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The Resource Development Committee develops tools and resources for the postdoctoral community including content and publications on the NPA website.

Are you interested in resources for international postdocs and efforts towards diversity? Do you want to gain experience in writing and editing or website development? Are you interested in communicating with the membership of the NPA about important policies, articles and initiatives? The Resource Development Committee interfaces with many of the NPA’s committees, goals, and projects as it provides relevant information and resources to the postdoc population. This committee can provide you with many chances to be effective in postdoc affairs while adding to your own skill set.


  • Develop, maintain, and update all website content and resources, in collaboration with all committees and staff as appropriate.
  • Develop resource materials for the postdoctoral community, in collaboration with all committees.
  • Serve as a resource for postdoc offices and associations, including coordination of the team visit program with NPA staff and Outreach Committee.
  • Create and implement NPA-sponsored surveys, in consultation with staff.
  • Consult with all committees to facilitate resource development.
  • Consult with other committees and Officers to avoid project duplication and promote coordination.

Meet Our Resource Development Committee Leaders

Erin Heckler, Ph.D.

Resource Development Co-Chair

Erin Heckler, Ph.D., has worked in the Officer of Graduate and Postdoctoral Affairs at the University of Chicago since 2015 as an administrator. In this role, she supports the PDA, manages postdoctoral affairs, and in 2015 implemented an "Entering Mentoring" certificate program for postdocs.


Heckler received her bachelor's degree from Rutgers University - New Brunswick, and her doctorate degree in biochemistry from the University of Delaware. She returned to Rutgers University - New Jersey Medical School for her postdoctoral work to continue her scientific interests in redox enzymology. During this time, she served as executive officer of that campus’ PDA and as a founding member of a postdoc and graduate student group, the Alliance for Career Advancement as the vice president for postdoctoral affairs. This service led her to a career in postdoctoral affairs advocating for postdocs and working to improve the postdoctoral experience. Since joining the University of Chicago, she has helped organize the Future of Research Chicago 2015 and to disseminate and analyze data from the 2016 National Postdoctoral Survey, working closely with the PDA.


Sarah Hokanson, Ph.D.
Resource Development Co-Chair

Sarah Hokanson, Ph.D., was appointed as director of Professional Development & Postdoctoral Affairs at Boston University in February 2015. She is responsible for providing services and programming for all postdoctoral scholars at Boston University, capturing and reporting postdoctoral data, as well as supporting the development of university policies related to postdoctoral scholarship. 

Prior to joining Boston University, Hokanson was U.S. Deputy Director of Science and Innovation at the British Consulate-General, Boston. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in chemistry from Boston University, and a doctorate in biochemistry and molecular biophysics from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. Her graduate research was supported by the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program, and she completed a National Institutes of Health Ruth L. Kirschstein Postdoctoral Fellowship at Cornell University in the department of chemistry and chemical biology. She received an Executive Education Certificate from Massachusetts Institute of Technology Sloan School of Management’s Entrepreneurship Development Program in 2014.


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