Professional Development

The Office of Postdoctoral Studies sponsors a number of events including the following professional development programs for postdocs.  If you have questions about any of the programs, contact Christine Holmes at

Postdoc Leadership Program (Certificate Program)

Overview:  Leadership involves working effectively with other people to shape social reality and achieve organizational goals. It is a critical factor in organizational and career success. Every postdoc, no matter what field of endeavor, will face a variety of difficult leadership challenges. How these challenges are met will have a significant impact on the postdoc’s career and life.

Cosponsored by the Office of Postdoctoral Studies and the VP of Human Resources and Safety Services, this 10-module program is designed to introduce postdocs to some key concepts and skills of leadership in today’s complex environment. It provides a practical forum to assess and develop personal leadership skills in self-knowledge, planning and problem solving, group dynamics and team building, cultural fluency, conflict resolution, and facilitation of change.         

Schedule:  September through March

Program Objectives:

  • Explore leadership across cultures
  • Enhance awareness of personal style
  • Examine and practice tools for use in leadership roles
  • Build the Post Doc community
  • Provide an opportunity to network with others and learn how to create networks to support change


  • Module 1:  Understanding Leadership and Personal Style:  MBTI and leadership in context
  • Module 2:  Moving from Group to Team
  • Module 3: Understanding Organizations
  • Module 4: Where you sit in the organization makes a difference in the view—Leaders and Followers
  • Module 5:  Dealing with Challenges—Resolving your own conflicts
  • Module 6: Exploring Cultural Fluency
  • Module 7: Law, Policy and the role of the Post Doc Leader
  • Module 8:  Dealing with Challenges—considering the nuances of culture in conflict resolution
  • Module 9:  Leading sustainably:  Building Resiliency
  • Module10:  Bringing it all together:  Knowledge Synthesis

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