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Professional Development

UCF Programs

The College of Graduate Studies works with partners across campus to provide programming specifically for Postdoctoral Scholars. Beginning in the Spring 2018, postdocs can take advantage of the following opportunities.

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.

February 21, 2018
3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Graduate Student Center in Colbourn Hall, 146

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?

The Writing Club is for Postdoctoral Scholars and graduate students; 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!

The Writing Club will meet on the following Fridays from 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. in the Graduate Student Center in Colbourn Hall, 146.

Spring Writing Club Dates
January 19, 2018
February 2, 2018
February 16, 2018
March 2, 2018
March 23, 2018
April 6, 2018
April 20, 2018

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.

NPA Competencies

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.

IDP Resources

UCF Services and Programs

Postdoctoral scholars can find support through a variety of UCF services and programs.

Office of Research

College of Graduate Studies

UCF Libraries

Environmental Health and Safety EHS Training

Faculty Center for Teaching and Learning

International Affairs and Global Strategies

Career Services

  • One-on-one counseling sessions and mock interviews – call 407.823.2361 to schedule
  • Workshops in Pathways to Success

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