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About PTOP

Mission

The Postdoc Teaching Opportunities Program (PTOP) will allow UC Berkeley postdocs across all disciplines to acquire experience and expertise in teaching college level courses at community colleges, liberal arts colleges, and universities in the Bay Area.

Background

Teaching experience is an increasingly important aspect of obtaining tenure-track and faculty positions in higher education. However, it is difficult for postdoctoral fellows to obtain this experience, especially compared to graduate student instructors (GSIs). At UC Berkeley, there is currently no program that specifically assists postdocs that wish to gain experience in teaching college level courses. In addition, there is a lack of transparency regarding the rules and regulations of postdoc teaching positions. The PTOP program aims to address these issues and improve teaching opportunities for postdocs at UC Berkeley.

 

Current PTOP Board Members

Profile photo of Quiye Zheng

Co-Chair: Qiye Zheng

Department: Mechanical Engineering & LBNL

Research: Thermal transport in materials and metrology development

Website: Research publications; Group

 

 
Co-chair: Zaw Htet

Department: UC Berkeley Molecular and Cell Biology, qB3 Berkeley 

Research: Protein degradation machineries

 

Co-chair: James Utterback

Department: Chemistry

Research: Ultrafast energy flow at the nanoscale

Website: Ginsberg Group

 

Co-chair: Molly Kozminsky

Department: QB3
Research: DNA-directed patterning and microenvironments of metastasis
Website: Publications
 
Co-chair: Aray Saniyazova
Department: Center for Studies in Higher Education, Goldman School of Public Policy
Research: Student experience in research universities

 

 

 

Past PTOP Board Members

Nury Olaya; Currently at Biomedical and Biological Sciences, Rosario University, Colombia 
Miriam Allena (Environmental Law and Administrative Law)
Andrew Green; Currently at UC Berkeley Career Center
Marta Vuckovic; (NST)
Alexandru Groza (History)
Anna Hennessey (Philosophy)
Ryo Higuchi-Sanabria (MCB)
Mohammad Azin (Bioenginerring)
Liang Mei (Business)
Cheng Su (Law)
Ying Qin (Civil and Environmental Engineering)
Yu Luo (Center for Chinese Studies)
Lorena de Onate (QB3)
Annis Richardson (PMB)
Rebecca Clark (IB)
Megan Brophy (Chemistry/QB3)
Michael Herman (Geography)
Anthony Odero (ESPM)
Linda Rubinstein (MCB)
Stephanie Child (Sociology)
Patty Siri-Tarino (CHORI)

 

PTOP  Founders

Anne Bakker, Ph.D - Visiting Scholars and Standford PostDocs 
Dermot Donneley, Ph.D - Assistant professor at Cal State Fresno
Natalia Caporale, Ph.D - Lecturer at UC Davis
Sam Castañeda, M.A. - Former VSPA Director

 

 

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