Resources for Postdocs


The Graduate School is pleased to serve as the institutional point-of-contact for Postdoctoral Fellows at UTEP. In that capacity, the Graduate School will provide advocacy, support, and guidelines for Postdocs to ensure they have a productive experience while on campus. Postdocs are also welcome to participate in The Graduate School's professional development activities and discussions on diversity. Each semester The Dean of the Graduate School, Dr. Charles Ambler, hosts informal events with postdocs in order to hear about the accomplishments and challenges unique to postdoctoral fellows.

UTEP is proud to be an institutional member of The National Postdoctoral Association, which provides an array of resources of interest to postdocs, their mentors, and graduate students considering a postdoctoral fellowship. In order to access these valuable resources, graduate students, faculty, staff, and postdocs can apply for Affiliate membership by clicking here and using their UTEP email address.

Mentoring

The Graduate School recognizes the value of mentoring and recommends that graduate students and postdocs actively seek mentoring relationships with faculty members at UTEP and in their field at other institutions. Different mentors may provide different types of assistance, so we recommend students and postdocs have multiple faculty members (as well as professionals outside the academy) to whom they can look for advice and guidance. Mentors should introduce young scholars to established people in the field, teach norms and best practices of the discipline, and work with mentees to create an Individual Development Plan (external link-University of Wisconsin). https://grad.wisc.edu/pd/idp/


The links at the bottom of the page provide information and resources on a number of topics related to mentoring. Importantly, The UTEP Center for Faculty Leadership and Development facilitates professional development activities related to mentoring, so check their schedule often. A good mentoring relationship is crucial to the success of postdoctoral scholars as they develop original research ideas and move toward greater independence and maturity. Indeed, mentoring the next generation of scholars is a shared professional responsibility of all members of the academy. The National Postdoctoral Association provides a Toolkit on Mentoring, which includes articles, mentoring plan templates, and other resources for protégés and their mentors.  In order to access these valuable resources, graduate students, faculty, staff, and postdocs can apply for Affiliate membership by clicking here and using their UTEP email address.

Inclusion and Diversity

The University of Texas at El Paso is committed to providing equal opportunity to all employees and individuals seeking employment or access to its programs, facilities or services, and will not discriminate against these persons on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, religion, age, disability, genetic information, veteran’s status, sexual orientation, or gender identity. In addition to this commitment, the University will take affirmative steps to insure that applicants are employed, and employees are treated, during all aspects of employment, in a non-discriminatory manner.

In this spirit, The UTEP Graduate School hosts informal conversations about diversity in higher education—both from the point of view of the challenges facing individuals from underrepresented groups and in terms of university efforts to create diverse academic communities on campus. Any doctoral student or postdoc interested in this topic is welcome to attend.

The National Postdoctoral Association website has a section on Diversity Programs and Resources, which includes a handbook, a list of fellowships for scholars from underrepresented groups, and resources related to best practices in inclusion in higher education.

Guidelines

Currently under institutional review, the Graduate School is drafting guidelines for Postdoctoral Fellows. The Graduate School welcomes feedback from current and former UTEP postdocs, faculty, and professional staff.

Resources

Contacts

Charles Ambler
cambler@utep.edu
Dean of The Graduate School

J. Aaron Waggoner
jawaggoner@utep.edu
915 747-5777
Assistant Director for Professional Development & Support