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About PDAC

A newly minted union, run by postdocs for postdocs

What is PDAC?

PDAC’s purpose is to improve of the postdoctoral experience at The University of Calgary by:

  1. Collecting data regarding the experiences and views of our members to ensure appropriate representation

  2. Acting, based on that data, as the collective voice for our members in discussions with the Board of Governors regarding postdoctoral policy, guidelines, and services;

  3. Acting as the exclusive bargaining agent for all postdocs;

  4. Collaborating with the Postdoctoral Office, the Office of the Vice-President (Research), and other groups on campus to promote and develop effective training and career development opportunities for postdocs;

  5. Holding career and professional development events for members;

  6. Creating or identifying and sharing information and resources of relevance or utility to the postdoctoral community;

  7. Recruiting and nominating postdoctoral representatives for academic councils and committees and facilitating communication among postdoctoral representatives across campus;

  8. Promoting postdoctoral engagement in events, forums, committees or initiatives in the wider UCalgary community;

  9. Providing support services for members and facilitating communication and interaction among members;

  10. Supporting advocacy efforts that focus on improving policies pertinent to postdocs

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What is PDAC currently doing?

PDAC Executives are actively working to improve The University of Calgary postdoc experience by:

  • Implementing the Collective Bargaining Agreement with The University of Calgary

  • Updating the PDAC Bylaws

  • Organizing Events for postdocs

  • Recruiting an PDAC Executive Director and Assistant

  • Setting up PDAC banking accounts

  • Preparing PDAC office Space on Main campus

  • Improving PDAC communication towards postdocs

PDAC Executives are active on committees on behalf of postdocs:

PDAC Executives establish and maintain ties to the UofC community:

PDAC Executives are points of contacts for postdocs;

  • Ask-Me-Anything Sessions

  • Townhalls

  • AGM

  • Numerous cases that required assistance from PDAC

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