May 19, 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 May 11, 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.

National Postdoctoral Association (NPA)


The NPA is a member-driven organization that provides a unique, national voice for postdoctoral scholars. Since 2003, they have taken on the ambitious agenda to enhance the quality of the postdoctoral experience in the US. They have assumed a leadership role in addressing the many issues confronting the postdoctoral community that are national in scope and requiring action beyond the local level. 

  • The University of Notre Dame is a sustaining member of the NPA.
  • ND Postdocs can join the NPA for free.
  • Learn about the benefits of a NPA membership here.
For more information about the NPA and to become a member, 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

Positive Productivity Points

By Alan Henry for Life Hacker

By Kat Moon for The Muse



Social Media

Postdoc Corner
Why I Love Academic Conferences


Devoney Looser for The Chronicle of Higher Education


As I write, I've just returned from the annual meeting of the American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies, a vibrant interdisciplinary conference of 900. I've attended that meeting for nearly 25 years - from graduate school through the tenure track, and while pregnant, nursing, and corralling toddlers. In part, that's because 20 years ago at this same conference, I met the man I married. It's provided us with a terrific courtship story that many have tired of hearing.


To say that conferences have shaped every part of my life is no exaggeration. Of course, I've gone to meetings that have had less of an impact - you can't fall in love every time. But conferences can be some of the most socially sustaining, intellectually stimulating, and career-enriching experiences in academe. So how do you make the most of them, beyond truisms like "Work hard and play hard"? 


Click here for the full article by Looser.


How to Apply for Research Funding: 10 Tips for Academics


Helen Lock for The Guardian


Winning funding for your research ideas is tough, and there is growing pressure in all disciplines to get grants. While there's no easy way to write a successful application, there are some steps you can take to make the process less stressful. We asked reviewers and researchers to share their advice. 


Click here to see all 10 tips and full article by Lock.


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
Postdoc to Faculty Workshop

Looking for a job in the academy after your postdoc? Want some inside tips on how a current ND Postdoc got a job as an Assistant Professor?  Come to the Postdoc to Faculty Workshop.  


Mary Sajini Devadas (bio), ND Postdoc in Chemistry/Biochemistry will share with you how she got a position inside the academy.  Mary has accepted a position as an Assistant Professor of Chemistry at Towson University in Maryland beginning Fall 2015.

  • Date: Thursday, June 4th
  • Time: 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
  • Location: LaFortune Student Center, 1st Floor, Montgomery Auditorium
  • Registration: Click here to let us know you are coming

Please feel free to bring your lunch.  



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Critical Thinking Definition (with Examples)


Alison Doyle for About Careers


Critical thinking is one of the most sought after qualities for job candidates. In fact, there were almost 50,000 job postings on Indeed when I searched recently by the keywords "critical thinking."


Employers listed this skill as a job qualification in a broad range of job postings including both professional and non-professional positions. 


Click here to read the full article by Doyle.


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ACS Virtual Career Fair


The ACS Virtual Career Fair eliminates geographical barriers, enabling job seekers and employers to connect with each other no matter where they are. Interviews take place via text or video chat, plus there are virtual forums for job seekers and employers to meet informally.  Job seekers can connect with employers from their homes, offices, or from the dedicated computer stations we'll have on hand at the Onsite Career Fair.  In addition, virtual job seekers can schedule one-on-one career consultants and attend live events via webcast (or view them later on demand).  Enhance your job search by participating fully in both onsite and online sections of the ACS Career Fair.
  • Date: June 1 & 2, 2015
  • Location: Connect from anywhere in the world!
  • Hours: (subject to change)
    • o    All times are Central Time
    • o    June 1: 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM CT
    • o    June 2: 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM CT
  • For more information and registration information, click here.

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Library Information and Services for Postdocs

One Button Studio Opens in Hesburgh Library Lower Level
In partnership with OIT, Hesburgh Libraries is piloting the new One Button Studio, a fully-featured digital video production studio that is designed to be both powerful and easy-to-use, requiring no prior video production experience.  The studio is available for use by all ND faculty, staff, and students (valid NDID required).

Examples of studio projects might include activities such as:

  • practicing presentations
  • creating videos for online instruction
  • recording training or professional development modules
  • creating ePortfolio materials or video essays

More information and reservations, click here.


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Events and Groups

  • Are you a postdoc in a committed relationship? 
  • Would you and your significant other like to get to know other couples and families? 
  • Then join the Graduate Spouse and Partner Network (GSPN) here at Notre Dame! 

The goal of the GSPN is to act as a sustainable support system and social networking community for the significant others of all graduate students and postdocs and their partners, and to facilitate their involvement in the Notre Dame and South Bend communities. All significant others, partners, spouses, boyfriends, girlfriends, and anyone in a committed relationship with a University of Notre Dame post-baccalaureate student or postdoc are welcome and encouraged to join the GSPN along with their partner. Significant others and/or graduate students/postdocs do not need to be based in South Bend to join the group. Join today and start receiving information on our community events and small interest groups, like Ultimate Frisbee, Kickball, Film Night, and Craft Night! To sign up to receive more information about the GSPN and possibly get involved, simply visit this REGISTRATION LINK 


For more information on the GSPN, email Tony.


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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.

There is a new list of external funding databases on the ND Postdoc website for postdocs to search.  Look under the Additional Resources heading on the External Funding page.


Click here to see the list.

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.


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Endeavour Scholarships and Fellowships are internationally competitive, merit-based scholarships provided by the Australian Government that support citizens around the world to undertake study, research and professional development in Australia and for Australians to do the same overseas. 


For more information on the Endeavor Scholarships and Fellowships, click here.



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This Travel Award Program provides funding to assist early career researchers in attending a scientific conference where their research has been accepted for presentation.


For more information on the PLOS Early Career Travel Awards, click here.


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Professional Development
Teaching (with) Writing
  • GRED 60615 Teaching (with) Writing (1 cr.)
  • 05/26-06/04 TWR 9:00a - 11:05a
  • CRN 3900
  • Matthew Capdevielle, University Writing Program
This course is for graduate students, post-doctoral scholars, and faculty looking to enhance their teaching by honing their skills as teachers of writing in their home disciplines. Participants will develop a deeper understanding of the role that writing plays in the learning process and will use that understanding to design writing assignments and activities that best support the learning goals of participants' courses. Topics covered will include:
  • Understanding the role of writing in the learning process
  • Understanding the writing process itself
  • Designing writing assignments to foster creativity, deepen understanding, and ensure academic integrity.
  • Defining standards for evaluation of student writing
  • Commenting on student writing (to maximize the learning benefit for students and minimize the time spent grading)
  • Using rubrics for assessment
  • Handling plagiarism
  • Productive conferencing with students (one-to-one)
Click here to enroll!


Graduate School Professional Development Programs

The Graduate School's Professional Development workshops will begin again in Fall 2015.  All postdocs may take professional development programs from the Graduate School.  


For workshop descriptions and registration instructions, click here. 


Summer 2015 Reading Groups from the Kaneb Center


The Kaneb Center purchases books on teaching and learning in higher education for small informal reading groups. This service is available to faculty, graduate student teaching assistants, and postdoctoral scholars. Sign up and review recommended books on our website


For more information on the services and resources from the Kaneb Center, 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 Summer 2015 webinars, 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: 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.


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.