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About the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs


The Office of Postdoctoral Affairs (OPA) is responsible for planning and managing programs and services for Vanderbilt’s postdoctoral community. The OPA supports Vanderbilt-affiliated postdocs as well as faculty and staff administrators who work with the postdoctoral population. The OPA is the central resource for postdoctoral services and serves as a liaison among postdocs and central University administrative offices. The OPA also works closely with the Vanderbilt Postdoctoral Association (VPA), formally known as the Postdoctoral Association (PDA), to address the interests and concerns of postdocs.

Staff administrators can now schedule an appointment for training and technical assistance on the postdoc appointment/reappointment process, postdoc policies and other related topics. 


Office of Postdoctoral Affairs Faculty and Staff


Clare McCabe



Clare McCabe

Associate Dean, Office of Postdoctoral Affairs

(615) 322-6853

Email Dean McCabe


Irene McKirgan



Irene McKirgan

Assistant Director

(615) 875-9123

Email Irene


Chad Smith



Chad Smith

Program Coordinator

(615) 875-1853

Email Chad

katie clements   

Katie Clements

Project Coordinator, Academic Pathways

(615) 343-5834

Email Katie


Contact information and address:

Vanderbilt University Graduate School Office of Postdoctoral Affairs
117 Alumni Hall
2205 West End Avenue
Nashville, TN 37240
Telephone: 615-875-9123
Fax: 615-343- 9936
Campus Mailing Address: 117 Alumni Hall, 37240


Map to Alumni Hall

If coming from the Medical Center, start at the Round Wing/MCN and use the blue line on the map below to get to Alumni Hall.  If coming from MRB III, use the green path that cuts across the Library Lawn to join up with the main path. Save the Medical Center route on Google Maps to your phone.