The President's Task Force on Postdoctoral Appointments
In 2007 President Ray organized a Task Force to examine how to manage postdoctoral appointments at OSU. Specifically, this task force looked at appropriate classification, appointment procedures, compensation and benefits; how the postdoctoral experience at OSU can be enhanced; and appropriate centralized support systems for postdoctoral scholars.
The Task Force recognized that there is a traditional category of postdoctoral employee titled, “Research Associate (Postdoc)” at OSU and proposed adding a postdoctoral trainee category titled “Postdoctoral Scholar”. This position was established in 2008. Although some of the duties of these two postdoctoral positions are similar, there are also crucial distinctions. OSU’s Postdoctoral Scholar position follows recommendations for postdoctoral scholars established by the American Association of Universities, Committee on Postdoctoral Education, Report and Recommendations, March 31, 1998, as well as the National Institutes of Health and the National Science Foundation (see: Reed Letter).