Director of the Institute for Scholarship in the Liberal Arts, Professor of Psychology
Tom directs the Institute for Scholarship in the Liberal Arts (ISLA), which was founded to build, sustain, and renew a distinguished faculty in the arts, humanities, and the social sciences, to foster graduate and undergraduate research, and to facilitate and enhance the intellectual life of the college and campus.
Tom and his staff oversee the provision of grants for faculty research, travel to international conferences, speaker series and conferences, publication subventions, and other research expenses. The staff of ISLA also oversee the funding of the Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program (UROP), which provides small supervised research grants for undergraduates, and graduate student research awards. In addition to internal grant support, Tom and his staff provide information, advice, and assistance in finding and obtaining grant and fellowship funds from public and private agencies to support faculty scholarship.
To support faculty and graduate students’ scholarship efforts, ISLA provides seed money for projects that prepare the way for the grant and fellowship applications. ISLA staff offer a variety of other faculty development activities, such as workshops on academic writing and academic press publishing and assistance with conference and lecture series planning and execution.
Finally, Tom and his staff maintain lines of communication with the Office of Research, the Graduate School, Corporate and Foundation Relations in Development, and other Notre Dame Institutes that support research.