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Academic Career Profiles

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. The profiles below offer a window into many different possible career tracks in the geosciences.


Profiles of "Preparing for an Academic Career" Workshop Leaders

The life of a professor (or instructor) can vary greatly, because of the great variety of academic institutions. While none of the profiles below is meant to be "representative" of a particular academic setting, collectively they help to illustrate this variety. The geoscientists shown below have been leaders of the Preparing for an Academic Career in the Geosciences Workshops. 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: 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 ...

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. ...

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 ...

Highest Degree Granted by Dept: Bachelor's degree

Career Profile: Erin Kraal part of Career Profiles
I have a bachelors of science in geology from Washington and Lee University. Then I traveled to University of California Santa Cruz. First I earned my masters degree in surface processes. Then I changed advisors ...

Highest Degree Granted by Dept: Bachelor's degree

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 ...

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 ...

Highest Degree Granted by Dept: Bachelor's degree

Career Profile: Jon Lewis part of Career Profiles
B.S. Vermont ('83); M.S. Tennessee ('88); 6 years as environmental professional; Ph.D. Connecticut ('98) with Tim Byrne; NSF Earth Science Postdoctoral Fellowship UC Davis ('98 - '01, ...

Highest Degree Granted by Dept: Bachelor's degree

Career Profile: Rachel O'Brien part of Career Profiles
I attended Colgate University for my Bachelors degree. Both my M.S. and Ph.D. are from Washington State University under the same advisor. My educational path was definitely not a linear one: between each of my ...

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, ...

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 ...

Highest Degree Granted by Dept: Bachelor's degree

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