About

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Welcome!

My name is Dr. Laura Carlson, and I serve as dean of the Graduate School, as well as vice president and associate provost, and professor of psychology. 

At the Notre Dame Graduate School, we are the home of academic excellence driven by the conviction that your research matters.

We are here because of the discoveries you will make. We are here because of the innovations you will create. We are here because you will illuminate truth and beauty. We are here because you will advance human understanding in service of the common good.

We are here because of you.

We are deeply invested in your success. We know that our voice is best heard through the impact your research will have. To that end we work in concert with world-class faculty across a variety of disciplines to develop your expertise. We offer individualized attention in nurturing departments, all within the context of a broad, robustly-resourced research university. We are renowned worldwide for our academic excellence and we welcome you to the conversations taking place in our vibrant intellectual community.

At the heart of our conviction that your research matters is our belief that providing you with a nourishing environment will best enable your scholastic contributions to shine. Thus our holistic approach to Graduate Training emphasizes professional development and well-being, understanding that students who have had these needs met have greater likelihood of academic impact.

Through our outstanding Graduate Training model, we empower you to follow in the university’s Catholic mission to extend learning towards universal enrichment, furnishing you with resources and guidance as you hone your plan for contributing in the public sphere beyond Notre Dame. At the same time, we understand that your life experience is not purely intellectual and occupational, put physical, emotional, spiritual, and social. We dedicate ourselves to fostering you in each of these areas.

We recognize that you are a student of your discipline today, but a steward of the discipline tomorrow. We are honored to prepare you as a future academic or professional leader to enter the arena of public discourse on pressing contemporary issues, to contribute to a life-affirming understanding of our world, and to embody the call of our founder Father Sorin to be a force for good.

502 Main Building
Notre Dame, IN 46556 USA
Fax: (574) 631-4183

Main Phone: (574) 631-7544
Main Email: GradSch@nd.edu

Admissions Phone: (574) 631-7706
Admissions Email: GradApp@nd.edu

Grad School Organizational Chart (PDF; last update: September, 2018)

Dean's Office

  • Laura Carlson, Ph.D.

    Vice President and Associate Provost, Dean of the Graduate School, Professor of Psychology

    Laura Carlson

    Laura Carlson, Ph.D.

    Vice President and Associate Provost, Dean of the Graduate School, Professor of Psychology

    (574) 631-8052
    lcarlson@nd.edu

    • Voice of the Graduate School
    • Innovation in Graduate Training
    • Strategic Planning and Development
    • Graduate Program Assessment
    • Policy and Program Design
    Laura Carlson
  • Christal Colbert

    Officer Assistant

    Christal Colbert

    Christal Colbert

    Officer Assistant

    (574) 631-8052
    ccolbert@nd.edu

    • Officer Assistant to the Dean
    • Calendaring Advisory Council (Fall and Spring Meetings)
    • Coordinate Provost Committee Meetings (Academic Council, ND Lead, PAC, UCWFS)
    Christal Colbert
  • Brian Flaherty

    Program Director, Strategic Initiatives

    Brian Flaherty

    Brian Flaherty

    Program Director, Strategic Initiatives

    (574) 631-2705
    flaherty.27@nd.edu

    • Strategic Planning and Projects
    • Student Funding Administration
    • External Fellowship Administration
    • Fellowship Stewardship
    • Professional Development
    • Recruiting Funds to Programs
    Brian Flaherty
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Graduate Enrollment Management

  • Nyrée McDonald, Ph.D.

    Associate Dean, Graduate Enrollment Management

    Nyrée McDonald

    Nyrée McDonald, Ph.D.

    Associate Dean, Graduate Enrollment Management

    (574)-631-8421
    Nyree.V.McDonald.67@nd.edu

    • Support Programs with Individual Recruitment Efforts and Admissions
    • Manage Online Application and Recruitment System
    • Dual Degree and Exchange Programs
    • Oversee Student Progress from Matriculation to Graduation
    Nyrée McDonald
  • Linda Chism

    Recruitment Coordinator

    Linda Chism

    Linda Chism

    Recruitment Coordinator

    (574) 631-4694
    lchism@nd.edu

    • Recruitment of Prospective Students
    • Recruiting Events and Reports
    • Summer Research Opportunities Program
    • Dual Degree and Exchange Programs
    • Slate specialist
    Linda Chism
  • Deanne (Dee) Gipson, Ph.D.

    Program Director, Recruitment Strategies

    Deanne (Dee) Gipson

    Deanne (Dee) Gipson, Ph.D.

    Program Director, Recruitment Strategies

    (574) 631 2811
    dgipson1@nd.edu

    • Recruiting for Science, Engineering, Arts & Letters, and Keough School programs (Ph.D. & Master's), and Professional Master's programs
    Deanne (Dee) Gipson
  • Mellisa Crisan

    Admissions Coordinator

    Mellisa Crisan

    Mellisa Crisan

    Admissions Coordinator

    (574) 631-5489
    mcrisan@nd.edu

    • A-L: Application Processing and Admission Decisions
    • A-L: Immigration Documentation
    • A-L: Creation of Live Student Records
    • Verification of All Applicant Data
    • Application System Updates
    Mellisa Crisan
  • Shalon McClatchey

    Admissions Coordinator

    Shalon McClatchey

    Shalon McClatchey

    Admissions Coordinator

    (574) 631-4695
    smcclatc@nd.edu

    • M-Z: Application Processing and Admission Decisions
    • M-Z: Immigration Documentation
    • M-Z: Creation of Live Student Records
    • Verification of All Applicant Data
    • Slate Specialist
    • Slate: Manage User Accounts
    • Slate: One-on-One Training for Program Assistants/Coordinators
    Shalon McClatchey
  • Maureen Collins

    Program Director, Academic Services

    Maureen Collins

    Maureen Collins

    Program Director, Academic Services

    (574) 631-5926
    mcollin5@nd.edu

    • Add/Drops, Course Audits, and Grade Changes
    • Application to Degree Candidacy
    • E-forms
    • Graduation and Degree Audits
    • Leave of Absence
    • Reports (Graduate School)
    • Transfer of Credits
    Maureen Collins
  • Kelly Donndelinger

    Financial Analyst

    Kelly Donndelinger

    Kelly Donndelinger

    Financial Analyst

    (574) 631-8422
    kdonndel@nd.edu

    • Steward Financial Awards: Health Insurance Subsidies, Tuition Scholarships, NSF GRFP Fellowships
    • Review/Approve Graduate Stipends and Hourly Jobs; Policy Compliance
    • Reconcile Graduate Program Budgets and Provide ad hoc Reporting
    • Administer Graduate School Professional Development Awards Cycle and Budget
    • Administer Tenure-Tenure Track Reappointment and Promotion Cycle (Provost Office)
    Kelly Donndelinger
  • Shari Hill Sweet

    Editor, Webmaster and Publications Manager

    Shari Hill Sweet

    Shari Hill Sweet

    Editor, Webmaster and Publications Manager

    (574) 631-7545
    shill2@nd.edu

    • Doctoral Dissertations and Master's Theses
    • Editor, Annual Policy Updates
    • ProQuest/UMI Liaison
    • Access to OnBase, SharePoint, Slate (back-up)
    • Graduate School Email Groups
    • Website Maintenance
    Shari Hill Sweet
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Academic Enhancements

  • Demetra Schoenig

    Director, Academic Enhancements

    Demetra Schoenig

    Demetra Schoenig

    Director, Academic Enhancements

    (574) 631-7633
    Schoenig.2@nd.edu

    • Convene and Facilitate Professional Development
    • Network in Service of Notre Dame's Holistic Graduate Training Model
    • Provide Oversight for the Grants and Fellowships Office, Postdoc Office, and Events and Communications Functions
    • Budget, Human Resources, Financial Policies, and Operations Manager
    • Strategic Initiatives for Provost Office
    Demetra Schoenig
  • Dawn Rizek

    Program Manager, Operations

    Dawn Rizek

    Dawn Rizek

    Program Manager, Operations

    (574) 631-1704
    drizek@nd.edu

    • Designs and executes signature academic ceremonies
      • Orientation, Ethics Workshop, and Commencement
    • Project management and planning
    • CRM implementation and training 
    Dawn Rizek
  • Aaron Bell

    Graphic Designer, Communications Specialist

    Aaron Bell

    Aaron Bell

    Graphic Designer, Communications Specialist

    (574) 631-9395
    aaronbell@nd.edu

    • Social Media
    • Graphic Design
    • Premium Content Development
    • Design Work for Graduate Programs
    Aaron Bell
  • Nora Kenney

    Communications Specialist, Writer

    Nora Kenney

    Nora Kenney

    Communications Specialist, Writer

    (574) 631-6345
    hkenney@nd.edu

    • Writing and Editing
    • Public Relations
    • Graphic Design and Infographics
    • Stories and Voice for Graduate Programs

    Nora Kenney
  • Samantha Lee, Ph.D.

    Program Director, Office of Grants and Fellowships

    Samantha Lee

    Samantha Lee, Ph.D.

    Program Director, Office of Grants and Fellowships

    (574) 631-2443
    Samantha.Lee@nd.edu

    • Representative for Nationally Competitive Grant and Fellowship Programs
    • Manage External Grant and Fellowship Selection Processes
    • Provide Strategic Leadership in Grantsmanship
    • Guide Students in Identifying and Obtaining Successful Extramural Funding
    Samantha Lee
  • Valli Sarveswaran, Ph.D.

    Associate Program Director, Office for Postdoctoral Scholars

    Valli Sarveswaran

    Valli Sarveswaran, Ph.D.

    Associate Program Director, Office for Postdoctoral Scholars

    (574) 631-8109
    vsarvesw@nd.edu

    • Mentoring and Professional Development for Postdoctoral Scholars
    • Postdoc Career Counseling
    • Community Development for Postdoctoral Scholars
    • Policies and Procedures for Postdoctoral Scholars
    Valli Sarveswaran
  • Kathryn Sawyer (Vidrine), Ph.D. Candidate

    Assistant Program Director, Office of Grants and Fellowships

    Kathryn Sawyer (Vidrine)

    Kathryn Sawyer (Vidrine), Ph.D. Candidate

    Assistant Program Director, Office of Grants and Fellowships

    (574) 631-1713
    ksawyer2@nd.edu

    • Assist with External Grant and Fellowship Programs
    • Assist with Grant and Fellowship Selection Processes
    • Assist Students with Locating, Strategizing For, and Winning Grants and Fellowships
    Kathryn Sawyer (Vidrine)
  • Diana Dickson

    Program Coordinator, Office for Postdoctoral Scholars

    Diana Dickson

    Diana Dickson

    Program Coordinator, Office for Postdoctoral Scholars

    (574) 631-8208
    ddickson@nd.edu

    • Postdoctoral Scholars
    • Research Associates
    • Visiting Scholars
    • Research Visitors
    • Senior Research Associates
    Diana Dickson
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Ethical Leadership Training

  • John Lubker, Ed.D.

    Associate Dean for Academic Affairs

    John Lubker

    John Lubker, Ed.D.

    Associate Dean for Academic Affairs

    (574)-631-5778
    jlubker1@nd.edu

    • Graduate School Ombudsperson
    • Administration of Graduate School Policies, Procedures, and Appeals
    • Oversight of Graduate Student Progress
    • Graduate Student Leadership Development and Training
    John Lubker
  • Mark Bourgeois, Ph.D.

    Postdoctoral Research Associate

    Mark Bourgeois

    Mark Bourgeois, Ph.D.

    Postdoctoral Research Associate

    (574) 631-1743
    mbourge2@nd.edu

    • Ethics Spire and Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) Workshop Support/General Ethics Contact
    • Ethical Leaders in STEM and Leadership Advancing Socially Engaged Research (LASER) Program Support
    • Social Responsibilities of Researchers (SRR) Program Implementation
    Mark Bourgeois
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Graduate Career Services

  • Rob Coloney

    Director, Graduate Career Services

    Rob Coloney

    Rob Coloney

    Director, Graduate Career Services

    (574) 631-2418
    rcoloney@nd.edu

    • Graduate Career Services Strategic Leadership
    • Campus Stakeholder Interface 
    • Employer and Alumni Relations and Outreach
    • Career and Professional Development
    Rob Coloney
  • Elizabeth Loughran, Ph.D.

    Graduate Career Consultant, College of Science

    Elizabeth Loughran

    Elizabeth Loughran, Ph.D.

    Graduate Career Consultant, College of Science

    (574) 631-2080
    loughran.11@nd.edu

    • Career Exploration and Planning
    • Developing Career Skills and Capabilities
    • Career Programming and Professional Development
    • Networking with Alumni and Employers
    Elizabeth Loughran
  • Larry Milks

    Graduate Career Consultant, College of Engineering

    Larry Milks

    Larry Milks

    Graduate Career Consultant, College of Engineering

    (574) 631-2087
    lmilks@nd.edu

    • Career Exploration and Planning
    • Developing Career Skills and Capabilities
    • Career Programming and Professional Development
    • Networking with Alumni and Employers
    Larry Milks
  • Erik Oswald

    Graduate Career Consultant, Professional Master's Programs

    Erik Oswald

    Erik Oswald

    Graduate Career Consultant, Professional Master's Programs

    (574) 631-4424
    eoswald@nd.edu

    • Career Exploration and Planning
    • Developing Career Skills and Capabilities
    • Career Programming and Professional Development
    • Networking with Alumni and Employers
    Erik Oswald
  • Erik Simon

    Graduate Career Consultant, College of Arts and Letters (Humanities, Social Sciences, and Arts)

    Erik Simon

    Erik Simon

    Graduate Career Consultant, College of Arts and Letters (Humanities, Social Sciences, and Arts)

    (574) 631-1892
    eriksimon@nd.edu

    • Career Exploration and Planning
    • Developing Career Skills and Capabilities
    • Career Programming and Professional Development
    • Networking with Alumni and Employers
    Erik Simon
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Graduate Student Life

  • Mimi Beck

    Program Director, Graduate Student Life

    Mimi Beck

    Mimi Beck

    Program Director, Graduate Student Life

    (574) 631-1221
    mbeck1@nd.edu

    • Liaison Between Student Affairs and the Graduate School 
    • Quality of Life Programming and Advocacy
    • Resource and Service Referrals
    • Assessment and Strategic Planning for Graduate Student Life
    Mimi Beck
  • Laurie Hesch

    Administrative Assistant, Graduate Student Union

    Laurie Hesch

    Laurie Hesch

    Administrative Assistant, Graduate Student Union

    (574) 631-6963
    lhesch@nd.edu

    • Graduate Student Union (GSU) Point of Contact: gsu@nd.edu
    • Coordinates GSU Communications and Finances
    • Provides Bookkeeping Advice and Assistance to all Recognized Graduate Student Clubs
    Laurie Hesch
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Office of Military & Veterans Affairs

  • Regan Jones

    Progam Director, Office of Military & Veterans Affairs

    Regan Jones

    Regan Jones

    Progam Director, Office of Military & Veterans Affairs


    reganjones@nd.edu

    • making the Notre Dame experience robust, inclusive, and vibrant for military-connected students;
    • achieving excellence in undergraduate, graduate, and professional education for military-connected students;
    • enabling Notre Dame to lead an exemplary model of engagement in the military and veteran space
    Regan Jones
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