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Academic Career Profiles

The life of a professor (or instructor) can vary greatly, because of the great variety of academic institutions. One way to assess whether a particular career track might be right for you is to read about the lives of people who have chosen that track – what they do day to day, what the challenges and rewards of their jobs are, and so on. While none of the profiles below is meant to be "representative" of a particular academic setting, collectively they help to illustrate this variety. You can search the collection by highest degree granted (by their department), by typing text into the search box, or just by browsing.

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Career Profile: Jake Sewall part of Career Profiles
I have a B.S. in Geology from Washington and Lee University and received a Ph.D. in Earth Sciences from the University of California at Santa Cruz. The combined experience of private and public higher education ...

Resource Type: Academic: Career Profile, :Academic
Highest Degree Granted by Dept: Bachelor's degree

Career Profile: Kathleen Surpless part of Career Profiles
I went to a small liberal arts college (Amherst College), majored in Geology, and went directly into a PhD program (Stanford University). I was always planning on a career in academia, and did my best to get ...

Resource Type: Academic: Career Profile, :Academic
Highest Degree Granted by Dept: Bachelor's degree

Career Profile: Ben Surpless part of Career Profiles
I received my degree in Geology from Carleton College. My professors at Carleton inspired me to teach - my interaction with them in the classroom and their inspired push for greater depth and breadth of knowledge ...

Resource Type: Academic: Career Profile, :Academic
Highest Degree Granted by Dept: Bachelor's degree

Career Profile: Kirsten Menking part of Career Profiles
I received my bachelor's degree in Geology from Occidental College in Los Angeles in 1990 and then went straight to graduate school at the University of California, Santa Cruz, from which I earned a Ph.D. in ...

Resource Type: Academic: Career Profile, :Academic
Highest Degree Granted by Dept: Bachelor's degree

Career Profile: Kurt Friehauf part of Career Profiles
I earned my B.S. degree at Colorado State University (5+ years) because I grew up in Fort Collins, didn't have a car with which to leave town, and I could just afford tuition by cooking in a nice restaurant ...

Resource Type: Academic: Career Profile, :Academic
Highest Degree Granted by Dept: Bachelor's degree

Career Profile: Jennifer Anderson part of Career Profiles
I grew up in eastern Wisconsin and went to the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, for my undergraduate degrees. I wanted to be an astronomer, so I started as an Astrophysics and Physics major. In my third year, ...

Resource Type: Academic: Career Profile, :Academic
Highest Degree Granted by Dept: Bachelor's degree

Career Profile: Jennifer Wenner part of Career Profiles
My educational path was somewhat winding and twisted. I attended Carleton College and started out as a French major. In my sophomore year, I spent 6 months in France and while there, decided that I really loved ...

Resource Type: Academic: Career Profile, :Academic
Highest Degree Granted by Dept: Bachelor's degree

Career Profile: Jeff Marshall part of Career Profiles
My fascination with geology and landscapes took root as a child exploring the coastlines, mountains, and deserts of southern California. Growing up in San Diego, I spent a lot of time outdoors, in an era when ...

Resource Type: Academic: Career Profile, :Academic
Highest Degree Granted by Dept: Bachelor's degree

Career Profile: Devin Castendyk part of Career Profiles
In 1996, I received a BA in Geology from Hartwick College, a small, private, liberal arts college in Oneonta, New York. My experiences instilled in me a desire to teach geology at a small liberal arts institution. ...

Resource Type: Academic: Career Profile, :Academic
Highest Degree Granted by Dept: Bachelor's degree

Career Profile: Barbara Tewksbury part of Career Profiles
I received a BS in geology from St. Lawrence University in 1973 and went to graduate school at University of Colorado on an NSF graduate fellowship. I knew that I wanted to teach at an undergraduate institution ...

Resource Type: Academic: Career Profile, :Academic
Highest Degree Granted by Dept: Bachelor's degree

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