Blogging about careers at liberal arts colleges
Submitted by Jared Young on Mon, 2010-09-27 18:57
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Hi, I’m Jared Young, and welcome to my blog at BioCareers. I’ll be writing about various aspects of careers in biology education. Since 2006 I’ve been a Professor on the tenure track at Mills College, a small women’s liberal arts college in Oakland, CA.

I conduct research on signaling pathways involved in sensation and sensory plasticity in C. elegans, and have taught introductory biology, general biology, genetics, and neurobiology. I entered grad school (at U.C. San Diego) gung ho about research, but that changed when I fell in love with teaching in my first stint as a T.A. My blogs will focus on teaching at a small liberal arts college since that’s what I know best, but I will try to include some entries that relate to other careers as well.

So far, I have found work as a college professor to provide sizeable doses of fulfillment, challenge, time consumption and fun, as well as weaker doses of frustration and stress … and I would describe research in grad school the same way, except switching the positions of fulfillment and fun with those of frustration and stress … see the difference? I hope this blog serves a useful purpose for you, and I welcome your questions and contributions!

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