Chapter Twelve

a. Handling yourself

Be open and communicative about your teaching with colleagues and students. If things seem to be off to a rocky start, talk to the class about it — but not in a defensive way. Barbara Walvoord at the Kaneb Center is an excellent resource for help in establishing a two-way communication with students to get feedback on your courses and teaching — she can help you formulate questions to ask your class that will elicit responses that are constructive rather than merely critical. She also has helpful suggestions for ways to enlist students to present material.

Talk about your teaching with senior colleagues and ask for simple bits of advice, especially linked to content and curriculum. Ask your colleagues for copies of their syllabi, and circulate your syllabus to a senior colleague and ask for feedback. Your colleagues can be particularly helpful in letting you know how much students here (and, in particular, your department's majors) can handle in a semester, so ask questions like: Am I requiring too much/too little reading per class meeting for a Notre Dame student? Does the material seem too simple/challenging? Am I requiring too much/too little writing? Does my grading system seem fair?

Talk to your colleagues about your research. Submit all publications and conference talks to ND REPORT and the ISLA year-end COMMUNIQUE. Keep your webpage updated with your latest achievements and publications. (Avoid disclosing personal information on your webpage).

Do not volunteer personal information at work. If you have to leave a lecture or conference early to retrieve children or to go to the john, go quietly and do not announce your departure. You are entitled to a life beyond the job. However not everyone takes advantage of the right. So keep your adorable baby/dog/cat pictures to yourself and share only with trusted friends.

Do not expect to form intimate friendships with colleagues. Seek other kinds of attachments as well. Be friendly to those you choose, but remember, itís a job. Please do come and go. Treat administrative assistants as well as you can, but do not confide intimate information to them. Be civil, cordial even, yet professional. Take a moment to chat every now and then, but donít ďhang outĒ in a department or institute office. The administrative assistants have lives of their own and they are very busy.

Avoid gossip. It can bite.

Be true to yourself but keep your views to yourself on occasion as well. Practice a measured silence in department meetings, especially on contentious issues. Contribute with integrity, but you are under no obligation to express the complete breadth and vehemence of your views.

If youíre not Catholic, keep a tolerant attitude toward the institution. If it becomes impossible for you to do so, seek employment elsewhere. ND is Catholic and no amount of bitching or accusations of persecution by non-Catholics will ever change that fundamental fact. Avoid discussing your religious views if you are uncomfortable with the topic. You are under no obligation to join in debates on spirituality or theology if you do not choose to.

If you offer something to a colleague (a copy of an article, a syllabus or book), deliver. It you make a deadline, keep it. Cultivate the public image of reliability (but donít restrain your natural generosity.) Your colleagues are perfectly capable of copying their own articles.

Take advantage of college services such as the Document Delivery service via the Library and the Decio Faculty Service Office. Let the typists prepare your letters of recommendation and do mailings for you.

Protect your time from menial tasks.

Protect your psyche from aggressive and anxious people. Seek out calm and happy people as work-friends.

Do not make excuses for yourself. You deserve to work here and to enjoy the many privileges of the family.

Remember, itís just a job — but donít go around saying as much to senior colleagues. They want to see your devotion to the profession and your increasing standing as a scholar.

When you receive a "revise and submit" letter from a scholarly journal for an article, read it carefully and call the editor if you have any uncertainty about what it means. Give yourself no more than two months to revise it, then resubmit. If it gets rejected, just put it in an envelope and submit it somewhere else, if you feel confident that itís good. If you have doubts, enlist the help of one or two colleagues. Be prepared to act on their suggestions.

Submit at least one article a year to a major, peer-reviewed journal in your field.

Aim to have a book project (dissertation significantly revised) by year 3 and submit it to a publisher, or at least begin the process by sending a prospectus and a letter of enquiry to pertinent editors - by name - at major publishers). Do research to discern which publishers may be interested in your work. Have colleagues read your prospectus and give you feedback before you submit it. See if there are any series where it might be appropriate and contact the series editor. This can be a good way to get your foot in the door and to get an ally who may facilitate the proses for you.

Avoid over committing your time to conferences. No more than three a year is a good rule.

Do not allow conference papers to loiter, unrevised, in a drawer. Use them! Revise, and circulate to people you met at the conference and ask for feedback and tips on good journals to place them in.

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b. Picking your battles
If you are a successful female academic in the 21st century, you have probably already learned a great deal about picking your battles. Nonetheless, because the culture at Notre Dame sometimes seems mired in a patriarchal mind set and is still largely run by men, we offer the following suggestions drawn from our own experience (we've been here a combined fifty years), and that of our friends. We see three categories : trivial annoyances, teaching moments, and real battles. In all of these areas, you can be sure that other women have or are experiencing the same problem.

Trivial annoyances: In some ways, when you enter the Notre Dame campus, you walk into a time warp in which attitudes you think have died out may still be around. For example, the occasional delivery person may, because you are a woman, assume you are a secretary. Students and staff may call you "Miss" or "Mrs.," address you by your first name (though you haven't given permission to do so), or assume that you are a TA. We've found that less aggravation results if you try to head off incidents like these (assuming that they will annoy you). You can introduce yourself as Professor Jones when you call a campus office. You might want to put your title on the syllabus or introduce yourself the first day of class, mentioning your degrees, books, prior experience. etc. When these annoyances do occur, we recommend a sense of humor and unfailing politeness as you set the person straight. In other words, it's not a battle; correct it if necessary and move on.

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Teaching moments
Often thou
gh, you may find that you can be helpfully instructive to male colleagues who may still be inexperienced in working with women and in understanding how women's lives differ from those of men. For example, in a faculty meeting my colleagues were discussing a faculty candidate. She was married and she had indicated that she and her husband would continue to live in Chicago if she were hired. Some of my colleagues interpreted her unwillingness to move to a lack of commitment to Notre Dame. When my turn came to speak, I said that in most dual career marriages, the woman was much more likely to be the one who made concessions about where the couple lived and that her decision not to move was probably made in that spirit and had nothing to do with commitment to Notre Dame. One of my young male colleagues thanked me for pointing that out and told me that he had never thought about it in that way and he found the insight very useful. You may find yourself doing this sort of instructing more frequently at Notre Dame than in your prior life. It's certainly not part of your job and you don't have to do it, but it's helpful to see it as a teaching moment and not a battle.

Real battles
If you believe you are being treated unfairly in any of the following areas (or anything else that is very important to you), it's worth fighting: salary and working conditions, promotions, teaching assignments, committee assignments, hiring or promotion decisions, family leave, and how students are treated. To discriminate against women in any of these areas is, in fact, illegal. You not only have the law on your side, you also can turn to other people and to some campus organizations for help. The new Office for Institutional Equity is mandated to handle any complaints you have if you believe you are being treated differently or unfairly because you are a woman. The Kaneb Center will help with teaching and TCE concerns. The Faculty Senate is an excellent resource; find out who your faculty senators are and ask for help. The Academic Council might address your problem, and it too has representatives from each college/school. The University has an Ombudsman who can help; be aware of who it is. Remember: you are not alone in having the problem and you need not be alone in getting it remedied.

Then of course, there is WATCH... a good place to go for help of any kind. WATCH, the publisher of this handbook for women, is an university-wise, unofficial women's advocacy group to which you can turn and which will mentor you in many matters, such as putting together your tenure package or improving or interpreting your TCEs. WATCH thinks that the best way to eliminate some of the unnecessary battles on this campus is to strengthen and support the status of women here. The bottom line is in the numbers Ė the more women here, the less gender-based grievances. So political work for women is an essential part of righting grievances for all women Ė and thatís why WATCH was born Ė to encourage just that kind of work.

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c. Email use
The legal standing of email privacy is simple — there is none. Though opening regular mail addressed to another person is a federal crime, important legal questions regarding electronic forms of mail have not been raised or answered yet by the courts. Meanwhile, most employers view email as employer property. Rule of thumb advice:

  • Donít confuse letters with email. Consider email a bulletin board posting and front page newspaper text — edit accordingly. Remember that your email could be forwarded verbatim — or, worse, edited — to anyone. Ask yourself if you want that note to your chair posted in OíShaughnessy. If the answer is no donít send it by email.

  • Emotion expressed in email is exaggerated. (Perhaps literary types can tell us something about the admixture of the spontaneity of conversation and the permanence of the written word which makes this so.) This means flirtation, anger, and flattery will probably dominate the humor or reason in any email. Donít send an email in anger, ever, never.

  • There is no way of ever knowing if your email is being read, saved, archived, etc. by your employer. Assume it is.
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d. Records
Though most of the time academics set our own schedules and priorities, there comes a point each year when we are asked to account for how we spent our time. The varied demands of our jobs, and the frenetic pace that can dominate a semester, may make it difficult to keep track of everything for which we deserve credit. Looking at our planners and Palm Pilots can help refresh our memories, but one easy way to track our accomplishments is to set up a file for each academic year into which we put anything that we want to be sure to mention in our annual reviews. Here are some of the kinds of records that might be useful, some obvious, some perhaps less obvious:

1. Copies of any publications that have come out. If the journal may not be familiar to your colleagues, include a copy of its editorial policy and perhaps sample tables of contents. A list of the members of the editorial board might be useful as well.

2. Letters accepting manuscripts, or reviews of them, if theyíve been accepted with revisions. If the comments are lengthy or scathing, you might want to reconsider.

3. Reviews of books in which articles have been anthologized, especially if your contribution is mentioned. I check www.google.com regularly to see if my name is mentioned anywhere, and find it to be a good source for reviews that might discuss my work. It even includes online publications that originate overseas.

4. Invitations to give invited talks, and any comments that develop from them. In some fields you may be invited to give a lecture for which there is a respondent. Copies of his/her comments can give the CAP a sense of your research and othersí interest in it.

5. Copies of conference programs where you presented, including the title page that lists the date and location of the conference, and the page listing your paper. Some universities require these for tenure packets.

6. Emails or letters asking you to contribute to an anthology or to a special issue of a journal in your area of research. These of course indicate that your work is valued and has a place in your field.

7. If you make films or videotapes, keep records of where your films have been shown and what museums and libraries have them in their collections, and copies of reviews. Of course, track what festivals theyíve been shown in and what honors theyíve received. Obviously, the same goes for composers, all visual artists, theatre directors, etc.

8. The handwritten part of the TCEs. Department chairpersons only see the quantitative summaries, so our annual review is a good time to show off the enthusiastic comments weíve received for our teaching.

9. It is also useful to document the voluminous service that many of us do. Each time I receive letter or email asking me to serve on a committee, I put it in the folder. If you serve as a facilitator for the Urban Plunge; participate in the Spring Visitation luncheon for students of color; lead a freshman orientation meeting the day before classes starts; or represent your department at JPW, file the letter confirming the arrangements in the folder. Any thank-you letters about your participation in these activities can also be included.

10. It is also a good idea to keep track of student requests, if only so we know where our time goes. File requests to write letters of reference, especially if there are a lot of them. Any thank-you notes or complimentary emails should be kept as well.

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e. Scholars' visits to campus
As Notre Dame is always eager to obtain public recognition, at some time in your career you may want to become involved in organizing visits of well-known scholars and public figures to campus. Here are a few suggestions to help guide you in planning such events.

Desirable qualities in Notre Dameís guests
First, have a very clear idea of the contribution your visitor(s) will make to the department and to the school you work in, as well as the university as a whole. The most successful and productive events are those that attract the largest and most diverse audience. Ideally they are interdisciplinary in focus. The events you plan should attract not only faculty but also undergraduate students, a constituency whose interests the University keeps in mind as they are potential donors for the future, and as their families (many of whom are either donors or potential donors) will hear reports on these special events. In other words, try to avoid visitors who are overly specialized, even though you may wish to bring them for a highly sophisticated audience. In a series, such as the Henkels Lecture Series (see # 3.a, below), you may integrate one or two speakers who are more specialized among a group of speakers who will also appeal to undergraduates.

In September 2000, the Program in French and Francophone Studies in the Department of Romance Languages and Literatures, with several co-sponsors (details in # 3.a), invited William C. Carter, author of the latest biography in English on Marcel Proust, Marcel Proust: A life (Yale UP, 2000). Carterís visit was timely in that he had just published his biography a few months before and was already earning scholarly as well as popular recognition for it; thus it was good for Notre Dame to receive him in the early stages of his renown. His public lecture attracted a large audience (about 120 people, faculty and students alike, which is large for an event on French literature) because Marcel Proust is one of the most famous 20th-century authors in many peopleís minds, even in the U.S. William Carter was also a good choice because he is a very affable and clear speaker, who could reach a diverse audience.

In April 2001, the Program in French and Francophone Studies hosted Malika Oufkir, a Moroccan human-rights victim whose witness account (translated from the 1999 original in French), Stolen Lives: Twenty Years in a Desert Jail, was just released a week before her visit to Notre Dame and has now become a best-seller in the U.S. (Oprah Winfrey selected it for her book club in May 2001). To provide our audience with a larger framework on human rights in Morocco which would help situate Malika Oufkirís experience, the Program also invited Susan Slyomovics, from MIT, Professor and Chair of Anthropology and endowed Chair of the Study of Women in the Developing World, who was writing at that time a book on human rights in Morocco. Malika Oufkirís story touched a very large audience, even drawing people all the way from Chicago. Notre Dame was fortunate in having her speak here just before her book tour and intense media attention in the U.S. (see below, # 3.a for co-sponsors, and 3.c for tips on publicity).

People to approach with your proposal
Your colleagues and the Chair of your department are of course the first people to approach with a suggestion, as their support is critical and as any public event at Notre Dame will also heighten the visibility of your department. Your Chair in particular can assist you in drafting and co-signing a proposal to invite scholars and/or public figures. Your Chair will also have advice about approaching other departments and institutes or centers that could help co-sponsor the event(s) you have in mind. So, the very first rule to observe is collegiality.

In February 2001, the Program in French and Francophone Studies hosted Naomi Schor, Professor of French at Yale University and a renowned feminist theorist, as a ďProvostís Distinguished Womenís Lecturer.Ē This is one of the most prestigious and sought-after invitations on campus, as only three or four such visitors come each year and as their visit is most generously funded. In order to have a woman scholar considered, you will initially have to obtain the approval and support of your departmental Chair. The faculty who first thought of Naomi Schor as a potential recipient of the Provostís lecture award broached her idea to the Chair of her department. With the Chairís approval to back her up, she then requested the support of several faculty involved in feminist literature and theory, who then kindly wrote to the Chair, expressing their enthusiasm over Naomi Schorís visit. The success of this project was therefore collegial, as the Chair could make an official recommendation based on support from several faculty. A few other proposals, coming from more isolated faculty, did not successfully pass this first stage of the process.

Planning the event
Once your proposal has earned the support of your colleagues and/or Chair, it is time to get to work, and be assured that planning for a visitor or a series of visitors is no vacation. If the idea is yours, the work will be yours, unless you are fortunate in having exceptionally dynamic and enthusiastic colleagues. You may win their enthusiasm, of course, by proposing events that appeal to them, but even then, experience has shown that organizing events is mostly a solitary task. So be prepared to invest time and energy to reach your goal. Depending on the ambition of your proposal, estimate on spending a year to a year and a half of planning.

Start searching for co-sponsors. Send letters and emails describing your proposal to colleagues you know in other departments and institutes or centers on campus that might find it relevant to their own interests. Even better, talk directly to those colleagues--make appointments if necessary. Prior to coming up with a proposal, it is advisable to establish a network of friends in multiple areas of the university. You can do that effectively by running for election on university committees, such as the Faculty Senate, where you will meet faculty from diverse schools and departments whom you might not get a chance to meet otherwise. Be a member of WATCH for the same reasons! This is all the more important as support from your immediate colleagues (in your own department) may not be forthcoming.

As departments have limited resources for visitors, you will most likely have to seek other sources of funding. The most generous sources are available from institutes, which thrive on funds from private donors. If you are housed in the College of Arts and Letters, ISLA (the Institute for Scholarship in the Liberal Arts) offers up to $10,000 for a series of visitors, through the Henkels Lecture Series; it also funds the Provostís Distinguished Womenís Lecturer Series. Each year in the fall ISLA sends out calls for proposals, so keep your eye on the documentation that inundates your mail box. Sometimes it is possible to obtain funds for a lecture series from ISLA on an ad hoc basis; in this case, you would approach the Director with your ideas. Apart from the Henkels and Provostís series, ISLA offers a variety of resources, so become familiar with ISLA as soon as you possibly can.

The same holds for every other institute. Offer to be a fellow in one of the institutes on campus, such as the Nanovic Institute for European Studies, the Kellogg Institute for International Studies, the Peace Institute, etc. If you are a fellow in an institute and if you seek funding from this institute, it is highly advisable to work first on promoting its visibility. Though available, the instituteís funding may not be granted to fellows who do not contribute more than a minimum of time and interest to its activities.

Involve as many departments as you can imagine in the events you are planning. When the time comes for publicity, showing a list of several co-sponsors on the materials you have designed will bring recognition to your department. Not only is it good for prestige but even more importantly, every department and institute involved in your event will encourage its faculty and students to attend. With many co-sponsors, you stand a chance of having a well-publicized event and a large audience.

Examples of successful attempts in obtaining co-sponsors:

The visit of William Carter in September 2000 was co-sponsored by the Henkels Lecture Series, the Nanovic Institute for European Studies, the Program in Philosophy and Literature, and the Program of Liberal Arts.

The visit of Malika Oufkir and Susan Slyomovics in April 2001 found an impressive array of co-sponsors: the Henkels Lecture Series, the Center for Civil and Human Rights, the Nanovic Institute for European Studies, the Kellogg Institute for International Studies, the O'Neill Chair in Education for Justice (Department of Economics), the Program in African and African-American Studies, the Program in Gender Studies, the Department of Anthropology, and the Department of Modern Languages at Saint Mary's College.

Courses and student involvement
Schedule a course or two around the topics that will be discussed by your guest(s). Have students read their work ahead of time. When your guest(s) is on campus, organize a lunch with students and invite the guest(s) to your class(es).

For William Carterís visit in September 2000, Catherine Perry designed a graduate course on Marcel Proust and included one of Proustís novels in her undergraduate University Seminar. Students from both courses attended Carterís lecture, and Carter taught a graduate class with Perry. Every one of the 7 guests in 2000-2001 of the Department of Romance Languages and Literatures also met with students, both graduate and undergraduate, for lunch.

To heighten faculty and student interest in Marcel Proust and hence his biographer, the Chair of the Department of Film, Television and Theatre organized the projection of the recently released movie Time Regained, directed by Raoul Ruiz, in the auditorium of the Snite Museum on the weekend following Carterís visit. Publicity for Carter and the movie was therefore mutually reinforcing.

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f. Publicizing your events
Publicize your event in as many ways as you can imagine:

An eye-catching poster is essential, of course. See contact information below on Julie LaFollette's web communications services if you are in the College of Arts and Letters; she designed a fabulous poster for Malika Oufkir, which was printed by NDís Print Services (tel: 631-9286). Otherwise, you will find excellent service, though at higher cost, with Express Press in South Bend (they did a wonderful poster for William Carter). Contact:

Express Press in South Bend
Contact: Tim Malott
email: customerservice@express-press.com
web site: http://www.express-press.com

Colorful and informative emails sent out to the faculty listserv (ALFAC-EVENTS@listserv.nd.edu) will reach many people. Send this email one month ahead to give people time to plan on attending your event. Faculty and students are solicited by so many events that you will be competing for attention among other worthwhile announcements. Make sure yours is compelling and attractive. Send the email out again two weeks ahead of time, again one week ahead, and finally the day before your event. People need and often appreciate reminders. Julie LaFollette (see # iv., below) can help you with this task.

Send announcements to Notre Dameís public relations, who will help broadcast your event on Notre Dameís news, even on the universityís home page if the speakers are suitably important.

Names and addresses of people to contact:
Gail Hinchion Mancini (very helpful and enterprising)
Director, Marketing Communications (ND advertising)
405C Administration Building
tel: 219-631-7367 email: mancini.2@nd.edu

Jennifer Laiber
Public Relations and Information
317 Main Building
email: Jennifer.L.Laiber.1@nd.edu

Live Cybercasting
ND now has an endorsed local Webcast partner for campus. For those interested in providing live Webcasts of campus events, Golden Dome now has a full package available immediately at very competitive prices.

Contact Golden Dome directly

Pat Palella
tel: 631-1214

Contact Julie LaFollette, a very helpful Web Communications Specialist who works for ISLA. She can design posters, a web page announcing your event (which is crucial, as it will give fuller information that is easy to consult), and she will take electronic photos of speakers, to be published later on a web page recapping the event. There is a web page on the ISLA site which describes various avenues for publicity with a page you can download.

Julie LaFollette
102 Decio
tel: 631-8970
email: jlafolle@nd.edu

Examples of web pages:

Recap of Naomi Schorís visit, designed by Julie LaFollette http://www.nd.edu/~isla/ISLA/webpages/provostwomen/schor.htm

Announcement of Schorís visit, designed by Catherine Perry)

Poster-like announcement of Malika Oufkirís visit, designed by Julie LaFollette)

Detailed announcement of Oufkirís visit, designed by Catherine Perry)


Contact media in the area: the South Bend Tribune and radio stations will make announcements, provided you send them information early enough (at least a month before your event). And, if you are lucky, a reporter from the SBT will attend your event and write an article about it.

Media people to contact:

South Bend Tribune (Features section)
Deanna Francis (very helpful)

The South Bend Tribune
Attn. Deanna Francis
225 W Colfax Av.
South Bend, IN 46626
tel: 219-235-6248 (personal number)
email: dfrancis@sbtinfo.com

OR: Lauren Fagen
email: lfagan@sbtinfo.com

WVPE (Elkhart Public Radio) (very helpful, but need 30 days notice)
Jason White
tel: 674-9873, ext. 227
email: Jwhite@wvpe.org
general tel: 219-262-5700

WSND 889 FM (ND radio)
Ed Jaroszewski (very helpful)
fax (preferred method): 631-3653
tel: (219) 631-7342

Announce your event to universities in the area, all the way to Chicago — you never know who might be interested. Visit their web pages first and find the contact information you need — a personal message is preferable, and a phone call useful if your budget allows.

When you click on the red links below, the page will open in a new window. You should be able to navigate back to WATCH by closing that window.

Indiana University Bloomington

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

University of Illinois Chicago

Northwestern University

University of Chicago

Goshen College

Indiana University South Bend

Saint Mary's College

ND location reservations
Hesburgh International Studies Auditorium
(cost to rent in 2001: $ 125.00)
contact Mich Holloman, tel: 631-6970

for projection equipment, call Judy Bartlett
tel: 631-5102

CCE auditorium
call Harriet Baldwin (can discuss food and beverages with her as well)
tel: 631-7864 email: Baldwin.1@nd.edu

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g. Soft money
The goal of the Institute for Scholarship in the Liberal Arts (ISLA) is to help build, sustain, and renew a distinguished faculty in the arts, humanities and the social sciences, and to enhance the intellectual life on campus. ISLA does this in several ways.

External grant support
The Institute is the College's clearinghouse for information, advice and assistance in finding and obtaining grant funds for any academic purpose. Institute staff assist faculty in several ways: advising faculty regarding the content of grant proposals; assisting in the preparation of proposal budgets; critiquing draft proposals; and ushering proposals through the administrative review process. In support of this effort, ISLA maintains a grant reference library that includes computerized grant search databases, and hosts several grant proposal workshops during the year.

Internal grants
ISLA provides grants for faculty research, travel to international conferences, curriculum development, honoraria for visiting scholars (through the Henkels Visiting Scholars Lecture Series), publication subvention, and miscellaneous research expenses.

Special programs
The Institute offers a variety of other faculty development activities, such as workshops on academic writing and publishing with an academic press. ISLA also coordinates various student scholarship and fellowship programs and sponsors a faculty mentor network focusing on faculty development and scholarship.

As a new faculty member, ISLA should be the first place you consider when seeking funds to support your research and course development efforts. Below are a few example descriptions of funding programs ISLA has available to faculty.

Suppose you are asked to teach a new course (or revise a course) in your department. ISLA has six different programs that support course development. General undergraduate course development is supported through ISLA’s Annual Awards program and provides approximately $3,500 in the form of a stipend. If you are teaching a course that enriches international studies, you can plan to take your class abroad during a semester break and receive funding to subsidize both instructor and student travel. This unique opportunity is also provided through ISLA’s Annual Awards program. Four types of special project course development grants include: Graduate Course Development Grants ($3,000 and up to $3,600 in support for a graduate assistant), Learning Communities for Upper-Class Students ($5,000), which coordinate readings and concepts across various courses taught by different instructors, Linked Courses for First-Year Students ($3,000), which coordinate several interdisciplinary courses for first-year students that concentrate on a unique topic, and KROC/ISLA Course Development Grants, co-sponsored between ISLA and the Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies. Across these six programs, it is very likely that you will find a program that fits your needs and ideas for course development. Perhaps you would like to support your research efforts and recruit students to work with you. The ISLA Annual Awards program provides support for research travel ($6,000), support for research materials ($4,000), summer support for graduate students ($3,300), and summer stipends for untenured and/or junior faculty ($4,000). If you are in a social sciences department (Anthropology, Economics, Government and International Studies, Psychology, or Sociology), you can apply for $15,000 to support your initial research efforts in the form of the Pilot Funds for Faculty-Student Research Teams in the Social Sciences program. The Multiyear Collaborative Research program allows two or more researchers from different departments to collaborate on research and receive $25,000 each year for three years. All of these programs involve applying and competing for funding. A couple of non-competitive programs are available for small funding needs in the form of Exploratory Research Groups ($250 for the group’s activities) and the Materials and Miscellaneous Research Needs Grants program ($750). Undergraduate students can receive up to $750 to assist in research activities with a faculty mentor through the Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program (UROP).

Or perhaps you are finishing up a book and have already found a publisher, but you need some assistance to complete the book. ISLA also provides some funding for publication subvention, such as financing the creation your book’s index or development of the book’s cover.

Have you been invited to participate in an international conference? ISLA provides funds for air travel and per diem expenses to attend the conference. This is a non-competitive program and is available throughout the academic year. Would you like to sponsor a conference at Notre Dame? ISLA will provide some support of conference expenses through its non-competitive interim awards and also through the Henkels Visiting Scholars Lecture Series.

ISLA also provides support to invite individual scholars to Notre Dame to give a lecture, such as through the Provost's Distinguished Women's Lecturer Series, the College of Arts and Letters Young Scholar Speaker Series, and the Henkels Visiting Scholars Lecture Series.

Are you in the Art, Art History, and Design; Music; Creative Writing; or Film, Television, and Theatre department? The Boehnen Fund for the Excellence in the Arts supports creative or scholarly projects, the development of a new course, the enhancement of student-faculty interaction, or an artistic event that will enrich the cultural and artistic life of the College, for example, the appearance of a visiting artist (up to $3,000).

Many of these funding opportunities are available through internal competitions held throughout the academic year, whereas other funds are available as needs arise. Your best approach is to contact one of the ISLA staff and inquire about the appropriate program for your funding needs. Sometimes, all you need to do is write an email request to obtain funding. The ISLA website (http://www.nd.edu/~isla/ISLA) is maintained and provides current information for all of the programs available through ISLA. ISLA also disseminates program information at the beginning of each academic year to alert faculty of these programs and any changes that occur.

NB: ISLA funding guidelines are fluid and sometimes change year to year. Watch for notices in your mail and/or email of new funding opportunities and call ISLA with any questions.

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h. Support services
All of the information here refers specifically to the College of Arts & Letters. Probably all colleges in the university offer the same sorts and levels of services.

The situation vis-a-vis all kinds of services here at Notre Dame is probably better than at most universities. For instance:

At the Decio Stenography Pool (234 Decio Faculty Hall), Art and Letters Faculty can get any kind of typing related to professional activities done. For example:

Mailing lists
your CV (leave a copy there on file and they will update it for you)
letters of recommendation (they will keep your letters on file and send them out for you on request)

You can also borrow their dictating machines to record. They’ll transcribe the tapes for you.

Computer Help
Again, just for the College of Arts and Letters, you could call Dave Klawiter at 1-5052 for general computer tech help, or Julianne Thorson or Angela Washington at 1-7021 or email alcotech@nd.edu, or the OIT Help Desk, email to info.1@nd.edu or call 1-8111.

For other computer services, check the ALCO Homepage, http://www.nd.edu/~alco/

Webpage Design Help
Call Julie La Follette, Web Communications Design Specialist, based in the ISLA office (1-8970). Julie’s job is to help faculty produce publicity for research or events, primarily by developing web sites and pages (design and/or content, including photography). She also can help design and produce posters for events. She can consult and assist in other ways to help gain visibility for your projects.

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