Friday, May 8, 2015

Underprepared for the Profession

The Chronicle of Higher Education
May 4th, 2015

Hydrologic and thermal geologic disposal modeling. Civic education in a charter-school network. Evolution of coastlines and response to sea-level rise. Economic inequality and global securities. Those were just a handful of research topics from a group of doctoral students and postdoctoral fellows I met in March at the Building Future Faculty Program, held annually at North Carolina State University.
The program is aimed at helping underrepresented (by virtue of their race or gender) graduate students and Ph.D.’s to enter the profession. In three days of career workshops and networking, we built various forms of capital that we hope to parlay into full-time, tenure-track jobs. As a member of this group, I was surrounded by some of the most intelligent, engaging, motivated, and accomplished young scholars from some of the world’s most elite universities.

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