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Meet the Team

Welcome to the OU Office of Postdoctoral Affairs (OPA). Our mission is to create and support a university-wide community and culture that enriches the postdoc experience at OU. 

Established in Fall 2020 (PDF announcement), the OPA helps to support postdoc onboarding and professional development and provides community and support for postdoctoral researchers and their mentors. The OPA is housed within the Graduate College to take advantage of the synergies possible by leveraging the professional development, community, and support resources provided for graduate students, and it involves close lines of communication with the Provost’s Office and Office of the Vice President for Research and Partnerships.   

We are available to consult with faculty and postdocs on challenging situations and provide support to postdocs who are experiencing obstacles to their success. Please contact us if you need a consultation.

Not receiving emails on OU Norman opportunities for postdocs? Send us an email with your name, department/center affiliation, postdoc mentor name(s), and we will add you to the list.

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Liz Karr, Ph.D.

Associate Dean of the Graduate College



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Jaime Hough, Ph.D.

Director, Graduate Student and Postdoc Retention and Support


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Resources and Events

Guidance for Postdoctoral Mentors and Appointing Units

The OPA guidance for postdoc mentors and appointing units document povides guidance for expectations in mentoring, evaluation of postdoc researchers, use of postdoc researcher titles, and other topics.

More information on OPA guidance document may be found here.

OU Postdoc Association

It is the mission of the OU Postdoc Association (PDA) to address issues of the OU Norman postdoctoral community. By bringing postdocs together and providing useful resources, OU PDA hopes to create a welcoming environment that helps postdocs further their careers.

For more information contact Meghan Kempher. 

National Center for Faculty Development & Diversity (NFCDD)

NCFDD is an independent professional development, training, and mentoring community of faculty, postdocs, & graduate students from over 450 colleges and universities.


Activate Your Membership

  1. Go to the National Center for Faculty Development and Diversity Become a Member page.
  2. Within the list of universities, click on "University of Oklahoma."
  3. Complete the registration form by following all instructions. Be sure to provide your OU email address.
  4. Once you have submitted your registration information and NCFDD has approved your connection to OU, you should receive a welcome email.

National Postdoc Association

OU is a sustaining member of the National Postdoc Association which qualifies graduate students and postdocs for free affiliate memberships.  More info link

To sign up for your free affiliate membership, please visit their registration site and select one of these options

  • Affiliate Individual Member, Graduate Student
  • Affiliate Individual Member, Non-Postdoc/Other
  • Affiliate Individual Member, Postdoc

Continue registration using your OU email address