Office of Postdoctoral Affairs and Professional Programs

Summer 2017 Postdoc Series

Getting Clear About Accountability

5/04/2017 11:30 – 2:00 HR Building*

This workshop will examine mindsets about the concepts of personal responsibility and accountability. We will explore potential obstacles to delivering outcomes and identify strategies for getting clear about accountability at the individual and group levels. Participants will complete an accountability assessment.

Myers Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI)

5/18/2017 11:30- 2:00 HR Building*

MBTI is a leadership development tool which, very simplistically, provides feedback in 4 main areas: where you primarily direct your energy; how you prefer to process information; how you prefer to make decisions; and how you prefer to organize your life.
This workshop will provide insights which influence our interactions and participation in collaborative based environments. Prior to this class participants will complete the MBTI on-line. Participants must attend class to receive MBTI results.

Conflict Styles

6/01/2017 11:30- 2:00 HR Building*

We will explore the nature of conflict, how the need to be right undermines effective performance, identify ways to address conflict and identify skills to help you detach as a listener and manage the conflict. Participants will complete the Thomas-Kilmann Conflict Mode Instrument (TKI) to gain an understanding of their own and other conflict-handling styles. Participants must attend class to receive TKI results.

Negotiating Essentials

6/08/2017 11:30- 2:00 HR Building*

In this workshop we will explore a number of concepts integral to effective negotiation. We will explore what makes some experiences more effective than others and examine the how and when of negotiation preparation. In this session, we will also explore the behavioral aspects of negotiation including dealing with emotion. Whether negotiation is part of your everyday work or something you are preparing for in the future, you will take away insights and strategies to build or enhance your effectiveness.

Mentoring and Professional Development

6/22/2017 11:30- 2:00 HR Building*

We will discuss the nature of mentoring and professional mentoring relationships, the respective mentor and mentee roles and learn how to maximize the mentoring relationship for professional development. This session will also include the mechanics of giving and receiving feedback

The summer program is intended to assist postdocs in fulfilling the professionalism competency component in the professional development plan recommended by The National Postdoctoral Association. Details can be found at and

* All workshops will take place in the Training Room, HR Building, 420 Wakara Way (next to the Marriott Hotel), Research Park. Lunch will be available

If you have any questions please contact Mary Anne Berzins at

Office of Postdoctoral Affairs and Professional Programs

Our Mission

The mission of the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs is to enhance, support, and promote postdoctoral training at the university.

Our Goals

  • To administer, monitor, and support the University of Utah postdoctoral scholars
  • To serve as the central resource office for postdoctoral issues
  • To provide career services, career counseling, and professional development programs for postdocs
  • To develop a sense of community for all University of Utah postdocs into the larger University community
  • To serve as a resource for principle investigators and faculty

Services for Postdocs

* Please note: The Postdoc Travel Assistance Program is currently closed to applications. The Program will resume on July 1, 2017.

  • Confidential advising
  • Career counseling
  • Career and professional development seminars and workshops
  • Postdoc Travel Assistance Program*

Contact Us

Jennifer Mabey, Assistant Dean
Office of Postdoctoral Affairs and Professional Programs

The Graduate School
University of Utah
201 South Presidents Circle, Rm 302
Salt Lake City, UT 84112-9016

Phone: 801-585-7254