The mission of the Postdoctoral Association (PDA) at Wright State University is to establish, nourish, and sustain an academic and administrative community for both mentors and postdoctoral fellows so that the latter can focus on research training and professional development, thereby fostering independent research, recognition, and positive change.
To provide oversight and coordination responsibilities for postdoctoral training and research
To offer a complete series of programs with emphasis on and enhancement of career development, as well as personal development
To foster a sense of community and identity among the postdoctoral scholars and improve interactions between postdocs and faculty
To facilitate the integration of postdoctoral scholars into the research and teaching establishment
To provide a forum for discussion of postdoctoral issues (e.g. career development, salary, mentoring) and for social gatherings and scholarly camaraderie
To offer information to new and existing postdocs (e.g. welcoming committees, foreign visas, opportunities for research and career development grants, housing locations, childcare, etc)
To connect Wright State postdocs with national organizations such as the National Postdoctoral Association
Having a successful PDA provides a voice for the postdocs, thus leading to changes that improve their personal and professional development as well as the overall postdoc experience.
Better trained postdocs, job postings, better candidates for institutional training grants (e.g. NIH, NSF), positive recruitment tool, collaborative research
Postdoc training, orientation, postdoc alumni network, talent retention, interdisciplinary recognition, enhancement of competition, many events aimed at postdocs will also attract, and be very relevant to, graduate student training
Caroline G.L. Cao, Ph.D.
Nadja Grobe, Ph.D. - President
Patrick Sonner, Ph.D. - Vice President
Ji Chen, Ph.D. - Secretary
Matt Martin, Ph.D. - Treasurer, Web design
Valerie Neff, Ph.D. - Social Chair
If you would like to know the schedule of our next meeting or if you have any questions, comments, or suggestions, please feel free to contact the PDA representative at WSU, Nadja Grobe, by email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or phone (937) 775-2395.
Wright State postdocs and faculty attended the Purdue Conference for Pre-Tenure Women