COPE Charter

Mission

The UAB Council on Postdoctoral Education (COPE) is committed to thoroughly examining all issues related to Postdoctoral Education. As such, the central goal of COPE is two-fold: 1) to improve the environment for postdoctoral training; and 2) to facilitate the retention and recruitment of high quality postdoctoral scholars at UAB.

Primary Function

The primary function of COPE is to provide guidance to the Office of Postdoctoral Education on all matters related to postdoctoral training and recruitment.

Approval Responsibilities

COPE is responsible for approving postdoc-related elements, including but not limited to:

*  Training requirements (term length, leave)

*  Minimum stipend level

*  Career-development funding mechanisms

COPE Members

COPE Membership

In addition to the Associate Dean for Postdoctoral Education, the Senior Associate Dean of the Graduate School, and the Dean of the Graduate School, COPE will include representatives from UAB Schools that train postdoctoral scholars; these representatives are to be appointed by the respective dean on the basis of prior, successful training of postdoctoral scholars. In addition, representatives from administrative offices that facilitate postdoctoral training as well as the Executive Board of the UAB Postdoctoral Association will serve as COPE members.

Name of School

Name of Admin. Office

PDA Executive Board

College of Arts & Sciences

Career and Professional Development Services

Chair

School of Dentistry

Center for Clinical and Translational Science

Vice-Chair

School of Engineering

International Scholar and Student Services

Electoral Officer

School of Health Related Professions

Office of Equity and Diversity

Secretary

School of Medicine

Professional Development Program

Elected Members

School of Nursing

Southern Research Institute

School of Optometry

School of Public Health

Role of a COPE member

It is intended that all COPE members:

*  Serve a renewable 3-yr term

*  Attend and participate in biannual COPE meetings

*  Serve on COPE sub-committees as needed

If a COPE member is not able to fulfill this role, a replacement will be appointed by the appropriate supervisor

COPE Meetings

Meeting Schedule and Agenda

Meeting will be held bi-annually in the Spring and Fall. Emails will be sent to each COPE member at a time 1 month before the scheduled meeting; a reminder will be sent 1 week prior to the meeting. An agenda will be drafted by the Associate Dean for Postdoctoral Education and distributed in the reminder email. Any COPE member may make additions to the agenda prior to the scheduled meeting.

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