Postdoctoral Professional Development
The College of Graduate Studies works with partners across campus to provide programming specifically for Postdoctoral Scholars. Postdocs can take advantage of the following opportunities in fall.
Getting Off the Island: Postdoc Survival
This session will be a roundtable discussion for participants to share their experiences at post-docs at UCF. We will learn from each other and draw parallels between post-doc life and that of an associate professor. Participants ideally will leave with the beginning of a support network on campus to help with successful career endeavors.
Knights Writing Club
- Are you trying to establish a good writing rhythm?
- Are you seeking a space for support and accountability?
- Are you looking for like-minded peers?
Come join a writing club for Postdoctoral Scholars and graduate students to start off the spring semester with a focus on advancing your writing: a paper, manuscript, thesis or dissertation.
Each session is a loosely structured writing session. During the first ten minutes, every participant will state what they are working on, their goal for the time block, and they will be able to ask a writing-related question to the group. In the remaining time, everyone will spend time working on individual projects. At the end, everyone will report on their progress and briefly describe the next step on their project.
Bring your own laptop or use a computer in the Center. No registration is necessary. Everyone is welcome to drop in!
We will meet on the following Fridays from 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. in the Graduate Student Center in Colbourn Hall, 146.
Fall Writing Club Dates TBA
National Postdoctoral Association
UCF is a sustaining member of the National Postdoctoral Association (NPA), which can help you connect with the broader postdoctoral community and provides many excellent resources. UCF encourages your participation through a free membership.
The National Postdoctoral Association has identified six core competencies for postdoctoral scholars. These competencies serve as a guide for the scholar through self-assessment and planning of goals for training and skills they wish to enhance or acquire during their postdoctoral experience.
Since competencies often overlap and affect each other, “the most effective use of the NPA Core Competencies may be to identify and focus on development in areas that will lead to growth in more than one competency” (The NPA Postdoctoral Core Competencies, pp. 2-3). For each competency, NPA offers extensive guidance as well as reading lists.
Individual Development Plan
An Individual Development Plan (IDP) is a written proposal of goals for personal and professional development. Creating an IDP helps postdoctoral scholars evaluate current skills, interests and strengths; create a plan for developing skills for meeting academic and professional goals; and communicate these goals with their mentors. Faculty mentors can assist their postdoctoral scholars in refining their goals and creating an action plan to measure their progress.
It is recommended that all postdoctoral scholars complete an IDP with their mentor and revisit it annually. Below you will find helpful resources from professional societies, academic institutions, and UCF.
Postdoctoral scholars who are UCF Preeminent Postdoctoral Program (P3) recipients are required to create an IDP and report annually on their progress to the College of Graduate Studies.
- American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS)
- American Psychological Association (APA)
- American Psychological Association (IDP video tutorials)
- Imagine PhD (Humanities and Social Sciences)
- National Institutes of Health (NIH) Guidelines for IDP
- National Postdoctoral Association (NPA) Core Competencies
- U.S. Department of Commerce IDP for Business Students
Postdoctoral scholars can find support through a variety of UCF services and programs.
- Grantsmanship Webcourse
- Research Development, including assistance finding funding opportunities and preparing proposals
- Research Integrity and Compliance
College of Graduate Studies
- Pathways to Success, (free workshops on a variety of topics to help build your skills)
- English Speaking Testing and Oral Communication for Internationals, English Language Institute
- One-on-one counseling sessions and mock interviews – call 407.823.2361 to schedule
- Workshops, in Pathways to Success