The following online resources provide useful documentation regarding issues of concern to women faculty and administrators.


Reference Guide for Arts and Letters Chairpersons and Faculty

The “Reference Guide” for short: a voluminous tome that spells out College policies and procedures on matters ranging from college governance to junior faculty mentoring guidelines, and from procedures for salary appeals to undergraduate advising. This is the number one place to go for information on College of Arts and Letters policies, procedures, and expectations. The current version of the Guide can be found on the linked page under the heading “Reference Guide, Lists.”

Faculty Handbook

A resource that contains information relevant to faculty and academic administrators. This information includes the Mission Statement of the University, the Bylaws of the University, the Academic Articles, the Academic Code, and academic policies. In the past, the Faculty Handbook has been published as a print resource. The Faculty Handbook is now being provided exclusively in an online format.

Resources for Reappointment, Tenure, and Promotion

Found on this page are the necessary forms; instructions to candidates and department chairs for preparing reappointment, tenure, and promotion packets; and guidelines on the comprehensive evaluation of candidates’ teaching—mandatory as of fall 2009—as prepared by the Advisory Committee to the Provost on the Evaluation of Teaching (ACPET) in February 2007. The new guidelines require that a candidate’s teaching be evaluated in three areas: quality of student evaluations, an in-depth review of select courses taught over the review period, and additional contributions to teaching (e.g., the development of new courses; mentoring; curricular reform). In addition, the courses subjected to in-depth review must be evaluated in four categories: course design, implementation, the instructor’s assessment of student work, and student perceptions of teaching. The purpose of the new guidelines is to emphasize the equal weight in the tenure and promotion process of excellence in both research and teaching, and to move toward a more robust system for evaluating teaching and away from the practice of basing judgment of a candidate’s teaching on student evaluations alone. Please note that the College of Arts and Letters organizes biennial workshops on achieving tenure and promotion to full professor; the two workshops are offered in alternating years.

College Leave Policy

This document, excerpted from the Reference Guide for Arts and Letters Chairpersons and Faculty, outlines the College’s leave policy, including leave applications and deadlines, leaves for new faculty, post-tenure leaves, leaves for continuuing faculty, administrative leaves, medical leaves, leave funding, and leaves under various unusual circumstances. In general, new faculty are entitled to a university-funded one-semester leave at full pay and benefits (or a full year leave at half pay) in the fourth year of employment, and continuing faculty are entitled to a university-funded leave after every ten semesters of teaching. However, it is important to note that all faculty intending to take a research leave, even if contractually guaranteed, are required to (1) submit a leave application detailing research plans by September 15 prior to the leave year, and (2) to submit at least two funding applications to outside agencies. The current version of the Arts and Letters Faculty Leave Policy can be found on the linked page under the heading "Forms, Policies -- Faculty Administration."

Statement on Academic Freedom and Catholic Character

Issued in April 2006, this is President John Jenkins’ closing statement in a campus-wide discussion regarding the performance of Eve Ensler’s play The Vagina Monologues and the presentation of a Queer Film Festival at the University of Notre Dame. After several months of dialogue with faculty, students, and other constituencies of the university, Father Jenkins issued this statement, which simultaneously ensures that the administration will remain dedicated to safeguarding “the academic freedom to explore the full range of ideas and expressions produced by human thought and creativity” and, at the same time, that the university will continue to “affirm our Catholic character and engage the Catholic intellectual tradition in a way that shapes and enriches the educational experience of our students.”

University Committee Reports on Women and Diversity

During academic year 2007-08, two different university committees (the University Committee on Women Faculty and Students and the Diversity Advisory Committee, respectively) undertook the development of major reports on strategies by which Notre Dame could enhance support for diversity and for women faculty and students at the university. The UCWFS report was divided into two sections, one addressed to President John Jenkins and one addressed to Provost Tom Burish. Both reports can be found on the linked page, along with President Jenkins’ and Provost Burish’s joint letter of response to the reports.

Faculty Feature


Julia M. Braungart-Rieker


My journey at Notre Dame began when I interviewed here in November of 1991. Although the weather was formidable that day (snow already covered the ground and the Midwest winds gave a whole new meaning of the word “ blustering...

Faculty Feature


Kasey Buckles


Research, teaching, and service—most research universities evaluate their faculty based on these three criteria. Faculty members looking toward their next promotion fret over them, trying to make sure that they meet the stand...

Faculty Feature


Meredith S. Chesson


At a fundamental level, anthropology is most exciting to me when it helps us to explore the seemingly infinite ways of being human in our world. At the level of the individual and the collective, peoples’ lives are guided by ...

Faculty Feature


Denise Della Rossa

German and Russian Languages and Literatures

The Department of German and Russian is one of the smallest departments in the College of Arts and Letters in terms of both faculty and students. This allows us to function more like a department in a small liberal arts college whe...

Faculty Feature


Julia Douthwaite

Romance Languages and Literatures

As Assistant Provost for International Studies from 2003-09, I traveled frequently to Notre Dame study abroad locations around the world, but it was always with a sigh of pleasure that I returned to home and campus.


Faculty Feature


Elizabeth F. Mazurek


I came to Notre Dame in 1990 as a junior professor in the Department of Classical and Oriental Languages as it was known then. Since that time, the department has evolved to become the Department of Classics, which includes Arabic ...

Faculty Feature


Susannah Monta


I have greatly enjoyed the fact that Notre Dame emphasizes and values undergraduate education so highly even as it strives to become a top-tier research university. I feel that my undergraduate teaching is truly valued here.


Faculty Feature


Marisel Moreno

Romance Languages and Literatures

Given that I was born and raised in San Juan, Puerto Rico, I could have never imagined that I would end up working and raising my family in South Bend, Indiana. But ten years living and teaching at the University of Notre Dame have...

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Darcia Narvaez


I am very appreciative of Notre Dame on many fronts. Here are a few.

I appreciate how Notre Dame fosters intellectuals, more so than do many other places. For example, Notre Dame generally offers faculty a great deal of ...

Faculty Feature


Alison Rice

Romance Languages and Literatures

I was drawn to a career in academia because of a strong desire to teach, and Notre Dame provides such a wonderful atmosphere for optimizing the pedagogical experience that I have felt very fulfilled here.

I find that the...