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The Office of Graduate Studies (OGS) is responsible for campus administration of the Office of Postdoctoral Education (OPE) at the University of Missouri.

What is a Postdoctoral Fellow?

The purpose of a postdoctoral appointment is to provide recent recipients (normally within the past eight years) of PhDs or equivalent doctorates with additional research and scholarly training for careers in research or higher education.

The role and status of a postdoctoral fellow should be clearly differentiated from those of a graduate student, full-time technical staff member or faculty employee. The title “postdoctoral fellow” generically refers to all doctoral-level scholars engaged in advanced education and training that is of limited duration (typically five years or fewer) and designed to prepare them for academic and/or research careers. For postdoctoral fellows whose responsibilities are primarily teaching (i.e., teaching 2 3-credit classes each semester), they will hold the title of “postdoctoral fellow – teaching.” These titles apply regardless of whether the postdoctoral trainee is a salaried employee of the university or a stipend-supported fellow receiving funding directly from a granting agency or through a Mizzou account.


Role of Departments & Programs

Issues pertaining to specific terms of appointment, position requirements or limitations not specifically covered in this policy statement are the responsibility of the faculty mentor and appointing department. Departments can, and are encouraged to, develop their own policies and programs for postdoctoral trainees that may be more comprehensive than those described within campus policies.

Responsibilities of Postdoctoral Fellows

Appointment as a postdoctoral scholar imposes responsibilities on the trainee to the mentor, laboratory colleagues, the department with which they are affiliated, the university and the agency that supports them. These responsibilities include:
  • Conscientious discharge of research responsibilities.
  • Conformance to ethical standards in research.
  • Compliance with good laboratory practices.
  • Maintenance of laboratory notebooks and/or other records of research activity.
  • Adherence to university and departmental standards and policies regarding the use of isotopes, chemicals, infectious agents, research animals, human subjects as well as other policies regarding workplace safety.
  • Initiation of open and timely discussions with the mentor regarding all facets of research.
  • Prompt disclosure of information to the mentor regarding the possession of and/or intent to distribute materials, reagents, software, copyright-able and potentially patent-able discoveries derived from the research.
  • Collegiate conduct toward members of the research laboratory and others.
  • Compliance with all applicable university policies and the terms of the sponsoring agency’s grant, contract or fellowship stipulations.
Teaching postdoctoral scholars may or may not have some research responsibilities. If so, their research responsibilities should be consistent with those listed above. In addition, teaching postdoctoral scholars will be responsible for teaching credit-generating courses and other responsibilities may also include:
  • Student Advising
  • Student Mentoring
  • Course Development

Preparing Future Faculty Postdoctoral Fellowship Program

The PFF Postdoctoral Scholars Programs provide teaching and/or research and professional development opportunities for postdoctoral scholars. The program allows postdoctoral scholars opportunities to participate in mentored training to more fully prepare them for their careers. Fellows are invited to develop discipline-based or interdisciplinary courses or teach prepared courses in their discipline.

There are two PFF Postdoctoral Fellowship Programs. One is designed specifically for any postdoctoral fellow on the MU campus and MU doctoral students who will be completing their degree prior to the start of the fellowship. The goal of this program is to provide and/or expand teaching and professional development opportunities for postdoctoral scholars. Fellows are invited to develop discipline-based or interdisciplinary courses or teach prepared courses in their discipline. Funding for this program requires a match from the academic unit in which they will be housed. Applications for this program are contingent upon funding availability.

The PFF Postdoctoral Program for Faculty Diversity is designed to promote and develop scholars for tenure-track faculty positions at the University of Missouri or elsewhere, in any discipline. The fellowships are for 2 years, during which time the scholars focus on scholarship and participate in professional development activities that integrate and expose them to the faculty experience, including the opportunity to teach in their discipline during the second year.

Applicants who have completed their degree at an accredited university by July 1, 2018 are eligible to apply. Current postdoctoral scholars also may apply if their doctoral degree was awarded in or after spring 2013. Applicants should demonstrate how they can contribute to faculty diversity, such as through membership in a group that is historically underrepresented or undeserved in a particular discipline or through other training experience. The link for application materials for the PFF Postdoctoral Fellowship for Faculty Diversity can be found below. Please note that this portal is the same portal used for graduate admissions and you will need to create an account as a first-time user to begin the application process. All application materials must be received by 11:59 PM, November 30, 2017.


PFF Postdoctoral Fellows Program

Cohort 1

Kira Bailey

Department of Psychological Sciences

Jess Bowers

Department of English

Natalie Downer

Division of Biological Sciences

Kathryn Jones

Department of Textiles and Apparel Management

Barbara Mitchell

Department of Special Education

Jamin Perry

Department of Chemistry

Jacob Westhoff

Department of Fisheries and Wildlife Sciences

Cohort 2

Alex Cahill

Department of Theatre

Holly Holladay

Department of Women’s and Gender Studies

Department of Communication

Honors College

Ae-Kyung Jung

Department of Educational, School and Counseling Psychology

Matthew Lee

Department of Psychological Sciences

Juliette Paul

Department of English