January 27, 2015
In This Issue

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Important Resources

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 26, 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.

Spotlight Jobs of the Week
Helpful Hints

Positive Productivity Points

By Kat Moon for The Muse

GPS for Mind, Body & Soul

by Allison Elissa Cardy for the Huffington Post



Social Media

Postdoc Corner
TEDxUND 2015

The University will present TEDxUND 2015, featuring a diverse lineup of speakers which includes Mark Doerries, ND Postdoc in Sacred Music, exploring the topic "What if Children Led Our Communities," on Friday, Feb. 27 (second session) in the DeBartolo Performing Arts Center. Enter the ticket lottery by Tuesday, Feb. 3 here

Come out and support your fellow ND Postdoc, Mark Doerries!

Writerly, Readerly, and Strategic: Practices for Getting Published

Pat Thomson for Patter


Last week I had to give a very short talk about my top tips for early career publishing. In very abbreviated form, here are the first three things I said about some important scholarly practices that underpin successful writing and publishing.


Be writerly. By this I mean to say that you need to think of yourself as a writer. Writing is not an add-on to the "real" academic work of research and teaching. It is the work. Writing is an integral to research and to teaching. Seeing yourself as a writer means:

  1. Making time for writing as part of your usual, average work week.
  2. Setting yourself up for writing. 
  3. Valuing writing.

To read the full article by Thomson, 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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The Right References


Christine Kelly for Inside Higher Ed


I've had conversations recently with colleagues who are in the reference-check phase for candidates they would like to hire, and in some cases the references are not helping those candidates. 


Getting good references can be a challenge, and as a job candidate you need to think carefully about who will be the best advocate for you. Future employers have high hopes that your references will say good things about you so they can feel confident they are hiring the best person for the job. But your candidacy can be sidelined if your references raise red flags. And this can happen in both academic and non-academic job searches. So before you ask someone to be a reference for you, here are some things to consider to make sure you get an excellent endorsement when it's time. 


Click here to read the full article by Kelly.


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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 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.

International Postdocs
Tax Assistance Program

The Notre Dame Saint Mary's College Tax Assistance Program (TAP) offers free tax return preparation services to international visitors. All international visitors in F-1 or J-1 status MUST file a tax return, even if they earned no income during 2014.

Tax services to international clients are by appointment only. Due to the many variables in international client tax situations, all international visitors are required to use the online Appointment Scheduling Process (ASP) to schedule their appointments. The ASP will guide tax clients to the preparer best suited to assist in their tax return preparations.

You may access the ASP here beginning on February 9, 2015. You will log in using your NetID and password. There are many special circumstances considered in preparing tax returns. Based on your circumstances, the online ASP system will provide you with online help and instructions on each screen. Please follow all instructions carefully.

For more information about TAP, 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:


Wednesday, January 28th
    • EAP Workshop: Interviewing and Networking Strategies for Graduate Students 
      • 6:30 - 7:45pm
      • Location: 303 DeBartolo Hall

Thursday, January 29th

    • Academic iNDex Jumpstart
      • 4:00 - 5:00pm
      • Location: 131 DeBartolo Hall

Monday, February 2nd

    • EAP Workshop: CVs for International Students
      • 6:30 - 7:45pm
      • Location: 303 DeBartolo Hall

For workshop descriptions and registration instructions, click here. 


Workshops from the NCFDD

The National Center for Faculty Development and Diversity is an independent professional development, training and mentoring community of over 71,000 graduate students, postdocs, and faculty members. The NCDFF is 100% dedicated to supporting academics in making successful transitions throughout their careers.  They offer on-campus workshops, professional development training, and intensive mentoring programs.


The University of Notre Dame is an institutional member of the NCFDD. Through Notre Dame's membership, ND Postdocs may claim an Institutional Sub-account Membership at no cost and enjoy all the benefits of a NCFDD Individual Membership.  Register here to join NCFDD.


For a list of the Spring 2015 webinars, 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.


Friday, January 30th

    • Finding Images: Teaching and Researching through ARTstor
      • 11:00am - 12:30pm
      • Location: CDS Classroom (Rm 129), 1st Floor Hesburgh Library
    • 3D Modeling with Autodesk Fusion 360
      • 2:00 - 4:30pm
      • Location: 101 DeBartolo Hall
More information: library.nd.edu/cds/workshops
Questions? cds@nd.edu


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

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