Academic Affairs Division
Richard Giardina , Ph.D., Interim Provost
The Academic Affairs Division is responsible for all the curricular programming and related support services of the University. The academic programs are organized into two schools and three divisions, each headed by an academic dean:
The Academic Affairs Division also includes all the resources of the University that support students throughout their careers here: admissions, financial aid, and registrar, in addition to services listed below. All these administrative offices work collaboratively to offer students the appropriate support to achieve a high standard of academic excellence within the classroom.
Each student is assigned an academic advisor who is a faculty member within the student's major field of study. Close interaction with a faculty advisor is a central feature of the NDNU experience. Academic advisors help students with program planning, direct students to University and external resources as needed, and often serve as academic and/or professional mentors.
The Academic Success Center provides learning and support services for day, evening, accelerated, undergraduate, and graduate students to reach their academic goals while attending NDNU. The Academic Success Center uses the resources of the NDNU community of students, faculty, and staff to encourage the development of the whole person. Services include accessible, user-friendly, positive learning environments, individualized assessment of learning strengths, and individualized learning strategies based on learning strengths. There are highly trained faculty, staff, and tutors to assist students in their learning, along with study skills workshops and courses in areas like time management and goal-setting strategies, critical thinking fundamentals, test-taking and note-taking skills, and textbook reading. PASS (Program for Academic Support and Success) supports students with documented disabilities. If you have need for services, such as accommodations/modifications, please contact the Academic Success Center at 508-3670.
The Career Center provides a full range of career services, including individual career counseling, part-time and full-time job listings, job search assistance and a career resources library. The Center also offers classes that provide the opportunity for students to explore personal values and interests, assess their skills, explore job and career options, develop and execute effective job search strategies, create career portfolios and integrate classroom instruction with practical work experience through internships. See course listings in the School of Business and Management. The Career Center also sponsors events throughout the year, including a fall Internship Fair, a spring Job Fair, Kaplan Graduate School practice tests, Career Center Open House, and “Lunch with a CEO”.
In support of the University's mission to educate for social justice and global peace, the Center for Spirituality and Social Change at NDNU offers students opportunities to develop and to participate in mutually beneficial partnerships between the University and organizations in the surrounding communities. Community-based learning is a method of integrating community involvement activities into academic courses and student leadership programs. Faculty, staff, and students work in partnership with local communities so that students can reach learning objectives while participating in meaningful community activity. Guided by a committee of faculty, staff, and students, and an Advisory Board of community representatives, the Center promotes the education of students as both present and future community leaders.
International Student Assistance
Academic Affairs staff assist international students with their academic, cultural, and social transition and development.
The Carl Gellert and Celia Berta Gellert Library of Notre Dame de Namur University provides materials and services that support and enhance the University's undergraduate and graduate academic programs. Access to the library is open to all faculty members, students, staff, and alums of NDNU. Librarians are available throughout the day and evening to assist with reference services.
The library owns approximately 100,000 printed volumes of books and periodicals, music scores, and sound and video recordings. In addition, approximately 10,000 periodicals are available electronically through the library's database subscriptions. Books are cataloged and shelved according to the Library of Congress classification scheme. Current and bound volumes of printed journals are located on the main floor and are shelved alphabetically by title. All of the books and recordings can be located through the library's online catalog on its website. A listing of printed and electronic journals can also be found at this site.
The Gellert Library subscribes to a number of online databases through several library consortia. Many of these databases contain the full text of journal articles. Some of these databases can be accessed remotely from home while others can be used only on campus. Please ask a reference librarian for assistance and for a list of current passwords. A complete list of databases is available on the library's webpage. All of the computers in the library that are available to students are linked to the Internet. The library also provides wireless access to the Internet. More information on the Gellert Library and its services can be found on the library's website.
The Office of Mission and Diversity is responsible for working with all constituencies of NDNU to strengthen and deepen the University's commitment to diversity, social justice, and global peace. The Director works collaboratively with the Academic Success Center, Campus Life, and faculty on projects that help link the University's mission to curricular and co-curricular projects. Under the guidance of the Provost, the Office also conducts regular campus climate surveys. These surveys are part of a longitudinal study that measures how well the University's personnel, programs, and activities support racial, ethnic, and gender diversity. The Office is located on the Quad, adjacent to the Academic Success Center.email@example.com or (650) 508-3670.
As a place to study and find help, the Tutorial Center meets students' needs ranging from building basic study skills to preparing for admission to graduate schools. With the goal of helping students become independent and effective learners, the center provides friendly and free learning support services to all NDNU students. The Center is a part of the Academic Success Center, located on the Quad in Campus Center.
Offered both as a course and as a drop-in resource, the Writing Center helps students to develop as writers, focusing on the writing process: brainstorming, clustering, outlining, freewriting, editing, and revising. The Center offers individual tutoring in grammar, research, and essay organization. The Writing Center also addresses the specific needs of international students, emphasizing revision of essays and individualized instruction in idiom, mechanics, and grammar.