Linda Bennington

Linda Bennington

Clinical Associate Professor

Old Dominion University

Norfolk, VA USA

Don't listen to others and decide for yourself what you want.


My road in life has taken me all over.
I dropped out of school at one point and taught elementary school.
I took various part time jobs as the job market was slow before getting a job in my original field.
Worked in Consumer Protection for the state government.
Had two children and taught part time in a community college.
Went back to school for another degree.
Had two more children.
Worked in the hospital for a number of years.
Started working in a more advanced position with physicians who were post-docs and taught me a lot.
Keep following my journey


High School
Clay County High School
BS in Chemistry/BSN Nursing
West Virginia University/Old Dominion University
Biochemistry and Nutrition; MSN Perinatology
West Virginia University/Old Dominion University
Ph.D., Nursing
Virginia Commonwealth University


Clinical Associate Professor

I teach a maternal infant class and clinical for the School of Nursing.

Career Roadmap

My work combines:
My work combines:
Teaching / Mentoring

Day to Day

Teaching on the University level requires a lot of preparation so making powerpoints; finding other ways of communicating what you want your students to know' grading and grading and grading lots of papers; preparing feedback; working on research committees; university committees; teaching clinical at the hospitals; working in the community.

Advice for Getting Started

Here's the first step for everyone

Apply to many different places and then see which is the best fit for you. If jobs are slow, take what you can get initially because everything you do teaches you something.

Recommended Education

My career is not related to what I studied. I'd recommend this path instead:

Ph.D. works in your field


The Noise I Shed

From Teachers:

"For my degree in Chemistry I was told women had no business working in the sciences. However, this just made me more determined to do it. "

Challenges I Overcame

First-Generation College Student