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The Office of Postdoctoral Affairs (OPA) is responsible for planning and managing programs and services for Vanderbilt’s postdoctoral community. The OPA supports Vanderbilt-affiliated postdocs as well as faculty and staff administrators who work with the postdoctoral population. The OPA is the central resource for postdoctoral services and serves as a liaison among postdocs and central University administrative offices. The OPA also works closely with the Vanderbilt Postdoctoral Association (VPA), formally known as the Postdoctoral Association (PDA), to address the interests and concerns of postdocs.

Staff administrators can now schedule an appointment for training and technical assistance on the postdoc appointment/reappointment process, postdoc policies and other related topics.


Office of Postdoctoral Affairs Faculty and Staff


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Sally Parker, Ph.D.
Senior Assistant Provost
Interim Director, Office of Postdoctoral Affairs
(615) 936-7633

Contact Sally


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Faith Bishop

Program Manager


Contact Faith




Caitlin Haskell

Program Manager


Contact Caitlin

Contact information and address:

Vanderbilt University Office of Postdoctoral Affairs
205 Kirkland Hall
2201 West End Avenue
Nashville, TN 37240

Postdoc Email Listserv

All postdocs are automatically added to the OPA postdoc mailing list (postdocs) within 14 days of their start date.  Postdocs can also self-subscribe by following the directions below.

How to Self-Subscribe to the OPA Postdoc Mailing List

  • Send an email to the (leave subject line blank and use the following text in the body of the message: Subscribe postdocs_all)
  • LISTSERV will send you a confirmation request.  Once you have responded, you will get a notification that you have been subscribed to the postdoc listserv.