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About PTOP


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.


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


Elpiniki Apostolaki-Iosifidou, PostDoc - Transportation Sustainability Research CenterCo-Chair - Communications and Media: Elpiniki Apostolaki-Iosifidou

Department: Transportation Sustainability Research Center

Research: Sustainable Transportation, Renewable Energy, and Electricity Grid

Personal website


Athina Tzovara, Visiting ScholarCo-chair: Athina Tzovara

Department: Helen Wills Neuroscience Institute

Research: Human electrophysiology, computational techniques

Personal website, Publications, Twitter


Azizul MoqsudCo-chair: Azizul Moqsud 

Department: Civil and Environmental Engineering

Research: Geosystems Engineering

Lab website, Personal website, Research Gate


Profile photo of Quiye ZhengCo-Chair: Quiye Zheng

Department: Mechanical Engineering & LBNL

Research: Thermal transport in materials and metrology development



Picture of Dr. Miriam AllenaCo-chair: Miriam Allena 

Department: UC Berkeley Law School

Research: Environmental Law and Administrative Law

Lab website, Publications, Academia profile



Past PTOP Board Members

Nury Olaya; Currently at Biomedical and Biological Sciences, Rosario University, Colombia
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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