Chief Academic Digital Officer

Elliott Visconsi

Elliott Visconsi

Elliott Visconsi is Notre Dame’s chief academic digital officer (CADO), a role he has held since 2013. A scholar of early modern English literature, freedom of expression, and First Amendment law, he is also an associate professor of English and concurrent associate professor of law. He holds a B.A. from the College of the Holy Cross, a Ph.D. from UCLA, and an M.S.L. from Yale Law School.

In his capacity as CADO, Visconsi works at the nexus of strategy, fundraising, faculty development, curriculum policy, intellectual property, financial modeling, and pedagogy on a variety of University-wide programs and initiatives. Under his leadership, Notre Dame created the Office of Digital Learning; launched a high-quality, fully online series of summer courses for Notre Dame students; designed from scratch a cutting-edge, multi-departmental graduate data science degree in collaboration with AT&T; and instituted a series of ongoing inter-institutional collaborations with colleges and universities.

Visconsi is committed especially to discovering the collaborative possibilities of digital learning and promoting student-centered pedagogy. To that end, he created a software framework for teaching and learning with mobile devices, Luminary Digital Media. He is also an advocate for liberal education and a believer in the transformative potential of the undergraduate experience.

With support from the Office of the President and the Office of the Provost, Visconsi convened a summit of higher education leaders to explore the landscape ahead. Titled “The Future of Liberal Education in the Digital Age,” it was held at Notre Dame in October 2016.

On occasion, Visconsi consults for other colleges and universities on digital strategy, policy, and academic planning. Find out more about his scholarship here or here.