Notre Dame College Creates Academy in Support of Faculty Grant Writing, Scholarship

Notre Dame College is elevating the expertise of its faculty with investments in their and the institution’s capacity to gain investments in their research and scholarship.

The College’s new Faculty Grants Academy (FGA) supports its full-time educators in promoting the value of their work in proposals, abstracts and introductions for foundation funding. The series of professional development sessions to enhance grant writing activities among faculty is a collaboration among the Notre Dame offices of the President, Advancement and Academic Affairs, with the College's Faculty Senate.

Five faculty members from the arts, humanities and sciences have been nominated by their academic divisions and selected for the inaugural academy class: Joyce Banjac, Ph.D., business; Stephanie Drcar, Ph.D., psychology; Jacqi Loewy, M.A., communication and theatre; Sr. Eileen Quinlan, SND, Ph.D., English; and Arne Weigold, Ph.D., psychology.

The sessions throughout the academic year range from identifying funding sources to writing project rationales to preparing program budgets. Workshops are facilitated by Angelina Hamilton Steiner, grants manager in the Notre Dame Office of Advancement and Tracey Meilander, Ph.D., associate professor of biology, Choose Ohio First STEMM@NDC program director and co-director of community-based learning at the College.

Steiner and Meilander have written many several successful grant proposals together.They developed the outcomes, syllabus and activities for the academy to share their strategies and techniques. In addition, Meilander wrote the initial proposal for the program and advocated for its implementation and support. She said the collaboration between faculty and advancement throughout the process is key to developing proposals and programs that meet the institutional mission and needs.

The College’s commitment to enhance understanding and capacity for collaboration in philanthropic efforts to obtain extramural funding directly supports faculty as they advance knowledge and practices in their vocational, professional and scholarly communities.

Participants are expected to submit proposals to external funders for review at the conclusion of the academy. They also are encouraged to share their experiences and research endeavors at the College's annual Celebration of Scholarship in April.

Faculty receive a stipend upon successful completion of the academy.

The academy selection process calls for the chair of each of Notre Dame’s five academic divisions to recommend a full-time faculty member. Preference is given to faculty interested in developing collaborations with the Office of Advancement. In the case a division does not put forth a faculty member, then, with input from the College’s vice president of academic and student affairs, more than one faculty member may be selected from a division.


About Notre Dame College

For almost a century, Notre Dame College has educated a diverse population in the liberal arts for personal, professional and global responsibility. Founded by the Sisters of Notre Dame in 1922, the College has grown strategically to keep pace with the rapidly changing needs of students and the dramatic changes in higher education. But it has never lost sight of its emphasis on teaching students not only how to make a good living but also how to live a good life.

Today, the College offers bachelor’s degrees in 30 disciplines plus a variety of master's degrees, certification programs and continuing and professional development programs for adult learners on campus and online. Notre Dame College offers NCAA Division II intercollegiate athletic programs for men and women and is located in a picturesque residential neighborhood just 25 minutes from the heart of Cleveland. Hallmarks of the Notre Dame experience include stimulating academics, personalized attention of dedicated faculty and staff, and small class sizes.

Notre Dame College is located at 4545 College Road in South Euclid. For further information contact Brian Johnston, chief communications officer, at 216.373.5252 or



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