Academic Professional Development Committee

Co-Chairs: Courtney Roper and Nicole Pitterson.

The Academic Career Development Committee provides opportunities for postdocs pursuing a career in academia. This mission is realized by organizing seminar, workshops and panel discussions throughout the year.

Coffee with Faculty: The OPA will be hosting Dr. Maziar Kandelous this Wednesday, May 17th, at 11 AM in KEC 1005. He will discuss his take on "The Transition from Postdoc to Faculty".  Don’t miss this opportunity to learn more about the mentee/mentor relationship. Hope to see you there!

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Previous Events


April 19: Dr. Carolee Bull will discuss about How To Be Your Own Best Mentor on May 11, 9 am to noon in Memorial Union Room 206.

April 19: Liz Etherington will discuss about Grant Writing Procedures for Postdocs at LPSC Rm 402 at 12 - 1 PM.

February 1: Dr. Chris Hagan will discuss about Mentoring Postdocs from My Perspective at KEC Rm 1005 at 11:00 AM-12:00 PM.

January 25: Strategies Towards Time Management and Balance facilitated by Dr. Toni Doolen at Linus Pauling Science Center Rm 402 on Thursday, January 25, 2017, 12:00-1:00 PM. See slides here.


November 14: Jessica Beck will be holding an information session from 9 to 10am at the Learning Innovation Center room 303 about teaching development opportunities at OSU available to postdocs.

March 31Panel discussion "What is Open Access? Advance your Career by Unlocking your Work"  (APD Spring Event, co-hosted with OSU Libraries), facilitated by Michaela Willi Hooper, Rachael Kuintzle, Austin Fox and Dr. Marit Bovbjerg. 

March 29, 2016Workshop series "Learning about Teaching":  Session 3 "Building a teaching portfolio around six principles of effective university teaching", led by Dr. Kay Sagmiller.

March 15, 2016Workshop series "Learning about Teaching":  Session 2 "Teaching strategies that align with learning and cognitive theories", led by Dr. Kay Sagmiller.

March 1, 2016: Workshop series "Learning about Teaching":  Session 1 "Composing a teaching philosophy statement", led by Dr. Brooke Howland.

February 18, 2016: Coffee with Faculty - How to choose between academic vs non-academic careers? Hosted by Dr. Leah Frye


September 30, 2015: Fall Professional Development workshop - So you got your PhD... How do you get a job? Hacking the academic job market and how to write an amazing academic job application - A presentation and workshop with Dr. Karen Kelsky.

May 14, 2015: Spring Professional Development workshop - So you got your PhD... How Do You Fund Your Future Research? A panel discussion about grant writing and funding with OSU faculty members.

Pizza Lunches

Jul 27, 2016: Orchestrating Powerful Groups, led by Jeff McDonnell.

Feb 4, 2016: Effective Science Communication, led by Karen McLeod (COMPASS).

Aug 6, 2015: New Media for Research Communication, led by Pat Kight.

Jun 4, 2015: Storytelling for Researchers, led by Kevin Ahern.  

Apr 2, 2015: Leadership and Strategic Goals, led by Terri Fiez.

Brown Bag Lunches

Mar 23, 2017

May 20, 2014Jun 10, 2014; Jul 9, 2014; Aug 15, 2014; Sep 17, 2014.   

Coffee with Faculty

Nov 18, 2016: Policy changes associated with the FLSA and Postdoctoral Scholar position, led by Dr. Dorthe Wildenschild.

Apr 4, 2016: Time Management: a Key Skill for Success in Academia and Industry, led by Toni Doolen.

Dec 1, 2015: A New Paradigm for Ph. D. Training, led by Susi Varvayanis.

Sep 3, 2015: The Academic Job Search, led by Rebecca Hutchinson.

Jul 2, 2015: Information Session about the Graduate Certification in Undergraduate Teaching Program, led by Jessica White.

May 7, 2015: Life Balance and Professional Decision Making, led by Dee Denver.

Minutes of Committee Meetings

Feb 4, 2016Mar 3, 2016; May 5, 2016