Academic Professional Development Committee

The Academic Career Development Committee provides opportunities for postdocs pursuing a career in academia. This mission is realized by organizing numerous events throughout the year that include:

  • Panel dicussions with faculty members who  have recently transitioned from post doctoral appointments to tenure track  positions
  • Professional devleopment seminars on important skills including science communication and grant writing..
  • A workshop series taking participants through all the components required for a faculty packet.
Academic and Professional Career Development Committee

Chair: James Fox,

See the home page for upcoming events.

A faculty packet workshop is currently being developed and will run next term.

Previous Events

Grant Proposal Development, April 18th, 2019

OPA hosted Elizabeth Etherington, Research Program Administrator from the College of Agricultural Sciences for an interactive discussion on what it takes to prepare and submit a competitive grant application package.  Tips on where to find funding opportunities, how to navigate the process (both with the institution and with the sponsoring agencies), budget development, and successful collaboration.

Connecting with Your Community: OPA hosted Amanda Fisher from the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry who talked about science communication and the ways you can get involved with local outreach initiatives. Wednesday 6th March, 12-1pm at LPSC 402

At our most recent professional development seminar, Amanda Fisher talked about how to broaden the reach of your research through outreach opportunities. Amanda is the Senior Science Communication Specialist at the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI) and made a case for increased science communication (beyond satisfying NSF requirements!) and provided an overview of the tools and opportunities available to make meaningful connections with the public. She also discussed a number of ways researchers can get more involved, including through OMSI’s Science Communication Fellowship, a program that prepares STEM professionals to effectively communicate with a variety of audiences through trainings that are fun, interactive, and relevant.

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Panel discussion series 

The OPA held a short series of panel sessions that addressed the various challenges academics face at different stages of their career. Assistant and associate professors engaged in discussion about the transition from a post doc to faculty position and offered advice on how to make it easier.  



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.