Teachers as Scholars

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Applications for the 2024-2025 academic year will be open in July 2024. 

Teachers may only participate once per academic year. 

The Teachers as Scholars program is dynamic vision of professional development for K-12 teachers offering them the opportunity to become students again. Teachers gather with colleagues from neighboring school districts and private schools to study, discuss and reflect upon scholarly issues with University of Notre Dame professors. 

The University has proudly hosted the TAS program since 2000. Each semester, four Notre Dame faculty members lead seminars in their fields of study.

TAS is looking for ND faculty to lead seminars during the 2025-26 academic year. Interested faculty members may contact TAS coordinators Susan Devetski, PhD, at sdevets2@nd.edu or Kelly Demski at kdemski@nd.edu.

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For questions or more information on how to participate in leading a future seminar, please contact TAS coordinators Susan Devetski, PhD, at sdevets2@nd.edu or Kelly Demski at kdemski@nd.edu


Initiated with a grant from the Woodrow Wilson Foundation and internal support, in 2000 Notre Dame faculty members Ted Cachey and Julia Douthwaite brought TAS to Notre Dame within the College of Arts & Letters. In the spring of 2012, Public Affairs staff agreed to manage this outreach program, given its positive reputation both on and off campus, and to expand it to additional colleges across campus. We invite you to be among our best and brightest faculty to inspire area educators with your passion and commitment to lifelong learning.


  • Two-day seminars on the campus of the University of Notre Dame. Seminar dates are at least a week apart.
  • 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. seminar with an hour-long lunch break
  • Member school districts partner with the University to provide seminars to their teachers and administrators at no cost to the participant.
  • Upon approval from supervisors, schools provide substitute teachers.
  • Teachers earn 15 Professional Growth Points (PGP) for attending both seminars, which includes preparatory reading for the seminar.
  • All seminars are designed to offer engaging, participatory experiences.
  • Teachers are encouraged to sign up for seminars on topics that interest them, regardless of the grade level or content area they teach or their administrative focus.

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