Matt Notarian, the new study abroad advisor in the Office of Education Abroad, comes to Cleveland most recently from Tulane University in New Orleans, but has spent the better part of the last decade living and working in various places around the country and overseas. After growing up in New York, Matt attended the University of Delaware, where he majored in History and Anthropology. While in college, he had the chance to spend a winter semester in Italy, his first time travelling abroad, which convinced him to pursue his lifelong interest in archaeology. Matt returned to the Mediterranean to work on an archaeological project in Greece before graduating, and then entered graduate school at the University at Buffalo to pursue a doctorate in classical archaeology. During this time, he had the chance to work on projects in Greece and Italy several more times, and to independently travel to Turkey to learn about its archaeological heritage. Towards the end of his studies he won a pre-doctoral fellowship to conduct research at the American Academy in Rome for an entire year, which he followed up with an exchange fellowship at an Italian university, the Scuola Normale Superiore, in Pisa. These two years living in Italy allowed Matt the opportunity to travel throughout the region, taking him to Tunisia, France, and the U.K., and helped him make connections with students and scholars from across Europe. After finishing his Ph.D., Matt taught Roman history and archaeology at Tulane as a visiting faculty member, and returned to Italy each summer as a staff member for an archaeological dig north of Rome with a couple dozen American undergraduate students. Matt soon realized that one of the most fulfilling aspects of his time was helping students participate in the same kind of overseas experiences that had shaped his career, and he decided to devote himself fully to International Education.
As a study abroad advisor, Matt will put his international experience to use by helping CWRU students plan and pursue their own study abroad programs. His primary job is to help every student who wants to study abroad find an appropriate overseas program or institution that is tailored for individual needs, such as majors, minors, and personal travel interests. He will also work to further the mission of the Office of Global Education on campus by promoting the value of global education and working to increase the number of students studying abroad. Matt will also work with CWRU faculty who are interested in leading their own overseas courses, drawing upon his own background as a faculty leader of archaeological courses in Italy. Through his contributions, he hopes to help the Office of Education Abroad continue to build upon its recent success and have an even greater impact in coming years.