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Resources for Postdocs

Thanks to those who celebrated NPAW2022 at our reception with Dean Stephen Crites!

The Graduate School serves as the institutional contact office for issues related to Postdoctoral Fellows. UTEP Postdocs may participate in professional development activities, access services, and request assistance.

Join our UTEP Postdocs Facebook Group to exchange information, socialize, and offer mutual support.

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 below and using their UTEP email address.


The Office of the Provost, in consultation with faculty, the Graduate School, postdoctoral fellows, and Human Resources, has published guidelines and suggested best practices for postdoctoral appointments. This document clarifies the characteristics and process of postdoctoral positions as well as individual and departmental responsibilities. 


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).


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 below and using their UTEP email address.

Inclusive Excellence

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.

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.



Stephen Crites, Ph.D.
Dean of the Graduate School &
Associate Provost for Graduate Studies