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.

110 Bond Hall
Notre Dame, IN 46556 USA
Fax: (574) 631-4183

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

Graduate Enrollment and Training
Phone: (574) 631-7544
Email: GradSch@nd.edu

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Grad School Organizational Chart (PDF; last update: August, 2020)

Bond Hall Emergency Action Plan (PDF; last update: September 2020)

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
  • 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
  • John Lowery, Ph.D.

    Recruitment Strategies Program Director

    John Lowery

    John Lowery, Ph.D.

    Recruitment Strategies Program Director

    574 631 4694‬
    jlowery@nd.edu

    • Recruiting for Arts & Letters, Engineering, Science, and Keough School programs (Ph.D. & Master's), and Professional Master's programs
    John Lowery
  • 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 GRFPs
    • Review/approve graduate stipends and hourly jobs; student employment policy compliance
    • Monitor graduate program stipend budgets; provide ad hoc reporting
    • Administer Graduate School professional development awards cycle and budget
    • Administer tenure and 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
  • Laura Patzschke

    Administrative and Dissertation Support Assistant

    Laura Patzschke

    Laura Patzschke

    Administrative and Dissertation Support Assistant

    (574) 631-7544
    lpatzsch@nd.edu

    • Doctoral Dissertations and Master's Theses Format Reviews
    • Dissertation and Thesis Access Requests
    • Dissertation and Thesis Submission Materials Processing
    • CurateND Metadata Maintenance
    • Front Desk Receptionist for the Graduate School
    Laura Patzschke
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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

    • Envision and oversee execution of Professional Development offerings for Graduate Students and Postdoctoral Scholars.
    • Innovate and design new offerings aimed at fostering intellectual community and clear communication.
    • Cultivate and successfully integrate professional development team comprised of faculty members and professionals representing 14+ offices, centers, and institutes.
    • Drive student and scholar engagement with events and resources utilizing collegial and consultative approach.
    • Develop and deliver workshops on topics ranging from Creating Shared Expectations to Strategic Planning. 
    • Integrate the Graduate School’s communications, marketing, and news strategy and collaboratively execute the “Your Research Matters/You Matter” ethos.
    • Facilitate the annual Reappointment, Promotion, and Tenure process for T-TT faculty with a focus on continuous process improvement and the highest possible governance standards.
    • Administer the Kathleen Cannon, OP Lecture Fund and lectures.
    • Collaborate on design and direction of the ND Institute for Advanced Studies/Graduate School Fellows Seminar, a year-long program aimed at increasing students’ ability to conduct research in an interdisciplinary setting, developing their communication and professional skills and networks.
    • Supervise multiple teams, establish performance metrics, and manage resources. These teams include the Office of Grants and Fellowships, which serves graduate students and postdoctoral scholars and the Office for Postdoctoral Scholar which manages appointments and stewards policies for non-faculty researchers.
    Demetra Schoenig
  • 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
  • Diana Dickson

    Program Coordinator, Office for Postdoctoral Affairs

    Diana Dickson

    Diana Dickson

    Program Coordinator, Office for Postdoctoral Affairs

    (574) 631-8208
    ddickson@nd.edu

    • Postdoctoral Scholars
    • Research Associates
    • Visiting Scholars
    • Research Visitors
    • Senior Research Associates
    Diana Dickson
  • 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, Ph.D. is the Program Director of the Graduate School’s Office of Grants and Fellowships at the University of Notre Dame. As the Program Director responsible for the overall management of the office, Samantha provides leadership and expertise in grantsmanship, manages several prestigious fellowship competitions, and ensures that services provided by the office reflect the priorities of Notre Dame graduate students. Samantha has over ten years of experience in grant writing, advising students across disciplines, and designing in-person and online grant writing and training curricula.  In addition to serving as a grant reviewer for federal agencies and foundations, she has helped numerous undergraduate and graduate students generate successful merit-based grant and fellowship applications.

    Samantha Lee
  • Mandy Madden Miller

    Program Director, Professional Development

    Mandy Madden Miller

    Mandy Madden Miller

    Program Director, Professional Development

    574-631-6192
    mandymadden@nd.edu

    • Cultivate and lead the Professional Development Network
    • Initiate and implement programming that develop students’ professional skills while supporting their well-being
    • Collect data related to professional development initiatives
    Mandy Madden Miller
  • Amanda Nowak, Ph.D.

    Postdoctoral Fellow and Fulbright Coordinator, Office of Grants and Fellowships

    Amanda Nowak

    Amanda Nowak, Ph.D.

    Postdoctoral Fellow and Fulbright Coordinator, Office of Grants and Fellowships


    anowak2@nd.edu

    • Develop and implement programming to promote graduate student wellbeing and success
    • Advise students, as well as develop and lead workshops, on the selection, application, and writing process for grants and fellowships
    • Provide project management for and serve on graduate-level Fulbright review committees
    Amanda Nowak
  • Kathryn Sawyer Vidrine, Ph.D.

    Assistant Program Director, Office of Grants and Fellowships

    Kathryn Sawyer Vidrine

    Kathryn Sawyer Vidrine, Ph.D.

    Assistant Program Director, Office of Grants and Fellowships

    (574) 631-1713
    ksawyer2@nd.edu

    • Advise graduate students in identifying funding opportunities and crafting competitive applications
    • Oversee annual Fulbright application process
    • Design and implement office data collection and analytics
    • Manage communications, outreach, and administration for office programming

    Kathryn Sawyer Vidrine, Ph.D. is the Assistant Program Director of the Office of Grants and Fellowships. She obtained her Ph.D. in History from the University of Notre Dame in August 2018. Her dissertation examined how theology and belief were used in the construction of an Irish Protestant identity in the 17th century. During her time as a graduate student she won a number of grants and study abroad opportunities, including a year as a Fulbright fellow at the Institute for Reformation History in Geneva, Switzerland in 2015-2016. She works with students in all areas, with a special emphasis on Fulbright applications and dissertation completion awards.

    Kathryn Sawyer Vidrine
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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
  • Allan Loup, J.D.

    Assistant Program Director, Ethics

    Allan Loup

    Allan Loup, J.D.

    Assistant Program Director, Ethics

    574-631-7446
    aloup@nd.edu

    • Ethics Program
    • Responsible Conduct of Research
    • Professional Development
    Allan Loup
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Graduate Career Services

  • Dawn Rizek

    Associate Director of Grad Career Services

    Dawn Rizek

    Dawn Rizek

    Associate Director of Grad Career Services

    (574) 631-1704
    drizek@nd.edu

    • Graduate Career Services Strategic Leadership
    • Campus Stakeholder Interface 
    • Career and Professional Development
    Dawn Rizek
  • 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
  • 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
  • Valli Sarveswaran, Ph.D.

    Graduate Career Consultant, College of Engineering

    Valli Sarveswaran

    Valli Sarveswaran, Ph.D.

    Graduate Career Consultant, College of Engineering

    (574) 631-8109
    vsarvesw@nd.edu

    • Career Exploration and Planning
    • Developing Career Skills and Capabilities
    • Career Programming and Professional Development
    • Networking with Alumni and Employers
    Valli Sarveswaran
  • 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
  • Julaine Zenk, Ph.D.

    Postdoctoral Intern

    Julaine Zenk

    Julaine Zenk, Ph.D.

    Postdoctoral Intern

    574-631-6897
    jzenk1@nd.edu

    • Event programming & logistics
    • Communications
    • Process improvement & project management

    Julaine Zenk is a post-doc in the Graduate Student Life office through the 5+1 program. She defended her dissertation in Cognitive Psychology in July which focused on moral decision-making in remote warfare. During her time at Notre Dame as a graduate student, she worked with the office of Grad Life for four years on Graduate Orientation and was an active member of AWIS as the Psychology representative. She also was a fellow of the EL-STEM, now LASER, program which focuses on ethical leadership in academia.

    Julaine is from the Michiana area after spending most of her life as an Air Force brat which brought her to multiple European countries as well as various states in the US. She is a proud band nerd and is in her seventh year participating in the Notre Dame marching band where she plays the piccolo and even had a stint as an Irish Guard last fall. She is excited to be spending her postdoc year in the office of Grad Life and looks forward to working with students to make their time as grad students fulfilling.

    Julaine Zenk
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Office of Military & Veterans Affairs

  • Regan Jones

    Director, Office of Military & Veterans Affairs

    Regan Jones

    Regan Jones

    Director, Office of Military & Veterans Affairs

    (574) 631-9074
    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
  • Megan Leis

    Assistant Director, Office of Military & Veterans Affairs

    Megan Leis

    Megan Leis

    Assistant Director, Office of Military & Veterans Affairs

    (574) 631-9577
    meganleis@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
    Megan Leis
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