The Postdoc Landscape - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780128131695

The Postdoc Landscape

1st Edition

The Invisible Scholars

Editors: Audrey Jaeger Alessandra Dinin
Paperback ISBN: 9780128131695
Imprint: Academic Press
Published Date: 10th October 2017
Page Count: 260
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The Postdoc Landscape offers practical solutions and strategies for addressing the needs of postdoctoral fellows in terms of their presence in government, industry and the academy, along with growing issues and concerns and a clear direction in terms of what practitioners, policymakers and educators can do to improve the working conditions of postdoctoral fellows.

The book includes chapters centered on three themes: the Postdoc Landscape, Postdoc Support and Postdoc Career Literacy, Agency and Choice.

This comprehensive reference serves as a guide for fellows, individuals who supervise and mentor postdoctoral fellows and policymakers.

Key Features

  • Outlines practical tools to help universities and organizations develop an infrastructure for supporting postdocs
  • Identifies the challenges that postdocs face and offers strategies on how to address the challenges
  • Includes a diverse range of voices and experiences from leading experts in the field


Graduate, medical, and postdoctoral students across the Sciences as well as faculty, advisors, industry professionals, societies, and other organizations who are involved in career counselling, science education programs, and/or mentorship programs

Table of Contents

1. Converging History, Policies and Services: Postdoctoral Scholars as Employees or Trainees?
2. Institutional Support, Programs, and Policies for Postdocs
3. Becoming a Legitimate Scientist: Identity and Experiences of Postdocs in Science
4. Postdoc Appointments and Disappointments: Examining Departmental Dynamics in STEM Fields
5. The Stress Runs Downhill: The Impact of Mentor Morale on Postdocs
6. Postdoc Trajectories: Luck, Agency and Persistence!
7. Postdoctoral Career Development: How Did I Get Here, Where Am I Going?
8. Ensuring Fair Pay and Benefits Through Postdoc Unionization


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About the Editor

Audrey Jaeger

Dr. Audrey J. Jaeger, is a Professor of Educational Research and Policy Analysis: Higher Education and Alumni Distinguished Graduate Professor at NC State University. Dr. Jaeger has spent the last decade researching, writing, and presenting on the experiences of graduate students. For the past several years, she has expanded her work to include postdoctoral fellows. This work has been supported by the National Science Foundation and W. K. Kellogg Foundation (through the University of Georgia).

She also directs the National Initiative for Leadership and Institutional Effectiveness (NILIE), an organization focusing on campus climate survey administration. Dr. Jaeger's research examines relationships and experiences among faculty, students, and scholars that illuminate issues of transition, access, climate, agency, and civic and community engagement. Additionally, her research explores how various aspects of the environment, from labor market conditions to institutional policies, affect various constituencies. Dr. Jaeger is an associate editor for Research in Higher Education and on the editorial boards of the Journal of Higher Education and Journal of Higher Education Outreach and Engagement. Her work has been published in journals such as the Journal of Higher Education, Research in Higher Education, Educational Policy, Community College Review, Journal of College Student Development, and others. Dr. Jaeger also co-edited a volume with Drs. Lorilee Sandmann and Courtney Thornton that addressed the status of community engagement entitled “Institutionalizing Community Engagement in Higher Education: The First Wave of Carnegie Classified Institutions.”

Affiliations and Expertise

Professor of Higher Education, Alumni Distinguished Graduate Professor, Executive Director, National Initiative for Leadership and Institutional Effectiveness (NILIE), Associate Editor, Research in Higher Education Coordinator, Higher Education Program, NC State University, NC, USA

Alessandra Dinin

Alessandra J. Dinin, is a Ph.D student in Educational Research and Policy Analysis: Higher Education. Ms. Dinin serves as Director of Research for the National Initiative for Leadership and Institutional Effectiveness. She has presented about postdoctoral fellows, their agentic actions, and their sense of community at the Association for the Study of Higher Education, the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology (SIOP), and university-wide symposia. Prior to pursuing her Ph.D, Ms. Dinin was a fellowship director at the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) in Washington, DC. In her roles at ASEE and NILIE, Ms. Dinin has coordinated and led multi-team member research projects and report writing efforts. She has developed her scholarly editing competencies through assisting her higher education faculty in their peer review of paper proposals for Research in Higher Education and the Journal of College Student Development.

Affiliations and Expertise

Director of Research, NILIE, NC State University, NC, USA