Analysis of postdoctoral training outcomes that broaden participation in science careers

Brian J. Rybarczyk, Leslie Lerea, Dawayne Whittington, Linda Dykstra

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Abstract

Postdoctoral training is an optimal time to expand research skills, develop independence, and shape career trajectories, making this training period important to study in the context of career development. Seeding Postdoctoral Innovators in Research and Education (SPIRE) is a training program that balances research, teaching, and professional development. This study examines the factors that promote the transition of postdocs into academic careers and increase diversity in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. Data indicate that SPIRE scholars (n = 77) transition into faculty positions at three times the national average with a greater proportion of underrepresented racial minorities (URMs) and females represented among SPIRE scholars. Logistic regression models indicate that significant predictors are the intended career track at the start of the postdoctoral training and the number of publications. Factors necessary for successful transition are teaching experience as independent instructors, professional development opportunities, and the experience of balancing teaching with research. Scholars’ continued commitment to increasing diversity in their faculty roles was demonstrated by their attainment of tenure-track positions at minority-serving institutions, continued mentorship of URMs, and engagement with diversity initiatives. These results suggest that a postdoctoral program structured to include research, teaching, and diversity inclusion facilitates attainment of desired academic positions with sustained impacts on broadening participation.

LanguageEnglish (US)
Article numberar33
JournalCBE Life Sciences Education
Volume15
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 1 2016

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Analysis of postdoctoral training outcomes that broaden participation in science careers. / Rybarczyk, Brian J.; Lerea, Leslie; Whittington, Dawayne; Dykstra, Linda.

In: CBE Life Sciences Education, Vol. 15, No. 3, ar33, 01.09.2016.

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Rybarczyk, Brian J. ; Lerea, Leslie ; Whittington, Dawayne ; Dykstra, Linda. / Analysis of postdoctoral training outcomes that broaden participation in science careers. In: CBE Life Sciences Education. 2016 ; Vol. 15, No. 3.
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