Faculty Stories

Faculty at Notre Dame come from communities and cultures all over the world. They conduct research and scholarship on topics and issues that span numerous academic disciplines. They share with students not just their areas of expertise but also their questions and concerns about the enduring issues and latest developments that shape our times.

But their role in broadening and sharpening the lenses through which we understand ourselves and the world around us extend well beyond individual research projects, classroom lectures, course syllabi, or a list of academic programs.

The selection of stories below helps illustrate the many other ways Notre Dame faculty foster diversity, support inclusion, and enliven the entire Notre Dame community.

Ground broken, mural taking shape at Foundry Field, a true community project

Erin Blasko and Carrie Gates

The proposed public-access baseball field is designed to celebrate the Foundry Giants and other underrepresented baseball teams from South Bend’s past. Active during the 1920s, the Giants were a predominantly Black baseball team whose players typically worked in the Studebaker Foundry. The team included several players who went on to play in the Negro Leagues.

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Kroc Institute releases special report on implementation status of gender approach within Colombian Peace Agreement

Jena O'Brien

The Peace Accords Matrix at the University of Notre Dame’s Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies has released a new special report outlining the current implementation status of the gender approach within the 2016 Colombian Peace Accord. The implementation of the gender approach has been fundamental to guaranteeing the protection and promotion of the rights of women and LGBTQ+ people.

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Arnaldo Serrano and Katharine White Receive NSF CAREER Awards

Rebecca Hicks

Arnaldo Serrano, Assistant Professor of Chemistry & Biochemistry, and Katharine White, Clare Boothe Luce Assistant Professor of Chemistry & Biochemistry, have been selected as recipients of the National Science Foundation (NSF) Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Award. The award is given to recognize outstanding research and its integration with education, and it is one of NSF’s most prestigious awards for...

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Count Me In Campaign

Ashley Wright

The Count Me In Campaign is meant to encourage more Notre Dame employees to voluntarily self-identify their disability status. Only an estimated 25 percent of employees who could voluntarily self-identify actually do so. Currently, the Office of Human Resources reports that fewer than 300 faculty…

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‘Ragpickers’ of Mumbai use entrepreneurship to find meaning, study shows

Shannon Roddel

A new study from Dean Shepherd, the Ray and Milann Siegfried Professor of Entrepreneurship at the University of Notre Dame’s Mendoza College of Business considers meaning-making in the face of difficult dirty work by examining the “ragpickers” in Mumbai, India. These members of the lowest caste in Indian society live in the slums and dig through trash for food and...

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Yixing Chen receives award for responsible research in marketing

Brandi Wampler

Assistant Professor of Marketing Yixing Chen has been named a Distinguished Winner of the American Marketing Association’s Award for Responsible Research in Marketing. Yixing Chen The goal of the AMA-EBSCO-RRBM Award for Responsible Research in Marketing is to recognize published research in marketing that produces both useful and credible knowledge. The award is given to researchers who have used reliable...

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