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Postdoctoral Academic Career Development

The Postdoctoral Academic Career Development (PACD) Program offers an opportunity for postdoctoral researchers to participate in enhancing the research culture at predominately undergraduate institutions (PUIs) in the state of South Carolina. Postdoctoral scholars in the PACD Program seek out collaborations with PUI faculty based primarily on either common teaching or research interests, serving as a professional conduit between the two types of institutions. For the postdoctoral scholar interested in pedagogy, Option I offers an opportunity to acquire a substantial mentored teaching experience in conjunction with their primary training in research. For the postdoctoral scholar seeking to explore the research environment at a PUI, Option II affords an opportunity to develop skills for incorporating students in a research project with the potential for increasing interest in pursuing graduate education. Both PACD options give scholars the valuable experience of transitioning into a new phase of their professional development.

The underlying hypothesis for the PACD Program is that the fundamentals of effective teaching/training students are directly applicable to the conduct of research. The goals of the PACD Program are to (1) provide teaching experience, increase research competitiveness, and expand career opportunities for the postdoctoral scholar as they serve as role models for students, (2) promote the infusion of contemporary research activities into undergraduate science and mathematics curricula, and (3) enhance research collaborations between faculty at PUI and research-intensive institutions. Postdoctoral scholars are the ideal emissaries for achieving these goals.

Participation in the PACD program will necessitate the scholar developing effective time management skills and being more focused in the experimental design of their research project. It is anticipated that the scholar’s training in pedagogical methods will enhance their communication skills, which should result in more effective seminars and grant proposals on their research pursuits. Expected outcomes for the postdoctoral scholar will be quantified based on the number of proposals submitted, peer-reviewed publications, interviews, and job offers. Impact to the host institution will include greater emphasis on research methodology in existing courses and/or creation of new courses emphasizing research.

General inquiries regarding this program should be made to:  
Edie C. Goldsmith, PhD
PACD Program Director
Associate Professor
Department of Cell Biology and Anatomy
University of South Carolina
Phone: 803-216-3809
Fax: 803-216-3846

Proposals are due to the SC EPSCoR/IDeA Office by close of business, Thursday, March 1, 2012.  Please see the solicitation for more specific information, proposal guidelines, and submission processes. 

Solicitation: 12-102 - Postdoctoral Academic Career Development Program (pdf)
Effective: January 25, 2012
Cover Sheet: PACD Cover Sheet (doc)



There will be a postdoctoral fellow workshop held on February 23. This workshop is open to all postdoctoral fellows in South Carolina.  Register for the workshop here.