimnigh. D'oibrigh sé cheana mar mhúinteoir iarbhunscoile na Gaeilge agus na Fraincíse in Éirinn chomh maith leis an scoláireacht Fulbright a rinne sé mar Chúntóir Múinteoireachta i dTeanga Iasachta (FLTA) don bhliain acadúil 2016/17 in Ollscoil Montana. D'oibrigh sé le bliain anuas mar Thegascóir Gaeilge i Memorial University of Newfoundland mar chuid den dámhachtainí de chuid na Fondúireachta Ollscoile Éireann Cheanada (ICUF) agus beidh an ról céanna aige don bhliain acadúil atá romhainn in University of St. Michael's College, Toronto.

Connor Shine

Dr Connor Shineprism@irishfulbrightalumni.com

Connor was awarded a PhD in Biomedical Engineering from the College of Engineering, NUI Galway in 2020. His PhD research focused on the development of computational modelling tools to examine the degradation and mechanical performance of bioresorbable polymeric stents for the treatment of coronary artery disease. Connor undertook a National University of Ireland sponsored Fulbright Award to perform research at the Harvard-MIT Biomedical Engineering Centre, in Cambridge, Massachusetts in 2016/17. During his time at MIT, Connor researched experimental methods to study the degradation and drug release mechanisms of biodegradable coatings used on coronary stents.

Connor is actively involved in the LGBTQ+ community in Galway, where he plays soccer with the local LGBTQ+ football team, Teach Solais Tribes FC, is a member of the running group set up by AMACH LGBT+, and he is a regular for drop-in at the local resource centre Teach Solais. Connor was recently appointed to Fulbright Ireland's Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Panel. He is coordinating the creation and development of an Irish Chapter of Fulbright Prism, a dedicated space for LGBTQ+ Fulbright Awardees and Alumni in Ireland to connect, share resources and create networks. 

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