2015 National Postdoctoral Association Conference

Join us at the NPA annual conference (#NPA2015) occurring March 13 to 15 in Baltimore, Maryland. Online registration deadline is February 27. Visit here for registration instructions.


Panel: Institutional Diversity Postdoctoral Fellowships: Growing Your Own Faculty Pipeline

Motivated by the goal of diversifying their faculty population, university senior leadership have created institutional postdoctoral fellowship programs funded by the offices of the Chancellor/President or Provost. These postdoctoral fellows serve in roles similar to visiting faculty with the expectation that home departments hire them for full-time tenure-track positions. Similar fellowships are created through external funds such as from the National Science Foundation (NSF). Postdoc office administrators can serve a central role in marketing and coordinating such fellowship programs to ensure a diversity of applicants as well as to create a supportive community for underrepresented minorities. The panel speakers represent the spectrum of such institutional programs including a system-wide campus (University of California), a flagship school’s Postdoc Office (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill), and an NSF-funded fellowship (University of Maryland, Baltimore County). Attendees will learn how these institutional fellowships are created, funded, and administered. In addition, participants will learn about the career outcomes of fellowship postdoctoral alumni. Finally, we will describe national resources aggregating all such institutional fellowships (MinorityPostdoc.org) as well as efforts to coordinate the administration of these programs between institutions.
Friday March 13, 1:15 to 2:45 pm
We gratefully acknowledge each speaker’s home institution for sponsoring panelist’s travel expenses.

Alberto I. Roca, Ph.D., Moderator
Founding Editor, MinorityPostdoc.org,
Member, National Postdoctoral Assoc Advisory Council
Welcome, Introductions, and Overview of Institutional Fellowships

Sibby Anderson-Thompkins, Ph.D.
Director, Office of Postdoctoral Affairs, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Former NPA Diversity Officer
Carolina Postdoctoral Program for Faculty Diversity

Caroline M. Kane, Ph.D.
Interim Director, UC President’s Postdoctoral Fellowship
University of California President’s Postdoctoral Fellowship

Renetta Garrison Tull, Ph.D.
Associate Vice Provost for Graduate Education & Postdoctoral Affairs,
University of Maryland, Baltimore County
Postdoctoral Fellows Program for Faculty Diversity
PROMISE AGEP-T Postdoctoral Program

last updated 25-Jan-2015