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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: Oswaldo Garcia part of Career Profiles
I received my BS in Applied Geophysics at Columbia University in New York and my MS and PhD in Atmospheric Sciences at the State University of New York at Albany. After a brief hiatus writing Environmental Impact ...

Highest Degree Granted by Dept: Master's degree

Career Profile: Dana Royer part of Career Profiles
I have a BA from University of Pennsylvania and a PhD from Yale University. After Yale, I spent one year at the University of Sheffield (UK) and three years at Penn State before landing my current position at ...

Highest Degree Granted by Dept: Master's degree

Career Profile: Eugene Cordero part of Career Profiles
I have a BS and MS in physics from California State University, Northridge (in the Los Angeles area) and a Ph.D. in Atmospheric science from U.C. Davis.

Highest Degree Granted by Dept: Master's degree

Career Profile: Wayne Powell part of Career Profiles
I earned my BS at the University of Toronto and my MS and PhD at Queen's University at Kingston. I was initially focused on mineral exploration, and worked summers for government surveys and mineral ...

Highest Degree Granted by Dept: Master's degree

Career Profile: Matthew Kirby part of Career Profiles
Ever since high school, I knew I wanted to teach. But, it was not until my junior year at Hamilton College that I knew I wanted to teach at the college level. As a junior (1992), Dr. Eugene Domack offered me the ...

Highest Degree Granted by Dept: Master's degree

Career Profile: Ann Bykerk-Kauffman part of Career Profiles
BS: Grand Valley State University (a small 6000-student public 4-year college when I was there; it is now a much larger comprehensive university). MS and PhD: University of Arizona. I began teaching at CSU Chico ...

Highest Degree Granted by Dept: Master's degree


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