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
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.
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.
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.
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
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:
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.
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.
is no way of ever knowing if your email is being read, saved,
archived, etc. by your employer. Assume it is.
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
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
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
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
Scholars' visits to campus
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
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).
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.
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:
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.
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.
and student involvement
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).
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.
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
your event in as many ways as you can imagine:
Publicizing your events
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
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
and addresses of people to contact:
Hinchion Mancini (very helpful and enterprising)
Director, Marketing Communications (ND advertising)
405C Administration Building
219-631-7367 email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Public Relations and Information
317 Main Building
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
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.
Examples of web pages:
of Naomi Schorís visit, designed by Julie LaFollette http://www.nd.edu/~isla/ISLA/webpages/provostwomen/schor.htm
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
Media people to contact:
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)
OR: Lauren Fagen
WVPE (Elkhart Public Radio) (very helpful, but need 30 days
tel: 674-9873, ext. 227
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.
TO UNIVERSITY WEBSITES:
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.
of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
of Illinois Chicago
University South Bend
International Studies Auditorium
(cost to rent in 2001: $ 125.00)
contact Mich Holloman, tel: 631-6970
projection equipment, call Judy Bartlett
call Harriet Baldwin (can discuss food and beverages with
her as well)
tel: 631-7864 email: Baldwin.email@example.com
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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 ISLAs 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 ISLAs
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 groups 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
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 books index or development
of the books cover.
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
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
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).
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
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.
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.
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.
situation vis-a-vis all kinds of services here at Notre Dame
is probably better than at most universities. For instance:
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:
your CV (leave a copy there on file and they will update it
letters of recommendation (they will keep your letters on
file and send them out for you on request)
can also borrow their dictating machines to record. Theyll
transcribe the tapes for you.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org,
or the OIT Help Desk, email to email@example.com or call 1-8111.
other computer services, check the ALCO Homepage, http://www.nd.edu/~alco/
Julie La Follette, Web Communications Design Specialist, based
in the ISLA office (1-8970). Julies 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.