Post-doctoral fellows are a critical component of our research enterprise. Across OSU, our world-class faculty attracts the brightest and best. Our research definitely benefits from the contribution of the fresh ideas, energy, knowledge, and often, discovery by post-docs. They are part of the continuum from graduate studies through competitive research, and we value them in this community as models, mentors and colleagues.
In return, OSU honors our responsibilities towards our post-docs. Our faculty supervisors take seriously the commitment to mentor – as we help them follow their interests , build their skills, and access funds, we may help them expand their methodological techniques and expand their networks.
And because the issues of gender parity across academia and our society are paramount, we need this special focus on women as post-docs, in humanities as well as sciences.
I appreciate that the WAGE Office is facilitating important discussions about and for women as post-docs. We at OSU need to evaluate – continually and honestly – where we are and to learn how we can do better at supporting the advancement of women in academics and in the career pipeline. We are all strengthened by helping our students and future students gain realistic expectations of the tenure process, access networking opportunities, and build communication and other skills.
I heartily encourage attendance at the May 27th event, and I look forward to ongoing discussion and support.
Vice President for Research
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