About Us

The Office of Graduate Studies and Postdoctoral Affairs assists postdocs with preparation for professional pursuits within and beyond academe by offering seminars and workshops, advising services, and web resources that advance professional development.  The office also reviews policies concerning Postdoctoral trainees at UVA and recommends changes for improvement.

Highlights of the support offered for postdocs, faculty and administrators include:

  • Professional and career development programming and resources for postdocs
  • Initiatives to increase the visibility of postdocs across the University
  • Support for the recruitment and retention of postdocs from socioeconomically diverse backgrounds
  • Social events to facilitate networking and community building among postdocs
  • Support for departments and schools in recruitment efforts and HR/benefits issues
  • Individual and group career counseling for postdocs in all fields
  • Funding opportunities for travel, career development, and networking
  • Assistance with onboarding and getting settled in the Charlottesville area
Please feel free to contact any of the staff listed below with any questions or suggestions for postdoctoral affairs at the University of Virginia

 

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Postdoctoral Affairs Staff

Phillip Trella, Ph.D.
Assistant Vice President
Office of Graduate Studies and Postdoctoral Affairs
2023 Ivy Rd
434-243-2018
trella@virginia.edu

Melissa D. Hurst, Ph.D.
Director of Professional Development
Office of Graduate Studies and Postdoctoral Affairs
Located in Randall Hall Room 118 (#33 on Map)
434-982-2917
mhurst@virginia.edu
Beth J. Beal
Programs Administrator
Office of Graduate Studies and Postdoctoral Affairs
2023 Ivy Rd
434-243-4014
bethbeal@virginia.edu
Tamela Munzner
Program Support Staff
Office of Graduate Studies and Postdoctoral Affairs
2023 Ivy Rd
434-243-0807 
tjd6w@virginia.edu
Pamela Sprouse
Professional Research Staff Manager
School of Medicine Human Resources
McKim Hall, Room 1161
434-924-5832