"For and governed by postdoctoral scholars, the Dartmouth College Postdoctoral Association aims to aid in the professional development of its members, foster a sense of community and identity among them, and enhance their overall experience at Dartmouth College."
Postdoctoral scholars comprise a vital and significant part of the academic community. The purpose of the DCPDA is to give each and every postdoc an opportunity to succeed according to their individual wants and needs, whether it is to increase their network, participate in social activities, or benefit from the training/career enhancement seminars the association will plan and/or sponsor. Equipping postdocs with the tools needed to find and obtain satisfying and fulfilling careers within or outside of academia is one of the goals of the DCPDA. The DCPDA advocates for Dartmouth Postdocs by fostering institutional recognition of 1) postdocs as a group associated with the College and 2) of our individual training and professional development needs. We play a critical role in creating a centralized resource for postdocs to find personal, professional and career resources needed to succeed within and outside of academia.
Definition of Postdoctoral Scholar for Dartmouth
“A postdoctoral scholar is an individual who has received a doctoral (or equivalent) degree and is appointed for a limited period of time of mentored advanced training to enhance the professional skills and research independence needed to pursue his or her chosen career path. The primary purpose of a postdoctoral scholar is to engage in advanced study and training; in some cases teaching may be part of that training. Normally, a postdoctoral scholar will be supported by external awards or fellowships.”
Before 2008, aside from the resources provided by DCAL and the work that Cindy Tobery had done with postdocs, the College still lacked a centralized resource specifically intended to meet the needs of postdocs. Melanie Rutkowski, the group's founder, set out to establish an institutionally recognized society where postdocs could network, share professional experiences, and receive professional training and counseling for academic and non-academic career options. With the assistance of Elizabeth Bankert, from the Provost Office, and Cindy Tobery, from DCAL, the DCPDA was created.
The newly established association held its kick-off reception in October of 2008, with nearly 1/3 of the total postdocs at Dartmouth College in attendance. On November 14th 2008, approximately 40 postdocs met from various departments and elected officers to represent the DCPDA (President, Melanie Rutkowski; President Elect, Guido Memmi; Vice President, Kristine Hill; Secretary, Maroun Beyrouthy; Treasurer, Joshua Gamsby; Social Chair Heads, Danica Hickey and Louise Hughes; Career Development Heads, Sandeep Tamber and Dhana Nair; Community Service Heads, Hao Xu and Ian Street).
The elected officers pledged to work hard, increasing the College's awareness of postdocs and their individual needs. The DCPDA aims to aid in the professional development of its members, foster a sense of community and identity among them, and enhance their overall experience at Dartmouth College. With a main focus on career and professional development workshops, the DCPDA hopes to equip postdocs with the tools needed to find and obtain satisfying and fulfilling careers within or outside of academia.
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