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PDA Toolkit Table of Contents
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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.

Identifying Postdocs

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

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