Focus on Postdocs!
NC State University has long recognized that postdoctoral scholars are an integral part of the university's research programs. Consequently, NC State established the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs (OPA) in August 2008. Housed in the Graduate School, OPA's mission is to support both U.S. and international postdocs by providing information, resources, and programs that will prepare them for their future careers beyond the postdoctoral appointment.
Since its inception, OPA has been instrumental in advocating for postdocs in employment and benefits, training, and mentoring. As of the summer of 2010, OPA implemented the Postdoctoral Scholars Regulation to acknowledge the unique role and function of postdocs at NC State University. OPA also provides professional development, career development, and teaching programs for postdoctoral scholars. The 'Postdoctoral Experience' at NC State has not gone unnoticed, either! This year, The Scientist ranked NC State (#36!) as one of the top 40 places for postdocs to work!
The postdoctoral community is also enriched through the efforts of the NC State University Postdoctoral Association (PDA). The PDA, which is serving their second year as a governing body, provides a voice for postdocs across campus. They also coordinate social events for postdocs and their families and work to provide support for postdocs on campus. All postdocs are encouraged to attend PDA meetings and are also welcome to join the General Council.
Although a relatively new organization on campus, OPA has been a model for other campuses throughout the state on how to create and strengthen the identity of postdoctoral scholars. The winning goal is to share experiences and resources and produce a positive postdoctoral experience.
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