Rev. James Lies, C.S.C., is the interim senior director for academic initiatives and partnerships for the University of Notre Dame London Global Gateway, a position he began in July of 2020. Formerly the Director for Catholic Initiatives and Outreach for the Notre Dame London Global Gateway, in his new role Fr. Jim provides academic leadership for the Gateway's academic research initiatives, while strengthening academic partnerships for Notre Dame's faculty and students. A priest of the Congregation of Holy Cross, Fr. Jim will also provide local leadership to advance global scholarship in conjunction with campus and Notre Dame's global network. Additionally, Fr. Jim will collaborate with campus partners and local University partners to identify research opportunities and provide oversight for the G.K. Chesterton Collection, which was recently acquired from the Oxford Oratory.
Fr. Jim earned his B.A. in Quantitative Methods from the University of St. Thomas in Minnesota. He received an M.A. in Psychological Counseling from the University of Notre Dame; an M.Div. from the Jesuit School of Theology at Berkeley (now affiliated with Santa Clara University), and a Ph.D. in Educational Psychology & Human Development from the University of Minnesota. Upon Ordination, Fr. Jim ministered at Notre Dame as Assistant Director of Spirituality & Retreats in Campus Ministry and as Rector of Zahm Hall. He later served at the University of Portland as an Associate Professor of Psychology and as Executive Director of the Garaventa Center for Catholic Intellectual Life & American Culture; and at Stonehill College, where he served as Vice President for Mission and as an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology.