Specialty Programs have an on-site Resident Director (RD) who is responsible for the USAC office abroad and overall operations of the program, including securing appropriate housing, hiring top-level faculty, organizing field trips and tours, and overseeing your general well-being.
Dr. Mark Quigley and Dr. Patrick Bixby are the alternating RDs for Galway. Mark is a professor of Irish literature and cinema at the University of Oregon. He spent his childhood in County Tipperary, just to the south of County Galway. Patrick is a professor of English, specializing in Irish studies, at Arizona State University. He has family roots in Costelloe on the famous Carroe Road, County Galway, and is often in Ireland for teaching and research.
The RD, assisted by program staff, meets the group flight at the airport, provides an on-site orientation, takes you to your program housing, and organizes tours and activities for the program.