Postdoctoral Affairs E-Newsletter [Vanderbilt University]

August 10, 2021

Mark your calendars for National Postdoc Appreciation Week, September 20-24, 2021!

Since 2009, the National Postdoc Association has sponsored National Postdoc Appreciation Week to recognize the significant contributions that postdocs make to research and discovery.

We have curated several events in appreciation of our postdoc community that we hope you will enjoy. The full lineup is below including registration information. We are thankful for your service and vital contributions to Vanderbilt.


C. André Christie-Mizell, Ph.D.
Vice Provost for Graduate Education
Director, Office of Postdoctoral Affairs
Dean of the Graduate School
Centennial Professor of Sociology


Wellness Workshop: Dealing with Change

Monday, September 20, 12-1pm (Zoom)

The Work/Life Connections-EAP Postdoc Wellness Program is offering a Workshop on Dealing with Change. Organizational and personal change is an inevitable life stressor which can require an individual to adopt a more open attitude concerning the opportunities that change presents. Change as a stressor is reframed with the responsibility for adaptations being placed upon the individual. Register for the event here to receive the Zoom login.

Complimentary Postdoc Headshots 

Tuesday, September 21, 8am-12pm & Wednesday, September 22, 1:10-6pm (2017B Eskind Biomedical Library)

Photographer Anne Rayner will be shooting complimentary headshots for the postdoc community. Make an appointment for a new or updated headshot. More information here and pick your preferred time slot here.

Postdoc Appreciation Picnic

Tuesday, September 21, 5-7pm (Fannie Mae Dees Park)

Postdocs and their families are invited to a picnic at Fannie Mae Dees Park (also known as the “the dragon park”)!.We look forward to a family-friendly event and seeing you in person again! Please RSVP here so we have an accurate count for food; please note any food allergies/restrictions. The deadline to register is September 13.

Coffee with OPA Leadership

Thursday, September 23, 10-11am (100 Alumni Hall)

Stop by 100 Alumni Hall between 10-11am on Thursday to meet our OPA Team: OPA Director, Vice Provost Christie-Mizell, OPA Assistant Director, Faith Bishop, and OPA Program and Communications Manager, Caitlin Haskell. We look forward to visiting with you! Register here.