Milestones

My road in life took a while to figure out.
I realized my Bachelor's degree was not enough to get the kind of job I wanted.
I decided to pursue the MA in communication. I realized that I wanted to be a college professor.
I pursued my Ph.D. I worked outside of academia for 3 years and then found a university teaching job.
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Career

Professor of Communication

I teach Communication at the undergraduate and graduate levels.

Career Roadmap

Roadmap
My work combines:
My work combines:
Writing
Travel
Communicating / Sharing Stories

Day to Day

A student shadowing me would see that I love my job. No two days are the same. But a great day is when I teach my classes and meet with students and colleagues. If I can, I spend time grading and keeping up with emails and phone calls. I have lunch with colleagues on some days, on others I work in my office or just take a walk. Most days I spend the last hour on my writing projects. Then, if I have time, I might do some preparation for the next day.

Skills & Qualities Beyond School

Time management is crucial. Also, being able to work with diverse groups of people with a variety of goals is important. College students are a unique population, and it takes time and practice to work with them and help them through this stage of life. Many are focused on graduating and getting a job, and not on the learning process itself. It's important that I acknowledge this while still trying to engage them in the learning process.

Advice for Getting Started

Here's the first step for college students

First, complete a Bachelor's degree in the field. Then a Master's degree, perhaps at the same institution. If you maintain a high GPA, (3.0 or above) then you might qualify for funding at the graduate level. If you find that you are enjoying working on the MA degree, then it's important to do research on Ph.D. institutions to see if your interests match theirs. It's a decision that should not be made lightly. Make sure you understand the commitment involved in pursuing this path.

Recommended Education

My career is related to what I studied. I'd recommend the path I took: