Postdoctoral Faculty Fellowship Program

PFF Christina Crecca

This innovative program provides a two-year, full time appointment in the Department of Chemistry for recent Ph.D. graduates who plan to pursue academic careers at 4-year liberal arts colleges.

The program provides Postdoctoral Associate Lecturer (PALs) first-hand experience in teaching chemistry, while enabling them to conduct research.

  • Teaching: PALs teach undergraduate classes (general, organic, inorganic, or physical chemistry); lead discussion sections; direct laboratory sessions; advise students; and present lectures in our core courses in collaboration with faculty mentors. PALs develop course and laboratory content and materials and mentor undergraduate research students.
  • Research: PALs conduct research in affiliation with faculty research groups (theoretical/computational, organic, physical, inorganic, biochemistry). They have wide flexibility in selecting a laboratory and research project. Each fellow conducts her or his own research approximately half time during the academic year and full time in the summer months.

PALs obtain exceptional experience in teaching chemistry at the university level and a clear advantage in the academic job market. PAL alumni have received assistant professorships at such four-year institutions as Siena College, Hope College, Roger Williams University, Bard College, Georgetown Southern University, Fairfield University, Massachusetts Liberal Arts College, Hamilton College, Wilkes University, Belmont College, and Union College.