|PDA Toolkit Table of Contents|
Formation of a PDA
In this section you will find a basic guide to starting your PDA, how to write bylaws or charter, and a sample Executive Summary. View the special article Starting & Maintaining a PDA.
Identifying Administrators Responsible for Research and Training Policies
Who to approach to assist with the establishment of a PDA and subsequent advocacy for policy changes.
Gaining Support from Faculty and Administrative Advocates
Useful tips on how to identify the correct people and gain their support.
Developing a Budget and Obtaining Funds
Includes a sample budget.
Legal Issues for PDAs
In order to set-up your PDA and accept funds to operate the association, you may need to obtain legal advice.
Ensuring Continuity of Leadership
Useful advice to ensure optimal productivity of your PDA.
In order to recruit postdocs to join your PDA, you need to find them first. Information on surveys and postdoc databases is provided.
Recruiting and Retaining Postdoc Members
Suggestions for building an active and engaged postdoc membership.
Strategies for Conducting a Postdoc Survey
What are the true wants and needs of a postdoc? Find useful articles and information on how to produce your own survey.
Postdoc Surveys and the IRB
An overview of when and how to seek approval from your Institutional Review Board when surveying your postdocs.
Institutional Procedures Governing Policy Change
Before you can advocate for better policies, it is essential to understand the institutional procedures for making policy changes.
Providing Guidance on Postdocs' Roles and Responsibilities
Information on how to encourage postdocs to adopt a proactive role in their training.
Developing a Postdoctoral Scholars Handbook
An overview of what to include in a postdoc handbook. Includes examples and links to handbooks from a number of institutions.
Running an Effective Meeting
Some tips on how to plan and facilitate an effective meeting.
Additional Skills Required for PDA Officers
Tips and links to helpful articles on how to build your communication, leadership, and negotiation skills.
Teambuilding for your PDA Leadership
Teambuilding tools that can assist in creating and maintaining effective leadership for your PDA.
Time Management for PDA Officers
How to balance scientific research with your advocacy work.
Networking with PDA Leaders Nationwide
How and where to meet other PDA leaders.
References and Links