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Administrative Updates:

As of February 24, 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. She can be reached at or by phone at 919-962-0394. 

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

Executive Assistant to the Director- Vacant

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

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

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

Heather Ingram, Student Program Assistant

Portrait of Heather IngramHeather is a first year graduate student in the Masters of Clinical Rehabilitation and Mental Health Counseling (CRMH) program at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She received her Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the Kenan Flagler Business School at UNC Chapel Hill. After 20 years working in the telecommunications industry, she chose to pursue a second career in the mental health field. Her professional interests include a holistic approach to mental health with a focus on prevention and nutrition as well as helping individuals with developmental and psychiatric disabilities find meaningful employment. Outside of her professional endeavors, Heather enjoys yoga, running, reading and volunteering with youth at her church.