Upcoming Events

"Welcome" Mini-Orientation Sessions for New Postdoctoral Scholars on Campus

Honors, Scholars & Fellows House (HSF), Room 3009, noon (12 pm) and by zoom conference
Monday, January 31, 2022.

REGISTRATION LINK IS NOW OPEN!  Please register before Friday, January 28th.

If you are a new postdoctoral scholar to the FSU campus, this “Welcome” is a nice brown bag lunch activity that will fit into your busy research schedule. The design will be limited to where you will receive the essentials of getting your research started at FSU and have access to Human Resources and Office of Postdoctoral Affairs Staff. At this time, you will also be introduced to the Postdoctoral Association (PDA) - your peer network of postdocs on campus. Attending a “welcome” in your first few months of employment at FSU will serve to fulfill your mandatory orientation. 

Presentation Time

Presenter/Documents (PDF)

12:00 PM Welcome, Debra Ann Fadool, Director of the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs (OPDA)
12:05- 12:15 PM

Michelle Lawson, J1 Exchange Visitor Adviser (VISA, International Scholars) Presentation

12:15 - 12:25 PM

Caity Kelly, Assistant Director of Instructional Excellence (Teaching Postdoctoral Scholars) PIE Website

12:25 - 12:40 PM

Debra Fadool, Opportunities, Resources, Annual Events, and Policies (Mini-Orientation) Main Presentation and also Individual Development Plan

12:40 - 12:50 PM Kelly McLaughlin and Dani Staats, Human Resources (Health Insurance, OPS and Campus Benefits)
Postdoc Health Benefits and Retirement Plans
12:50 - 1:00 PM Mohammad Nooranidoost, Vice-President of the Postdoctoral Association (PDA)

Biological/Neurological Science Postoctoral Workshop

Topic: Bio/Neuro Workshop--Meeting, new postdoc introductions, workshop plans
Date/Time: Monday,January 10, 2022 12:00 PM Eastern Time

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Parental Leave Survey - We want your input!

The PDA and OPDA invite faculty and postdocs to follow a survey 



A literature review conducted in 2017 found that paid parental leave was associated with improved infant and maternal health outcomes (Heymann et al., 2017). In 2018, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics found that 17% of all civilian workers had access to paid family leave, and 89% had access to unpaid family leave (inclusive of maternity and paternity leave, adoption leave and caring for a sick relative) (Statistics, 2019). Under federal law, postdoc fathers and/or mothers who have worked at FSU for at least 12 months have the right to 12 weeks of unpaid leave in accordance with the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA). Currently, tenure-track faculty at FSU have access to 16 weeks of paid parental leave. However, there is currently no paid parental leave policy in place for FSU postdocs.  

We are interested in learning more about the thoughts and opinions of faculty members regarding a proposal for paid parental leave for postdocs. Please answer several questions to allow us to better understand the opinions of faculty.  Your answers will help us in formulating a proposal for postdoctoral parental leave tailored to the needs of our institution.  We will share the results of the survey with the Postdoc Advisory Board that governs postdoctoral scholars at FSU.

Please note that this survey is anonymous and you will not be able to be identified.

This survey should take approximately 5 minutes of your time.

Thank you!

Shannon Montgomery, PDA President


Heymann, J. et al. (2017) ‘Paid parental leave and family wellbeing in the sustainable development era’, Public Health Reviews, 38(1), p. 21. doi: 10.1186/s40985-017-0067-2.

Statistics, U. S. B. of L. (2019) Access to paid and unpaid family leave in 2018. Available at: https://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2019/access-to-paid-and-unpaid-family-leave-in-2018.htm (Accessed: 24 March 2021).

Diversity and Inclusion Survey

The PDA and OPDA invite you to follow a survey Posted HERE

Diversity and Inclusion is of utmost importance to the FSU Postdoctoral Association (PDA).  Our survey (5-8 minutes completion time) will help us assess and report on the diversity and inclusion of the postdoc population at FSU.  Only the FSU PDA and Office of Postdoctoral Affairs (OPDA) will have access to the data, which will be secure and anonymous. To protect the privacy of all postdocs, the survey responses will be anonymized and collated with the responses of all other FSU postdocs, so that no individual's responses will be tabulated.

We hope the data will guide us to enhance the diversity and inclusion of FSU postdocs!

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