Faculty Guidelines: Step 4

Complete a Postdoctoral Progress Assessment form to present to your postdoc at your annual review meeting.

The Postdoctoral Progress Assessment allows you to determine the degree to which your postdoc has met the expectations established within his or her Career Development Plan with regard to the core postdoctoral competencies: research accomplishments, presentation experience, publication record, and professional development. You are also able to critique his or her progress towards the customized criteria articulated within his or her plan. 

The core competencies alone do not encompass the breadth of skills necessary for a successful postdoctoral experience. The Postdoctoral Progress Assessment provides you the additional dimension of assessing your postdoc’s performance with regard to the following factors:

      1) Execution of Research
      2) Knowledge of Literature
      3) Professional Communication
      4) Interpersonal Skills
      5) Self-Improvement

If you intend to reappoint your postdoc, you should approve or make modifications to your postdoc’s updated Career Development Plan including the Research Independence Plan, if appropriate, during the progress review meeting. You will need to document your approval of your postdoc’s updated Career Development Plan by providing a date on the Postdoctoral Progress Assessment form.

Print the annual Postdoctoral Progress Assessment and acquire your postdoc's signature. If you plan to reappoint your postdoc, you must provide the Center for Postdoctoral Affairs in the Health Sciences a Postdoctoral Progress Assessment and updated Career Development Plan for your postdoc as part of the postdoctoral reappointment approval process.

Performance Improvement Plan

In the event that you determine that your postdoc is in need of significant  improvement in a given competency or performance factor, a clearly defined Performance Improvement Plan and timeline are required. You may use the Performance Improvement Plan template or attach an additional document. If a Performance Improvement Plan is in effect, the Postdoctoral Progress Assessment form allows you to specify a timeline for a follow-up review.

Darlene Zellers, PhD, Director of the Center for Postdoctoral Affairs in the Health Sciences, is available to consult with or to assist you in developing a Performance Improvement Plan upon request, as well as being available to mediate any postdoctoral personnel matter as needed. 

Outcome Summary

If your postdoc completes his or her training or is not being reappointed, please provide the Center for Postdoctoral Affairs in the Health Sciences an Outcome Summary form along with your postdoc's final Postdoctoral Progress Assessment and Employee Record (ER) upon termination. If your postdoc has accepted other employment, he or she is instructed to provide you a completed Outcome Summary form during your final progress review meeting.


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