New Postdoctoral Orientation

New Postdoctoral Full Orientation

If you are a new postdoctoral scholar at FSU, then we have two different platforms for you to get oriented and start your career running.  

  • The first is a noon-time New Postdoctoral Welcome Session that occurs the last Monday of the months of January, April, October.  This is a good venue to get your employment paperwork initiated, find your immediate research-related resources on campus, be introduced to the director of the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs, and hear from our Postdoctoral Association (PDA) regarding opportunities for career-related events and professional development.  Click here to find information about the next "Welcome" and registration materials.  
  • The second is a full orientation that occurs once a year at the end of the summer.  If you arrive in the late spring or during the summer semester, this is the best orientation for you.  This session adds to the "Welcome" and gives you the opportunity to develop your Individual Development Plan (IDP) with your advisor.  You can see the agenda from the full day orientation that was held on August 16th, 2019 below and the full slide set of information is provided as a resource for you to reference throughout the year.  See details below from the recent Postdoc orientation.

There was a full orientation required for all new postdoctoral scholars and their mentors that have been on FSU campus for one year or less on August 16th, in the Honors, Scholars, and Fellows building (HSF) that began at 8:30 am. Important information regarding new postdoctoral policies and regulations will be presented along with an opportunity to fully plan your Individual Development Plan (IDP) with your advisor. Lunch will provided and new postdocs will have the opportunity to meet fellow Postdoctoral Scholar Officers of the Postdoctoral Association (PDA).  Copies of the textbook "Making the Right Moves", a helpful text on your career advancement developed by HHMI and the National Academy, along with other professional development resources will be distributed on memory jump drives.

The following information will be presented by directors and coordinators of these topics -

  • Expectations, Policies, Resources, Research Opportunities Animal and Human Subjects
  • Individual Development Plan
  • Funding your Research
  • Teaching Opportunities and Guidelines
  • Interfacing with Professional Development at the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs and the Graduate School
  • Canvas and Omni Software Introduction (Payroll, Reimbursements)
  • Human Resources (Minimum Salary, Health Insurance, Leave Policy, Retirement, Florida Prepaid College)
  • Data Management Plans
  • Career Center
  • Postdoctoral Association (Events, Professional Development, and Networking)
  • International Scholar VISA and Global Community
  • Center for Intensive English Studies

Additional Documents


Feel free to contact me  if you have any questions regarding the orientation or postdoctoral concerns; happy to assist.
Debi Fadool

Associate Dean for Postdoctoral Affairs
Director of OPDA

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