University of Notre Dame Office for Postdoctoral Scholars
January 20, 2015
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One-on-One Consultations

Do you need assistance with career services, finding funding, developing an IDP or have questions but don't know whom to ask or where to go? Click here to schedule a One-on-One consultation with Kim Patton.

ND Calendar & Events

For a full listing of events on the Notre Dame campus for the week of January 20, 2015 - click here.

Academic iNDex

  • A secure, easily accessible, online repository for your academic and professional information
  • An index of your publications, presentations, grants, work history, and other academic achievements
  • A resource for identifying scholars eligible for specific grant and fellowship opportunities
  • A tool to quickly create personalized CVs, resume, lists of publication or presentations, and more
For more information about Academic iNDex and how to use it, click here.

Versatile PhD - Humanities & Social Sciences
  • Discover interesting career paths as an alternative to the faculty track
  • Join a large community of post-academics to consult about your situation and the versatility of your PhD, MA, or postdoctoral appointment
  • Read job listings appropriate for postdocs
  • Network with successful post-academic PhDs nationwide
For more information about Versatile PhD and how to use it, click here.

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Postdoc Corner
Why You (Yes, You!) Should Write Book Reviews


Casey Brienza for Inside Higher Ed


The conventional wisdom is that graduate students shouldn't take time to write academic book reviews. There's just not enough in it for them, the thinking goes.


Now granted, I am not a career adviser by trade, and I have no particular privileged insight into the academic hiring process. Nor would I deny the important credentialing functions of academic writing. But as a sociologist who has studied the publishing industry, I disagree with the dismissive attitude many show about book reviewing.


Book reviews should not, in my view, be understood as a matter of individual profit and/or loss. They are, rather, for the collective good; they are important voluntary inputs into the wider system of academic book publishing upon which the contemporary academic profession is symbiotically dependent.


How, then, should a Ph.D. student, or indeed an academic at any career stage, actually think about writing book reviews? I would suggest that you begin by thinking sociologically about who benefits. 


To read the full article by Brienza, click here.

Seeking Postdoc Volunteers

The Postdoc Office is looking for volunteers for Translation and Interpretation Services.


We are looking for volunteers to act as translators or interpreters for incoming international postdocs. You may be asked to accompany the incoming postdoc to Human Resources to complete their incoming paperwork and/or accompany the incoming postdoc to their Postdoc Office Welcome.


If you have a high level of proficiency in ANY language and would like to be included in the volunteer Interpreter Database please complete this short form.


The ND Postdoc Newsletter wants to share your research or article you have written with the ND Postdoc Community.  If you would like to submit an article for the newsletter, please email Kim Patton.

Career Services
Notre Dame Winter Career Fair


Looking for a job in industry? Attend the Notre Dame Winter Career Fair

  • Date: January 29, 2015
  • Time: 4:00 pm - 8:00 pm
  • Location: Joyce Fieldhouse (map)
  • List of Employers: As of 1.20.15
  • More information, click here

Need help prepping for the career fair? Schedule a consultation with Kim Patton.


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Careers in Technology for Humanities and Social Science PhDs, Jan. 26-30, 2015


Versatile PhD


Let's kill the cliche that humanists and social scientists can't have or don't want careers in technology. Technology is everywhere, and with its seemingly endless expansion, so too has opportunity expanded, for people with many different knowledge bases and skill sets. Humanists and social scientists who enjoy technology may be able to wedge themselves in and build a very interesting career centered on technology.


Join us for the week of January 26-30 for an asynchronous, web-based panel discussion of Careers in Technology for Humanities and Social Science PhDs. This panel discussion will feature a group of H/SS PhDs who have bootstrapped their way into technology careers and now play diverse technology-centered roles in a wide variety of organizations. Either they are working in overtly technological companies, or in technology-centered roles within other types of organizations. Panelists will introduce themselves Monday, January 26 and will answer your questions for the rest of the week through Friday, January 30.


To participate, join VPhD if you haven't already, then visit the Humanities forum any time that week. Look for threads beginning with the word "Panel." No special registration or sign-up for the panel discussion is required beyond simply joining the Versatile PhD community. Joining automatically gets you access to the discussion forum and therefore to the panel. Anyone may join VPhD for free and enjoy this great web-based discussion. 


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5 Interview Questions CEOs Really Ask 
(and How to Answer Them)


Lily Zhang for The Muse


For most positions, it's unlikely that you'll actually be interviewing with the CEO or president of a company. But, in case you ever do have a one-on-one with the big boss-or are meeting with someone who strives to interview the same way-why not be prepared?


Here are five real interview questions from chief executives pulled from the New York Times' Corner Office interviews-plus some tips on how to best answer them. 


Click here to read the full article by Zhang.


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The Inverse Interview

Elizabeth H. Simmons for Inside Higher Ed


I recently read Edmond Lau's terrific article for engineering job candidates, which stressed that the interviewee must ask thoughtful questions of the interviewer. Being in the middle of the faculty search season at my college, I was struck by the soundness of the advice - and the need for an article tailored to candidates for academic positions.


When I interview faculty candidates during their first visit to campus, I both ask them open-ended questions and give them time to pose some in return. Over the last decade, I've noticed that the matters about which the candidate quizzes me are nearly as informative as the candidate's answers to my own queries.


Unfortunately, certain patterns among a candidate's questions can convey negative impressions about the individual's understanding of the academic unit's mission or degree of preparation for a faculty role. 


Click here to read the full article by Simmons.


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Funding Opportunties
There are several funding opportunities for ND Postdocs.  Here is a list.  Links are provided for specific details to each award below.

Provides opportunities for scientists and engineers to learn first-hand about policymaking and implementation while contributing their knowledge and analytical skills to policymakers.


For more information on the AAAS Fellowship Resources, click here.

The Illinois-Indiana and Wisconsin Sea Grant College Programs issue this joint call for proposals to 1) increase resilience of Lake Michigan coastal communities to severe weather events and 2) advance risk-based weather forecasts and communications for the Great Lakes region. Research is to be conducted in the 2016-2017 biennium. 


For more information on the Indiana-Illinois Sea Grant, click here.

The Indiana Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute (CTSI) is seeking applicants for postdoctoral training awards in translational research. 


For more information on the Indiana CTSI Awards and a link to the application, click here.

Professional Development
Graduate School Professional Development Programs

All postdocs may take professional development programs from the Graduate School.  Here are the upcoming programs:


Friday, January 16th
    • Community Engagement and Higher Education: History, Contexts, and Future 
    • 11:45am - 1:45pm
      • Location: Geddes Hall Coffee House
Thursday, January 22nd
    • EAP Workshop: How to Improve Your Academic English 
    • 6:30 - 7:45pm
      • Location: 303 DeBartolo Hall

For workshop descriptions and registration instructions, click here. 


Workshops from the Kaneb Center

Are you interested in learning more about discipline-specific teaching and learning in the university setting? The university offers short credit-bearing summer graduate courses on university teaching and learning in various fields!  Consider enrolling in one of the fall workshops.


 For workshop descriptions, click here.


Hesburgh Libraries and Center for Digital Scholarship Workshops

The Hesburgh Libraries and Center for Digital Scholarship workshops are offered to all ND Postdocs.

More information:


English for Academic Purposes Workshops

The Center for the Study of Languages and Cultures' English for Academic Purposes program offers workshops that are open to all ND Postdocs.


Questions? Contact Lisa Joy Oglesbee


PhD Humor

The views and opinions expressed in the media, articles, and comments included in this newsletter are solely the views and expressions of the original sources' authors and contributors, and do not necessarily represent those of the University of Notre Dame, The Graduate School, or the Office of Postdoctoral Scholars. 

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