University of South Alabama, Office of Public Relations
March 17, 2014
Contact: Alice Jackson, USA Public Relations, (251) 460-6639

USA Establishes Office of Post-Doctoral Education

Research at the University of South Alabama is increasingly having national and international impact on development of new technology and improvement in quality of life. One outcome is the increase in the number of post-doctoral researchers who are attracted to the University. In response to this growing number, USA’s first Office of Post-Doctoral Education is being established to further develop critical research programs and to provide consistent support for these post-doctoral fellows. Post-doctoral research is considered essential to advancing the scholarly mission of a research institution.

Dr. David Johnson, senior vice president for academic affairs, announced establishment of the new office during the March 7 meeting of the University’s Board of Trustees.
The office will be under the direction of Dr. B. Keith Harrison, associate vice president for academic affairs and dean of the Graduate School.

The University presently has close to 50 post-doctoral researchers. All hold a doctoral degree and are increasing their expertise in a specialist subject, usually in mentored research and/or scholarly training for the purpose of acquiring professional skills needed to pursue a research and scholarly career path.

“Post-doctoral students will broaden and enhance the University’s research capacity by bringing more talent to the campus,” said Johnson. “They are extremely important to the success of USA and to build the nation’s research capacity.” Post-doctoral fellows are employees of the University with defined benefits and will be overseen by the new Office of Post-Doctoral Education. The majority of the post- doctoral fellows are supported by federal, non-profit or industry grants and contracts.


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