Postdoctoral Professional Development Events

Office of Postdoctoral Affairs is organizing the following professional and career development events for postdocs and assistant research professors.

April 9, 2021

11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Diversity and Mentoring Statements for academic positions


There is growing importance and requirement for adding a statement on diversity, equity and inclusion. In this webinar, Dr. Blessing Enekwe and Dr. Linda Macri from University of Maryland, College Park will bring their expertise to present to you about these documents. In addition to diversity, equity and inclusion, they will also talk about sharing your mentoring philosophy and experience. Whether the job ad explicitly asks for a statement on diversity or not, gaining a perspective on these values and mission of higher education and research institutions is critical.

Speaker bio:
Dr. Blessing Enekwe is the Program Director for the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs at the University of Maryland-College Park, helping to establish the office in 2016. In her role, she serves to support professional skills development and community engagement through implementing programming, events. She manages two diversity focused fellowship programs at UMD, the President's Postdoctoral Fellowship Program and the NSF AGEP Promise Academy Alliance Fellowship, also serving as the campus project coordinator.  Additionally, Blessing helps to support mentoring initiatives for graduate students, postdocs, and  faculty through mentor training and the creation of faculty mentoring circles. As a member of the  GCC, she serves as a member of the diversity committee. 

Dr. Linda Macri is the Director of Academic and Professional Development in the Graduate School at the  University of Maryland - College Park and has directed the Graduate School Writing Center since 2014. She is also the co-chair of the Consortium on Graduate Communication. Her academic interests are in composition studies, rhetorical theory, graphic novels and comics, and women's literature. She has taught a wide range of writing and literature courses, and she previously served as the director of the Academic Writing Program in the English Department. 

April 14, 2021

Noon to 1:00 p.m.

Landscape of Higher education and Academic Positions

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Attending this webinar will help you learn about the classification of higher education institutions in the United States, expectations of primarily undergraduate institutions, research-intensive universities, preparation/application package needed for faculty positions and related topics. 

Presented by Pallavi Eswara, Office of Postdoctoral Affairs

April 16, 2021

noon to 1:30 p.m.

Teaching Statements for faculty positions

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Most faculty positions require a teaching statement or a teaching philosophy as a part of the application package. Teaching intensive positions or faculty positions in teaching intensive or primarily undergraduate institutions require a rigorous and well written teaching statement. In this webinar, Dr. Chas Brua and Dr. Deena Levy from Schreyer Institute for Teaching Excellence will present about how to create your teaching philosophy and write your teaching statement.

Dr. Chas Brua is a consultant and Associate Research Professor at Schreyer Institute for Teaching Excellence. I addition to creating workshops, webinars on teaching university level classes, his expertise includes Development of graduate student instructors or TAs, Inclusive teaching and Supporting ESL/EFL instructors or learners

Dr. Levy is a consultant and Associate Research Professor in Schreyer Institute for Teaching Excellence. Her expertise is in Technology & pedagogy, E-learning/learning design, Language teaching and learning

Future events in May and summer willl provide oportunities to connect with Penn State postdoc alumni and career coaches.

Postdocs, faculty members and administrators  interested in  postdoctoral educational plans, mentoring plans for grants, support letters or further details of the workshops and seminars in the past years can contact Pallavi Eswara, Director, Office of Postdoctoral Affairs, E-mail: