Professional Skills

7-week course launches July 11

Postdoc Academy: Building Skills for a Successful Career

Registration is now open for the second online course from the Postdoc Academy. The “Postdoc Academy: Building Skills for a Successful Career” is a seven-week course launching Monday, July 11 on edX.

The course will help postdocs build foundational professional skills to launch them into their desired career pathway. Themes and topics explored include leadership, building and supervising a team, project management, applying teaching skills beyond the classroom, strategic communications, and preparing job application materials.

Postdoc Academy will also be offering live discussions at different points in the course to engage and network with professionals from various fields, announced closer to the start of the course.

*Postdocs are encouraged NOT to pay for the optional upgrade offered by EdX. A certificate of completion will be awarded FREE of charge by the Postdoc Academy. You do not need to pay to receive a certificate. 

SAVE THE DATES!  Second Fridays of each month, 12:00 noon – 1:00 pm

All sessions will be online via Zoom until further notice.

The “Learn – Discover – Lead” seminar series is designed to provide practical advice for PhD and dual degree scientists, who will be managing and leading research teams of their own.  The target audience is graduate students, combined degree students, postdoctoral research trainees, and junior faculty, but everyone who may benefit from these seminars is welcome to attend!

You must register to receive the Zoom link.  Register by visiting the calendar and clicking on the event that you would like to attend.  There is a separate registration for each event.

See schedule for Fall/Spring 2021-22

Archived Presentations

Presentation Title

Presentation Date


The Art (and Science) of Writing Effective Multiple Choice QuestionsSeptember 13, 2019Patrick Duff, MD, Associate Dean for Student Affairs, College of Medicine
Effective Science Communication in the Internet AgeOctober 11, 2019Kevin Folta, PhD, Professor, Horticultural Sciences, IFAS
Project ManagementNovember 8, 2019Jenny Seitz, MEd, Training System Administrator, UF Training & Organizational Development
Team Dynamics and Leading TeamsDecember 13, 2019Wayne T. McCormack, PhD, Director, Office of Biomedical Research Career Development
Mentoring Across DiversityJanuary 10, 2020Jeremy A. Magruder Waisome, PhD, iAAMCS Project Manager, UF Dept. of Computer & Information Science & Engineering
Leadership in ScienceFebruary 14, 2020Julie A. Johnson, Pharm.D., Dean and Distinguished Professor, College of Pharmacy, University of Florida
Intellectual Property – Where Science Meets BusinessMarch 13, 2020Anita Rao, MS, MBA, Assistant Director, UF Innovate Tech Licensing; Jeffrey D. Hsi, PhD, JD, Shareholder, Pharmaceutical Group from the Intellectual Property Law Firm o Wolf, Greenfield & Sacks, P.C.
Communication and Conflict ManagementApril 10, 2020Jade Williams, PhD, Lecturer, UF Dial Center for Written and Oral Communication
University Structure & Planning for PromotionMay 8, 2020Mark Segal, MD, PhD, Senior Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs and Professional Development
Collaboration Plans: A Secret to Success for CollaborationJune 12, 2020Wayne T. McCormack, PhD, Director, Office of Biomedical Research Career Development
Get Stuff DoneSeptember 11, 2020Amanda Catron, UF Office of Graduate Professional Development
Getting Published Increasing VisibilityOctober 9, 2020Linda B. Cottler, PhD, Professor, Dept. of Epidemiology, Associate Dean for Research & Planning, College of Public Health and Health Professions
Obtaining and Negotiating a Faculty PositionDecember 11, 2020L. Jeannine Brady, PhD, Dept. of Oral Biology, College of Dentistry
Embracing and Leading ChangeJanuary 8, 2021Wayne T. McCormack, PhD, Director Office of Biomedical Research Career Development
Leadership Strategies for Emerging ProfessionalsFebruary 12, 2021Lindsay Lynch, EdD, Human Development & Organizational Strategies in Education, College of Education, Dept. of Oral Biology, College of Dentistry
Managing Public Speaking AnxietyMarch 12, 2021Diana Nagy, EdD, Senior Lecturer, Dial Center for Written and Oral Communication, College of Journalism & Communication
Peer Review: What You REALLY Need to KnowApril 9, 2021Bruce A. Goldberger, PhD, Professor and the Chief of the Division of Forensic Medicine in the Department of Pathology, Immunology and Laboratory Medicine
Incorporating Adult Learning Principles into InstructionMay 14, 2021Erik W. Black, PhD MPH, Associate Professor of Pediatrics and Education, College of Medicine, Associate Director, HSC Office of Interprofessional Education
Ethics in the Mentoring RelationshipJune 11, 2021Roger Fillingim, PhD, Professor, Department of Community Dentistry and Behavioral Science, UF Mentor Academy Director