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Office of the Provost, Division of Academic Affairs, University of Maryland


Announcing the New Office of Postdoctoral Affairs

Dear Colleagues: 

It is with great pleasure that we write to announce the creation of a new Office of Postdoctoral Affairs — a joint initiative from the Graduate School, the Office of Faculty Affairs, and the Division of Research.

As you know, postdoctoral scholars play a vital role in the University of Maryland's research mission, but they are often not as well integrated into the university community as they might be. The newly created Office will provide basic orientation, information, training, mentoring, and services in support of career development. Dr. Sally Simpson, Professor of Criminology and Criminal Justice and Senior Faculty Advisor in the Graduate School, and Dr. Mark Arnold, Director in the Provost's Office of Faculty Affairs, will be leading this effort. In addition, a faculty advisory board will be created to provide oversight and advice.

The Office of Postdoctoral Affairs will be housed in the Graduate School (2123 Lee Building) and will be staffed by a coordinator who will implement programming and other initiatives in support of postdoctoral scholars.

One of the first actions of the Office will be to conduct a survey of postdoctoral scholars and faculty supervisors at UMD to determine priorities for programming and support. The Office will also serve as a resource for faculty and units seeking to recruit postdocs. In the meantime, we would welcome input from the university community including volunteers to serve on the advisory committee.

Please join us in support of this new effort as we work together to integrate postdoctoral scholars more fully into our university community and make their time with us as successful and productive as possible.

Sincerely yours,

Mary Ann Rankin
Senior Vice President and Provost

Patrick O'Shea
Vice President for Research

Charles Caramello
Associate Provost for Academic Affairs and Dean of the Graduate School

John Bertot
Associate Provost for Faculty Affairs