The Chronicle of Higher Education
February 23rd, 2015
As a chemistry major at Clark Atlanta University, Chloe N. Poston had
her career path all mapped out. She planned to get a Ph.D. and become a
chemistry professor at a historically black college like her alma
But in her third year of graduate school, at Brown University, Ms.
Poston’s desire to pursue an academic career began to wane. By the time
she earned her Ph.D., in 2012, she knew for sure, she says, that faculty
life wasn’t for her.
"I realized that a large part of my work would be tied to securing a
very limited amount of funding and not mentoring students or thinking
about research problems," says Ms. Poston. She was also discouraged by
how long it generally takes for scientific research to be put to use,
she says. "I proactively sought out professional-development
opportunities that would expose me to career pathways that were outside
of academic research."