Graff Named to Inaugural NDIAS Graduate Fellowship Class

Patrick Graff, a fourth-year PhD student in the Center for Research on Educational Opportunity (CREO) and Burns Fellow in the Program for Interdisciplinary Education Research (PIER), has been chosen as one of 12 students in the first cohort of the NDIAS-Graduate School Ph.D. Fellowship Program.

The program aims to accelerate students' dissertations, develop their research communication skills, and cultivate professional and scholarly networks, all within the context of a vibrant and supportive intellectual community. Each graduate fellow is pursuing research on a topic related to the nature of trust, the organizing research theme of the NDIAS for 2020-21.

Graff graduated from the University of Notre Dame in 2011 with a bachelor’s degree in philosophy and Chinese. He then taught third grade in Tampa, Florida while concurrently earning his M.Ed. through the Alliance for Catholic Education (ACE) Teaching Fellows program. Before beginning doctoral work, Graff helped recruit and support beginning teachers as associate director of ACE Teaching Fellows.

His research focuses on teacher mobility and attrition; the effects of school choice policy on teachers and school organization; and methods to recruit, support, and retain teachers in K-8 school settings, with a particular emphasis on the translation of academic research to public policy and practice.

The fellowship program, which is a joint program of the Notre Dame Institute For Advanced Study and the Graduate School, further develops efforts by the Graduate School to foster community and purpose among graduate students by giving fellows access to research boot camps, writing accountability groups, and professional and scholarly networking events.

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