Staff Profiles

Denise Connerty

What do you do in the Education Abroad office?

I am responsible for the overall management and operations of the International Programs office and Temple’s study abroad programs. I've been with Temple for over 20 years, and I have seen many changes over that period.

Where are you from?

I was born in North Weymouth, Massachusetts, and lived on the “South Shore” until I moved to Philly when I was 15. Although I have now lived in Philadelphia for longer than I ever lived in Massachusetts, I still have family there and return several times a year for vacations and family gatherings. I remain a diehard Red Sox fan and am grateful that the Phillies are in the National League so I only occasionally have to root for one team over another.

Where did you go to school and what did you study?

As an undergraduate, I majored in history and English and received my bachelor’s degree from Susquehanna University in central Pennsylvania. I received my MA in Humanities from Arcadia University. My junior year of college was spent at the University of Lancaster in England, studying British and Russian history, and British literature. That experience was the highlight of my academic career, and it was so long ago, study abroad was not nearly as popular as it is now. I was one of only three students out of my entire junior class who studied abroad.

What countries have you visited?

Austria, Canada, Czech Republic, England, Finland, France, Hong Kong, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Scotland, Spain, Vietnam, and Wales.

What is your most memorable abroad experience?

There are so many, it’s hard to single out one experience. Certainly spending two and a half weeks in Vietnam when we adopted our daughter was one of the most memorable, but I will also never forget travelling by train to Innsbruck, Austria (no Ryan Air back then!), waking in the middle of the night near Munich and looking out the window to catch my first glimpse of the Alps silhouetted against a moonlit sky.

What are your personal interests?

Reading, baseball (watching!), enjoying time with my daughter.

What is your favorite part of working in Education Abroad?

I truly believe in the transformational power of study abroad, not just for students, but also for faculty who have the opportunity to teach abroad. It’s very rewarding to help facilitate these life-changing experiences, and to do so with a fun and dedicated staff. And as a bonus, there’s never a dull moment!