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2018 Student Leaders Program Staff

Dr. Tracey Quigley Holden
Academic Director of the SLP Program

Dr. Tracey Quigley Holden joined the Department of Communication at the University of Delaware in 2010 as an Assistant Professor and Director of the Basic Course. She is also affiliated faculty with the Center for Political Communication. Dr. Holden earned her PhD in rhetoric and public address from Pennsylvania State University, an M.A. from San Diego State University and a B.A. from Texas A&M University. Her primary teaching focus is public speaking, political communication, and strategic business communication, especially in multicultural settings. Her pedagogical experience includes teaching intercultural communication to U.S. military officers of all branches, social movement dissent in San Diego, media and culture in Indiana, and summer programs in leadership, politics and debate at Stanford, Princeton and UD. Her area of broad scholarly interest is organizational and political communication, especially rhetorical studies of institutions and leaders within organizations. Other interests include social movements, civic engagement, leadership, and strategic business communication.

For participants in this summer's Student Leaders Program, Dr. Holden has put together a wide ranging, challenging program of study focused on developing essential knowledge,  critical communication and readily applicable leadership skills. Dr. Holden is a native Californian but has lived in more than a dozen states and on the island of Guam. She is very fond of chocolate, ice cream, and warm weather.  The Holden family includes one dog, two cats, and three humans. Dr. Holden is married to a lawyer from Michigan and has a young daughter who counts more than 100 alumni of this program among her friends.


Dr. Dan Bottomley
Civics Director/Principal Investigator
of the SLPProgram

Dr. Dan Bottomley is the Associate Director for Global Partnerships & Programs at UD’s Institute for Global Studies. This is his fourth year working with the Student Leaders Program students, faculty, and staff and he is really excited to have the opportunity to meet all of the new leaders who will be coming to UD this summer.

A native of Rockford, Illinois, Dr. Dan spent his childhood and undergraduate life in the Midwest, but moved to escape the frigid winters of Illinois and earn his Doctorate in Political Science & International Relations.  Dr. Dan’s research background is in on the religions and politics of Southeast Asia with a focus on the relationship between Islam and Indonesian nationalism.

When not working, Dr. Dan enjoys spending time with his wife Caitlin (they will be celebrating their 5th wedding anniversary at the very beginning of the program this year), playing with 2-year old daughter Mae, and relaxing with his dogs Simon and Louie.  He is also an enthusiastic traveler who likes to meet new people and experience foreign cultures throughout the world. In fact, he has set a personal goal of getting at least one new stamp on his passport every year and can’t wait to have the opportunity to visit your home country sometime soon!


Rob Flahive
Program Coordinator

Rob Flahive is a PhD student in an interdisciplinary program at Virginia Tech, where he teaches undergraduate classes in the Department of Political Science and studies the relationship between politics and the built environment. He holds an MA in Political Studies from American University in Beirut and a BA in English Literature from Washington University in St. Louis.

Rob is an avid runner and appreciates a good debate. He values learning from personal experience as much as from conversations with different perspectives. Both relate to his enduring curiosity in how individuals intersect with wider global processes. He cannot imagine life without espresso, pizza (manoushe), or Fairouz.


Michael Crowley

Michael Crowley is a rising senior at the University of Delaware, majoring in English Education with a minor in Theatre Performance. This is also his second year working with the fantastic UD SLP program. A native Delawarean, Michael knew he wanted to be a Blue Hen from a young age. All of his siblings as well as much of his extended family attended UD, and so he is proud to be carrying on the tradition.

Michael is an identical twin, so if ever you stop to say hello to him on the streets of Newark and he just stares blankly at you, odds are it is not him. It is his twin, Patrick. He thought that was worth mentioning. But he promises he'll greet you back if he knows you! Or introduce yourself to Patrick and make a new friend!

Michael is an active member of The Harrington Theatre Arts Company on campus and has performed in several theatre productions whilst at the university. You will probably hear him humming show tunes as he walks around campus and most definitely in the shower. Don't be alarmed. He is the biggest Harry Potter fan you will meet in your life and has a (not so) slight obsession with dogs. He is often compared to a puppy by his friends which he is really not too mad about. Traveling is also a big passion of Michael's, having studied in London as well as in Torgau, Germany. He is so excited and immensely grateful that he has this opportunity to work with SLP once again and to assist other students in experiencing all of the beauty and diversity this world has to offer. Let the six-week journey together begin!


Amanda Abrom

Amanda Abrom earned honors degrees in Economics and English from the University of Delaware and has wasted no time since graduating in 2016. In just two short years, Amanda has taught English with the Chilean Ministry of Education, interned at the White House Office of Economic Initiatives and Entrepreneurship and currently serves as a Global Schools Ambassador at the United Nations Sustainable Development Solutions Network - Youth Initiative. This Fall, Amanda will embark on an English Teaching Assistantship (ETA) in Madrid, Spain, where she will empower local students to learn the English language and help lead a Model United Nations program. Amanda previously served as a peer mentor for UD's SUSI Women's Leadership Program and is excited to work with the Student Leaders Program this year!


Funding for the Student Leaders Program is provided by the U.S. Department of State.



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