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Administrative Updates:

As of February 24, 2020, Sibby Anderson-Thompkins, began a new interim role as the special advisor to the chancellor and provost for equity and inclusion and interim chief diversity officer. Associate vice chancellor Joyce Tan will oversee OPA in the interim.

Portrait of Joyce Tan

Associate vice chancellor Joyce Tan can be reached at joyce_tan@med.unc.edu or by phone at 919-962-0394.  Britt Johnson-Broache serves as Executive Assistant to Associate Vice Chancellor for Research Joyce Tan. (email: britt.johnson@unc.edu / Ph: 919-962-1319)

Human Resources for Postdoctoral Scholars: 

Postdocs who need HR assistance should start by contacting their school or division’s HR office. For School/Division HR Representatives Contact: Jordan Todd, HR Consultant


Dara Wilson-Grant, Associate Director

Portrait of Dara Wilson-GrantWith over ten years experience providing career management education and training, Dara’s mission is to help individuals develop a framework for sound decision-making and career planning while also helping them to develop the skills required for a lifetime of professional success. In her role at OPA, Dara provides individual career counseling and coaching to postdoctoral scholars. She also designs, presents, and coordinates an array of career and professional development programs.

Dara holds a Master’s degree in Counseling from Fordham University and a BA in Business Administration from Goucher College. She is also a National Certified Counselor and a Certified Human Resource Recruitment Specialist. Prior to joining OPA in July of 2006, Dara was the Assistant Director at UNC’s career center and an instructor at UNC’s School of Education.  Throughout her career, Dara has worked with students and professionals in a wide range of disciplines and career fields.  However, her specialty is working with postdoctoral scholars and mid-career professionals in transition.

P: 919-843-2340
E: dwgrant@email.unc.edu


Jennifer Pruitt, Program Coordinator

Portrait of Jennifer PruittJennifer is the rejoining the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs as the new Program Coordinator. Jennifer is the contact for the Carolina Postdoctoral Program for Faculty Diversity, managing the recruitment, selecting, and onboarding for underrepresented postdoctoral scholars coming to Carolina to prepare for tenure-track faculty positions. In addition, she oversees the logistics for the career and professional development programs, workshops, and specials events for the office. She has more than six years of experience working at the university under the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research as the assistant to the Associate Vice Chancellor for Research.

Jennifer is an alumna of Meredith College in Raleigh, NC.

P: 919-962-7757
E: jennifer_pruitt@unc.edu


Alan Farber, Career Counselor

Portrait of Alan FarberAlan joins Postdoctoral Affairs following 27 years as a university career development specialist.  Prior to arriving at UNC, he was the Associate Director of Career Services at the University of San Diego, and the Assistant Director of Career Services at Northern Illinois University (NIU). He has taught graduate career development courses at NIU and the Illinois School of Professional Psychology.

Alan is a freelance career coach and contributing writer and editor for educational publisher Woodburn Press.  Alan has helped thousands of students and seasoned professionals to explore their options and realize their professional dreams.  He has conducted many professional presentations, and written numerous articles, guides, and book chapters on career-related topics.

Alan completed his Ph.D. in Counseling at Michigan State University.  He has a Master’s degree in Counseling from Ball State University in Indiana, and a B.A. in Psychology from Marietta College in Ohio.

P: 919-843-4793
E: afarber@email.unc.edu


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