NPA Board Appoints Resource Development Committee Co-Chair
Monday, July 15, 2019
July 15, 2019
The National Postdoctoral Association (NPA) Board of Directors has appointed John Vasquez, as co-chair of the Outreach Committee. Vasquez will join Erin Heckler, Ph.D., in leading the committee.
Vasquez is a doctoral candidate of higher, adult, & lifelong education (HALE) at Michigan State University (MSU). Vasquez’s research focuses on career and professional development in graduate education; specifically, the effect of advising and mentoring relationships on self-esteem and self-efficacy of postdoctoral women’s career orientation and the psychosocial and environmental factors affecting their decision to stay in academia. The goal of Vasquez’s research is to help higher education institutions develop student-centered experiences for trainees.
Prior to returning to school to pursue a doctorate degree, Vasquez worked in higher education for over 20 years in both academic and student affairs. Much of his previous work at the University of Michigan involved helping to get more under-represented and minoritized students get into and through doctoral programs and help prepare them for careers in the professoriate. More recently, at MSU, Vasquez has focused on assisting postdocs and other doctorate recipients find passion in work outside the academy, including industry, government and the non-profit sector. Recently, Vasquez was one of only three doctoral candidates selected to hold the prestigious King-Chavez-Parks Future Faculty Fellowship for the 2019-2020 academic year for his dedication to diversifying academia and the scientific workforce.