Professorial Advancement Initiative (PAI) - Postdocs

PAI Participant Overview

The postdoc experience is recognized as an important and critical maturation period to foster success for a new assistant professor entering the academy. Big Ten Academic Alliance universities are committed to increasing their efforts to provide more comprehensive professional training for postdocs.

Big Ten Academic Alliance participants actively engage with discipline-specific mentors from your home campus and other Big Ten Academic Alliance campuses. Through a series of webinars, PAI protégés and mentors cover topics such as:

  • preparation for a faculty roleĀ­—grant writing, starting a research program or lab, promotion and tenure process, etc.
  • interview preparationĀ­—preparing for each aspect of the interview process—communication, department interviews, job talks, and the like.


Postdoctoral scholars wishing to participate in PAI must meet the following criteria established by the National Science Foundation:

University of Illinois  •  Indiana University • University of Iowa  •  University of Michigan  •  Michigan State University  •  University of Minnesota  •  University of Nebraska-Lincoln  •  Northwestern University  •  Ohio State University  •  Pennsylvania State University  •  Purdue University  •  University of Wisconsin-Madison

This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under AGEP-Transformation #1309028 and #1309173. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.

NSF-PAI-LOGO 1309028, 1309173


AGEP Transformation Alliance projects are collaborative research projects representing new strategic alliances of institutions and organizations to develop, implement, and study evidence-based models to transform doctoral education, postdoctoral training, and faculty advancement for historically underrepresented minorities in specific STEM disciplines and/or STEM education research fields. Embedded social science and education research contributes to the knowledge base about how transformational models eliminate or mitigate negative factors and promote positive policies and practices for historically underrepresented minorities.

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