From the Dean's Desk

Guest Column: Craig Crossland

Craig Crossland

Craig Crossland

Monday, 18 July 2022
Hi, Everyone,
I hope your summer is going well and that you’ve been able to take some time to rest and recharge following a very busy 2021/2022 academic year. On July 1, I stepped into the role of senior associate dean for academic programs here at Mendoza. This new role is part of the associated structural and personnel changes within the College announced in June. As part of my transition, I’ve been fortunate to have conversations with a wide range of people inside and outside of Mendoza about all of our outstanding programs, so I appreciate the invitation to contribute a guest column with some thoughts on what my role entails and what my approach will be.
First, I want to begin by thanking Dean Martijn Cremers for giving me this opportunity to serve in this new role and to work with such an outstanding group of staff, faculty and students. I’m excited to collaborate with you all to continue to enact Dean Martijn’s bold and innovative vision for our College.
I also extend my deep, abiding thanks to those who served as associate deans for our academic programs during the previous three academic years: Walt Clements (EMBA), Kristen Collett-Schmitt (Specialized Masters), Jim Leady (Undergraduate) and Mike Mannor (MBA). Finally, I want to thank in advance those members of the College with whom I will be working closely, including the staff functional leaders, academic leaders of Mendoza programs, academic leaders of department programs, Mendoza department representatives, Dean’s Office representatives and many others.
In terms of my aims and agenda for the new role, frankly, I’m still wondering about that myself to some degree. It’s going to take me more than a few weeks’ transition to determine this fully. That said, I think I’m now in a position to be able to offer some specific thoughts.
Structurally, I’ll be responsible for overseeing the Mendoza’s undergraduate and professional programs, both degree and non-degree. Thus, I see my core focus as ensuring that our programs continue to fulfill our core mission via the College’s “Three C’s” strategic framework. As Dean Martijn notes, “We are committed to our mission to Grow the Good in Business by developing leaders who contribute to human flourishing, cooperate with others in solidarity and compete toward becoming the best version of themselves through serving others.”
Our programs serve as one of the most critical engines driving this mission, manifested in the thousands of myriad individual interactions with our students that, in total, add up to a set of life-changing experiences that shape students’ personal identities for years and decades after they leave our campus. Our students place great faith in us when they entrust us with their time, energy and financial resources, and I’m honored to be working within a college and a university that are so deeply committed to repaying that faith by helping students develop into the scholars and leaders they’re capable of becoming.
In more concrete terms, my own two watchwords for the next year will be “community” and “efficiency.” In other words: 1) How can we build and further strengthen the interpersonal and inter-program connections that link all of us? and 2) How can we more effectively implement the many exciting new initiatives and changes that we’ve witnessed within College programs during the past two years?
As you all know, we’ve been dealing with a great deal of change lately. Let me be clear that I don’t think change is always, or even usually, bad; in fact, I strongly believe that many of the changes we’re all grappling with at the moment will form the bedrock of our competitive advantage as a college for decades to come.
That said, we have been dealing with a *lot* of upheaval. To take just a few examples, in the Undergraduate Studies program, we now have a completely revised the core curriculum for the first time in decades and launched an entirely new undergraduate Business Honors Program. The MBA program has been restructured around a new “pathways” approach, including novel, off-campus opportunities such as Mods-Away.
Further, we’re in the process of revamping the entire basis of leadership training for our professional students; we’re looking to substantially enhance our offerings in the area of experiential learning; we’re dealing with ongoing personnel changes and new hiring; and we’re still figuring out the best way to implement the new matrix structure within the College.
We’ve seen the introduction of several new master’s programs, and the College is experimenting with new non-degree offerings as well. Moving beyond graduate and professional programs, Mendoza is about to welcome to campus its first crop of Ph.D. students in its 100-plus-year history, and we’ve started a new Business Ethics and Society program that is designed to attract the best and brightest minds to our campus.
And, by the way, we’re doing all of this in the context of having just emerged from a generation-defining pandemic, which was amplified by our University’s courageous stance on maximizing in-person instruction to the greatest extent possible throughout. I’ve seen everyone in Mendoza perform heroic feats during the past couple of years to make all of this happen.
Is any of this inherently problematic? Certainly not. But it does mean that we now have an opportunity and an obligation to ensure that these changes in College programs are integrated as thoroughly and seamlessly as possible. Therefore, my goal for this time next year is for all of our programs to be characterized by stronger interpersonal links and for us to have moved closer to implementing many of our current changes, becoming a well-oiled machine again, and thereby providing the exceptional level of operational excellence that our students and other stakeholders have always valued at Notre Dame.
Thank you in advance for your support as I transition into this new job. Please consider this an open invitation to reach out to me at any point if you’d like to discuss anything related to my role or College programs in general.
Craig Crossland
Senior Associate Dean for Academic Programs

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MCOB Updates

Here is a rundown of in-progress and planned renovations:
Stayer Center
  • Improvements to the combined MBA & Executive Lounge (3rd floor) are to be completed over the Christmas break.
  • Several team rooms and lounge spaces are being added on the first floor.
  • The drink station previously located in Commons B is moving into the Servery. This will eliminate interruptions and noise that often affects guests in Commons B.
  • Once the 305 Lounge and Commons B/Servery work is complete, we plan to eliminate the drink stations at the east and west ends of the second floor, which will then provide additional social space and seating for students.
  • We soon will be seeking bids for the renovation of storage space in the lower level, adding team rooms and additional lounge/social space for students.
  • New outdoor, University-standard, sustainably produced tables and chairs are on order for the patios, along with large umbrellas.
Mendoza Building
  • A Ph.D. suite is being created in the lower level (L014B & L014C).
  • Improvements to the former MBA lounge (149/267) to create a refreshed space for Specialized Masters students will begin once we have fully moved the MBA program to Stayer.
  • In the Potenziani Family Atrium, the stock exchange trading post will be placed in storage until we can find alternate space in the future H2A renovation. Upgrades to the atrium furniture as well as additional seating/tables will be added to provide improved social space for our Specialized Masters students.
  • A new bike rack will be added this spring near Mendoza’s southwest entrance to provide much needed spaces for an increasing number of bikes and scooters
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Starting in January 2022, the new format for the University of Notre Dame's Executive MBA-Chicago (EMBA-C) extends the length of its program to two years with monthly residencies Thursday through Saturday.


The Mendoza TA & RA Marketplace is a platform designed to match faculty and staff with Mendoza graduate students who seek opportunities for work as TAs, RAs and/or student employees. This concept originated from faculty and staff who expressed frustration in easily identifying high-quality students in our graduate programs for these positions, especially one-year programs. The hope is that this platform will allow our graduate students to engage with faculty and staff in new, meaningful ways and also make the search and hiring processes much easier for all involved.


At the start of each academic year, as well as throughout the academic year, the Box folders accessible via this link will be populated with résumés of students in the MBA, MSM, MNA, MSA, residential MSBA and residential MSF programs who are interested in TA and RA work. Faculty and staff should browse résumés at their convenience, and, when a good match occurs, proceed with the normal hiring process.


The Mendoza TA & RA Marketplace will be available on the Mendoza Exchange website all academic year. Check the link frequently, as new résumés may be added throughout the year. Of course, folders also will be updated with current résumés at the start of each new academic year.

Kristen Collett-Schmitt
Associate Dean for Specialized Master's Programs

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Google Scholar

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ND Google Shortcuts

Did you know there are shortcuts to log in to your ND Gmail and other Google services? If you visit you are taken directly to Google Drive, or to the login page if you are not already logged in. You can also skip logging in to insideND or visiting by going directly to for Gmail. You can also go directly to Google Calendar by visiting

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Manage When Participants Join Zoom

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Window Snapping

In Windows, you can drag a window to the left or right edge of your screen to make it fill one half of the screen, or drag to the top of the screen to maximize the window. View two windows side by side quickly and easily. You can also press the Windows key + left or right arrow to make the active window fill the left or right side of the screen.

Minimize All Windows

Sometimes you have a bunch of applications running, and you want it all to go away so you can get to the desktop. Simply pressing Windows key + D will minimize everything you have up, which will save you some time pressing the minimize button for each window. To bring everything back, press the Windows key + D again to restore your windows. 

Speak-Up Culture

As the College adapts and innovates in the face of change, your voice matters more than ever, and the ND Voice Engagement Committee wants to help you use it. Each week we will highlight a resource to inspire you, challenge you, and help you speak up and/or listen up more effectively.