Apply Soon to Summer Institute


The Kroc Institute invites teams of college and university faculty from any field to apply to its 2nd Annual Summer Institute for Faculty in Peace Studies Program Development. This intensive (and fun) ‘summer camp,’ held June 13-18, 2010, will bring together small teams of academics who want to:

  • launch a peace studies program at their institution;
  • strengthen a small or new peace studies program; 
  • or take an established peace studies program to the next level of design and rigor. 

Participants will engage intellectually with leading thinkers on the contemporary parameters of peace studies as it relates to praxis, research, and teaching. They also will explore the pedagogical, administrative, and communications challenges of peace studies. Teams of faculty will collaborate on course development while benefitting from the ideas and expertise of others in the field.

The Institute begins in the late afternoon on Sunday, June 13, and ends with lunch on Friday, June 18. Mornings will focus on critical themes in the field and program development. Afternoons will allow participants to work with their team on courses or curricular plans.

Professor George A. Lopez, an internationally recognized authority on peace studies program development, leads the program, and Kroc faculty and staff present and serve as consultants to teams.  

The cost of the week’s program is $150 per faculty participant (each team should include at least 3 faculty members), plus transportation to Notre Dame and lodging (in dorms or other low-cost alternatives). The Kroc Institute covers breakfast, dinner, snacks, and all program materials.

Applications were due by March 1 and will no longer be accepted. Decisions will be made by March 15.

Comments from last year’s participants:

 “I very much appreciated the creative blend of content, practicalities, and back and forth rhythm of each day. The Institute turned my brain (back) on and gave me so much to pursue to improve my courses.”

“This week provided us with a massive amount of important information in an efficient manner. It would have taken us years (seriously) to acquire all of this information on our own.”

“The best thing about the week was time with the team and the ability to immediately reflect, integrate, and make decisions about our peace studies program.”

“This ‘summer camp’ was truly exciting. Outstanding academically and in the work our team got done.

“Most helpful was the interplay of content, program building, informal interactions with other teams, and dedicated time for my own team to do concrete planning.”  

“I left inspired to get home and apply what we learned.”  

Contact: Kathy Smarrella, (574) 631-9370,