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VPA Committees

There are five standing committees of the VPA which exist to execute its 3 main activities:

1) Scholarly Learning 

2) Social Activities

3) Postdoc Advocacy

 

If you are interested in joining any of these committees, please contact the executive board at postdoc@vanderbilt.edu.

The standing committees and their current members are:

A. Committee on Scholarly Learning – This committee will be responsible for selecting speakers (either internal or external) for regular seminars or workshops of interest to the postdocs, organizing an annual postdoc poster symposium at Vanderbilt, and inviting a noted individual for our Postdoc Distinguished Speaker series.

Members: To be determined for 2018-19 Academic Year

 

B. Committee on Social Activities – This committee will be responsible for planning, organizing, and implementing social activities for the postdoc community. These include the annual summer family picnic, annual holiday party, happy hours, service events, and other social events that the committee decides on.

Members: To be determined for 2018-19 Academic Year

 

C. Committee on Postdoc Advocacy – This committee will evaluate concerns and/or complaints from postdocs and pass those on to the executive committee who will bring up problems to the appropriate people. Furthermore, this committee is responsible for creating and sending out quarterly (or bi-annual) surveys to solicit input from postdocs on problems and/or needs.

Members: To be determined for 2018-19 Academic Year

 

D. Committee on Communications – This committee will be responsible for communication with the Vanderbilt postdoc community. Three subcommittees are responsible for Social media, the VPA website, and the VPA newsletter. The chair and subcommittees will make all effort to connect with as many Vanderbilt postdocs as possible.

- Subcommittee for Website. Members: Chris Smith, Aaron May

- Subcommittee for Newsletter. Members: To be determined for 2018-19 Academic Year

- Subcommittee for Social Media. Members: To be determined for 2018-19 Academic Year


E. Committee on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion – This committee will organize events that have a specific focus on underrepresented women, LGBTQ and ethnic/racial populations within their disciplines, whilst aiding the entire postdoc community. This committee will gather information from postdocs on their sources of support on campus and organize events based on the postdocs’ needs.

Members: To be determined for 2018-19 Academic Year

 

Those involved in the important task of outreach to postdocs and the greater Vanderbilt & Nashville communities extend beyond the 5 standing committees as they assist them in promoting events and achieving the goals of the VPA.

Members of our Outreach group are: To be determined for 2018-19 Academic Year

 

If you are interested in joining any of these committees, please contact the executive board at postdoc@vanderbilt.edu.