Postdoctoral Career Development & Progress Assessment Process Old


The Postdoctoral Career Development and Progress Assessment process is required for all postdoctoral associates and postdoctoral scholars in the schools of the health sciences. The Center for Postdoctoral Affairs in the Health Sciences monitors and manages this activity.


Key features of this process include:

  • Postdoctoral Career Development Plan that identifies a postdoc’s long-term and short-term objectives which the faculty mentor and postdoctoral trainee have identified as important steps in the postdoc’s scientific and professional development.
  • An optional Research Independence Plan that allows trainees, in conjunction with their faculty mentor, to articulate the goals and objectives which can lead to their own independent research program.
  • Postdoctoral Mentoring Team, consisting of two faculty members or professionals, in addition to the primary faculty mentor, that will provide expanded networks of support for all postdocs in the schools of the Health Sciences.
  • Postdoctoral Self-Assessment exercise that provides a structure for postdocs to compare their annual accomplishments to the expectations set forth in their Career Development Plans.
  • An innovative Postdoctoral Progress Assessment instrument that assesses core postdoctoral research competencies and performance factors as well as critiques a trainee’s progress towards his or her customized career goals as articulated in his or her Career Development Plan.


For Postdocs

For Faculty


Career Development Plan (CDP)

Postdoctoral Self-Assessment

Progress Assessment

Improvement Plan

Outcome Summary


General Questions or Assistance
(412) 648-8486

Referrals or Consultations (Specific Postdoctoral Personnel Matters)

Darlene Zellers, PhD, Director
Tammy Dennis, Associate Director