August 25, 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 August 24, 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
GPS for Mind, Body & Soul
Social Media

Postdoc Corner
Inertia vs. Freedom

It happens like clockwork each semester. Two weeks after a course begins, I brace myself for a wave of student complaints about the daily workload of questions, reading quizzes, and recurring tasks. I never cave to their demands, for I know just as surely that the flood of protests will begin to wither and, by the fourth week of the term, will have disappeared entirely.

The unrelenting work remains, so what's changed? Nothing. Once people develop a habit they accept it as part of a regular routine. Not only do students stop griping, they appreciate the rhythmic structure that the continuing assignments afford.

Click here for the full article by Werth.

by Jane E. Dmochowski for The Chronicle of Higher Education

Do most professors wish they could teach their students how to be students before the first class, or is it just the inner control freak in me?

Last fall, in an effort to help my students avoid doing things that frustrate their teachers, including me, I posted an article on my course website under the header "10 Things Every College Professor Hates," written by a sociology professor at Occidental College. I thought it was a lighthearted (and yes, indirect, since I hadn't written the piece) way for me to make my life easier by changing their behavior. Even more important, I wanted to prevent students from having a negative relationship with me and other faculty members.

Click here for the full article by Dmochowski.
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
Advice for Aspiring Academics

by Philip Nel for Inside Higher Ed

As we approach a new academic year, graduate students, postdocs, adjuncts and others are eyeing the job market warily and wondering, How do I get a tenure-track job? Here are a dozen pieces of advice to help get you to the interview and, with luck, onto the tenure track.

1. Publish everything. A conference paper is half an essay (or chapter). Once you've given your presentation, develop a full version and send it out to a peer-reviewed publication. Or if it's part of a book, write the rest of the chapter.

Click here to read the full article by Nel.

How to Network Your Way to a New Job - Through Email

by Donna Fuscaldo for glassdoor
Old fashioned face-to-face networking is still an important ingredient to any job search, but increasingly email is becoming a valuable tool.

Consider this: according to a new Robert Half survey of chief financial officers, 50% of respondents said they opt for email to keep in touch with professional colleagues, up from 22% in 2012. Meanwhile only 18% said they like to use social media to network online, down from 45% in 2012.

When it comes to networking the "pendulum is swinging back toward more one-to-one correspondence," says Paul McDonald, senior executive director at staffing company Robert Half International. "CFOs are using social media networking less because they are conservative in nature."

Click here to read the full article by Fuscaldo.

Events and Groups
Our Universe Revealed: Physics for Everyone 

Have you ever seen phenomena in the world around us and been puzzled by what was going on? Or have you looked up at the night-sky to see the stars and wanted to know more? How about a science article you've seen in the news?
Our Universe Revealed aims to give you an insight into the world and universe around us, demystifying phenomena and explaining the concepts which govern everything we see.
Hosted by the Department of Physics at the University of Notre Dame, this public talk series aims to make Physics accessible to all; you don't need a background in mathematics or physics - it's our job to explain the fundamentals of our universe in an easy to understand way. Events are held on select Tuesday, with talks beginning at 7pm and lasting around 30 minutes, with an interactive event to follow including stargazing at the campus observatory or shows under the dome of the  Digital Visualization Theater.

First talk: Dr. Grant Matthews, "The Real Big Bang Theory: Birth of the Universe and the Meaning of Space-time"
  • Date: September 1, 2015
  • Time: 7:00 pm
  • Location: 101 Jordan Hall of Science 
  • More info: clink here

Library New North Entrance Gallery 

Scheduled to open Monday, August 24th 

The library is ready to welcome postdocs, students and faculty back to campus! The new North Entrance Gallery, 2-story atrium, North Reading Room and skylight mark the beginning of many transformative changes yet to come. Please stop by for a visit and see for yourself as the library kick off the fall term.

More detailed information here.

Graduate Student & Postdoctoral Fellow Lightning Talks | 
ND Day of Digital Humanities | Digital Week 2015
New Technologies, New Knowledge

The Center of Digital Scholarship and the Office of Digital Learning invite lightning talk proposals from graduate students and postdoctoral fellows for ND Day of Digital Humanities 2015. The lightning talk session is intended to provide presenters with an opportunity to showcase their research as well as facilitate networking among presenters and attendees. This fast-paced event is a great opportunity to share your research with the campus community and to develop your communication skills.

  • Date: September 24, 2015
  • Time: 9:30 AM - 11:00 AM
  • Location: Hesburgh Library Center for Digital Scholarship (1st Floor Northeast)
  • More Info: Click here
  • Questions? cds@nd.edu

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.


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Professional Development
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. 


Workshops from the Kaneb Center


Are you interested in learning more about discipline-specific teaching and learning in the university setting?  The university offers workshops on university teaching and learning in various fields through the Kaneb Center!  Consider enrolling in one of the workshops.


For workshop descriptions, 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 Fall 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 for Postdoctoral Scholars.