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The Graduate School is responsible for campus administration of the Office of Postdoctoral Education at the University of Missouri.

What is a Postdoctoral Fellow?

The purpose of a postdoctoral appointment is to provide recent recipients (normally within the past eight years) of PhDs or equivalent doctorates with additional research and scholarly training for careers in research or higher education.

The role and status of a postdoctoral fellow should be clearly differentiated from those of a graduate student, full-time technical staff member or faculty employee. The title “postdoctoral fellow” generically refers to all doctoral-level scholars engaged in advanced education and training that is of limited duration (typically five years or fewer) and designed to prepare them for academic and/or research careers. For postdoctoral fellows whose responsibilities are primarily teaching (i.e., teaching 2 3-credit classes each semester), they will hold the title of “postdoctoral fellow – teaching.” These titles apply regardless of whether the postdoctoral trainee is a salaried employee of the university or a stipend-supported fellow receiving funding directly from a granting agency or through a Mizzou account.

Administrative Support

Administrative responsibilities of the Office of Postdoctoral Education include the establishment of policies, benefits and services available to postdoctoral scholars.

Office of Postdoctoral Education

Graduate School (housed in)
University of Missouri
210 Jesse Hall, Columbia, MO 65211

Local Calls: 573-882-6311
Toll-Free, Long-Distance: 800-877-6312
Fax number: 1-877-632-6316

Administrative Contact

Lissa Behm-Morawitz, Ph.D.
Associate Dean of the Graduate School

Postdoctoral Handbook

The University of Missouri Postdoctoral Handbook provides an overview of life as a postdoc on our campus. Information on where to find policies, procedures, and resources related to postdoctoral life is included.

MU Postdoc Handbook

Postdoctoral Education Advisory Committee (PEAC)

The Postdoctoral Education Advisory Committee is comprised of MU faculty and leadership who work with postdoctoral fellows, as well as the current Chair of the MU Postdoctoral Association. The committee convenes at least annually to discuss and make recommendations regarding postdoctoral issues and opportunities, and to review applications for the MU Postdoctoral Research and Teaching Awards and the Preparing Future Faculty Postdoctoral Program for Faculty Diversity (PFFFD).

  • Lissa Behm-Morawitz (Associate Dean of the Graduate School)
  • Lisa Dorner (Associate Professor, Educational Leadership & Policy Analysis)
  • Michael Garcia (Associate Professor, Division of Biological Sciences)
  • Kimberly Jasmer-McDonald (Postdoctoral Fellow, Chair of MU Postdoctoral Association)
  • David D. Kline (Professor, Biomedical Sciences)
  • Mannie Liscum (Professor, Division of Biological Sciences)
  • David Mendoza (Associate Professor, Division of Plant Sciences)
  • Tommy Sewell (Professor, Chemistry)
  • Michelle Teti (Associate Professor, Department of Health Sciences)


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