Friday, August 31, 2012

Administrative side trip

  Last week I talked about being an adjunct teacher. But I’m not just exploring that as an alternative to a tenure position. I also tried out the administrative route in an abbreviated form.

Saturday, August 25, 2012

Adjunct-track professor

  I’m joining the army of adjuncts.
  But I’m doing it in a partial way. Instead of designing my own courses, I’m teaching labs for an established course with established lab modules. So in effect, I’m an adjunct TA, as I’ll be doing something very similar to my graduate school TA experience. I’m not complaining, because this is going to involve significantly less stress, but I do wonder how much it will help the ol’ C.V. In any case, it will definitely help the ol’ pocketbook.

Friday, August 10, 2012

Words from an Ecologist - Exploring Career Paths II

The next entry in my series on career options is from one of the most influential women in my life – no hyperbole. She is an ecology and environmental science professor at a mid-sized liberal arts college, and I wanted to be a scientist because of her. I found her answer to the first question to be interesting in light of this: she helped fill the void of women scientist role models, and is one of the eponymous ‘giantesses’ of this blog. Thanks for sharing your experiences, and for being a great role model!

When you were a little girl, what did you want to be when you grew up?
Although I was always very good at math and science, I never even considered a science career until after college. This makes no sense in retrospect, especially since I was radically on board with the feminist movement way back in the 1970’s.  But it was a time of separate male and female job ads, a time without role models or mentors, a time of deeply sexist advertising, television, humor, and culture.   I had no dream job as a child that I recall, perhaps because the options seemed so very few.

Friday, August 3, 2012

Scientess Varve

  Last week I detailed my interactions with a cross-section of women in science, from high school on up. This past weekend I interacted with women that represented one layer of women in science – a varve, if you will.