May 10, 2016
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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 May 09, 2016 - 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
4 Lessons for Aspiring Administrators

by Kevin Gannon for Vitae

Two years ago, in the second-most significant event in my academic career (getting an espresso machine was No. 1), I moved into a position with a half-time administrative load at my university. In becoming the director of our teaching center, my role was defined as half-faculty, half-administrator - or "staffulty," as a colleague suggested.

I had previously served three years as chair of my small department, but at my university - as is the case with many small institutions, I suspect - department chairs aren't really seen as a group apart. We received release time from teaching (one course a year), and a nominal (really nominal) stipend. Chairs were signers-of-forms and go-betweens more than administrators in our own right.

Click here to read the full article by Gannon. 

Navigating Conflict

by Elizabeth Suarez for Inside Higher Ed

How many of us wake up in the morning ready to confront conflict? My guess is not many. Unfortunately, we live in a world where conflict surrounds us on a daily basis. And if we are choosing to lead in higher education, we can count on conflict from various directions.

Click here to read the full article by Suarez. 

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
The 8 Best Questions to Ask a Job Interviewer

by Aaron Guerrero for U.S. News & World Report

Here's what you should ask during an interview and how to interpret the responses.

Q1: How has this position evolved since it was created?

Click here to read the rest of the questions and interpretations by Guerrero. 

5 Biggest Lies You Believe About Networking

Too often, networking is the office equivalent of getting a root canal, right after tedious meetings and inefficient emails. You go through the motions of meeting new colleagues and connecting with experts in your industry because that's what you were taught to do in college; not necessarily because you recognize the benefits of it.

If you don't see the value in expanding your professional connections, you're more likely to make networking mistakes.

Click here to read the full article by Murphy. 

International Postdocs
6 week Summer English as a Second Language Class for Spouses
  • Date: Wednesday, June 1st through Monday, July 11th (no class on July 4th)
  • Days: Every Monday and Wednesday 
  • Time: 9:00am - 11:00am in 
  • Location: 303 Main Building (map)
Instructors: Beverly Wills, Ed.D. and Hong Zhu, Ed.D. will be co-teaching the class. 

Registration: Students can register and pay on the first day of class, or you may stop by the International Student & Scholar Affairs office, 105 Main Building (map), to register between 8:30AM - 4:30PM

Cost: $60.00 payable by check or credit card only.

For more information, click here.

Last Payment Information

Last week the Office for Postdoctoral Scholars sent an email to all current ND International Postdocs regarding the last payment and tax refund issues.

When an appointment comes to an end, some postdocs are having problems getting their last payment of salary transferred from the local financial institution to their home country financial institution. To help with this potential issue for International Postdocs, our office worked with the Office of Treasury and Office of Human Resources to create a checklist. This checklist will assist you with determining what is the best way to get your last payment and any tax refund you may receive for working at the University of Notre Dame.

You may find the checklist on the Postdoc website here.

Events and Workshops 
ND Postdoc Women's 2-Part Series on Being Successful in the Workplace

Week 2: Successfully Negotiating as a Woman in a Man's Game: Women are known to be poor negotiators. Yet, unknown to many, women actually have several characteristics that can make them great negotiators. We talk about women's strengths as negotiators and identify strategies that can help women get what they want from a negotiation. We will focus specifically on strategies for job negotiations.
  • Date: Tuesday, May 10th
  • Time: 12pm - 1pm
  • Location: DeBartolo Hall, room 213
  • Please feel free to bring your lunch
  • Register here to let us know you are coming
Speaker: McKenzie Rees, ND Postdoc in the Mendoza College of Business. For more information on McKenzie and her research, click here.

For more information, click here to check the Postdoc website.

Funding Opportunties

ND Energy offers competitive fellowships for undergraduate and graduate students and postdoctoral research associates to conduct energy-related research at Notre Dame. These fellowships support new advancements in energy technologies, while broadening the educational experiences for students and postdocs receiving these awards. If you are interested in energy-related research and would like to apply for a postdoc fellowship, please click on the appropriate link below. For Postdocs, the applications will be accepted year round. 

Click here for the ND Energy Postdoctoral Fellowship Program application guidelines.

Information is also available via the Funding Opportunities Webpage with an ND Net ID and Password required. If you have questions or would like additional information, please contact Barbara Villarosa (574-631-4776).

Professional Development
Graduate School Professional Development Programs
All postdocs may take professional development programs from the Graduate School. 

For more information on programming or to register, please click here.

Workshops from the Writing Center 
Use Writing to Teach Critical Thinking

Want to transform your students into active learners, engage them in solving disciplinary problems, and foster their critical thinking? Research shows that one of the best ways to achieve these goals is to integrate writing assignments into your classes. The University Writing Center is pleased to offer consultations with instructors who want help designing and integrating writing assignments. We welcome instructors from every discipline, especially STEM subjects. Email writing@nd.edu with the subject "Teaching Consultation" to set up a meeting!

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 Spring 2016 webinars, click here.

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

Click here for this week's list of workshops.

All CDS workshops take place in the CDS Classroom (Room 129), Hesburgh Library 1st Floor Northeast.

Research & Statistical Tools Boot Camp
Join the Hesburgh Libraries Center for Digital Scholarship and the Center for Social Research for a two-day session of modules covering specific statistical software packages / programming languages, advanced Qualtrics, coding for geographic information systems software, and technical/scientific document preparation/citation management. Please click the registration link below for information on dates/times, as well as information on what each module covers.
Wednesday, 5/11
  • 9:30 AM Network Analysis
  • 12:30 PM ArcGIS & Python
  • 2:30 PM Introduction to LaTeX Typesetting
Thursday, 5/12
  • 9:30 AM Advanced Qualtrics
  • 12:30 PM Introduction to R and RStudio
  • 2:30 PM Introduction to Stata
CDS Workshop Information and Registration:  library.nd.edu/cds/workshops
Library Workshop Calendar: nd.libcal.com/calendar/allworkshops
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.


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