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Why I chose an instructor position after graduation

by Daniel Cruz-Ramírez de Arellano, Ph.D.

A little over a year ago I graduated from a doctoral program in chemistry education research. It was a long road filled with challenges and triumphs. Of course, it is easy to generically call them “challenges and triumphs” when one is looking back on an already completed goal; but when one is living it, going through the daily trials, the process might seem more arduous than what was anticipated. In order to keep my motivation up, I found it extremely helpful to keep my eye on the prize, to constantly remind myself why I had decided to embark on the journey through graduate school. In my case, I wanted to be a college professor.

So you want to be more involved in the ChemEd community…now what?

by Thomas Bussey, University of California, San Diego

ChemEd can sometime be an isolating and uphill battle. For those of us in a science department, many of our colleagues/other students, however supportive, may not really understand what it is that we do.  For those of us fortunate enough to have ChemEd colleagues/group members, we may find that the diversity of our field leads us to very different research agendas while the demands of teaching/coursework take up a significant portion of our time.

“So, what are you going to do after you graduate?”

by Mary Beth Anzovino

The dreaded question for so many graduate students (perhaps second only to “so when are you going to graduate?”). Even if you have a sense of where you ultimately want to end up, career-wise, there is still a lot of uncertainty until you actually secure that position. 

A long and winding road

by Stephanie Philipp, Miami University, Oxford, OH

A common thread I have seen in recent blog posts is that career trajectories are as varied as the people who live them and mine is no exception.  My story is a bit different from others that have been shared, in that my journey from chemistry major to chemistry education researcher has taken more time with quite a few stops along the way.  If you are just starting a career, know that it is entirely possible that what you envision for your vocation may be far different from what you eventually choose or feel called to do, and that a career is not like a projectile moving in a smooth parabolic path, but maybe more like a naturally winding stream!

What’s Behind Door Number Two? Other Chemistry Education Research Career Options- Part 1

By: Stephanie Ryan, Ph.D., Science Test Development Specialist, American Institutes for Research

A common misconception that many graduate students (and others) have is that there is a single career path after the completion of a doctorate degree. We are all familiar with the traditional route in academia.

Chemical Education Research and Education Technology Industry

by Erik Epp, Chemistry Product Manager at WebAssign

As someone who has taken an unusual route from a chemical education degree, I have been asked to share some of my experiences in the education technology industry.  I’ll start with the disclaimer that what follows is qualitative in nature and has N=1.

Informal Chemistry Education

By Brittany Christian, Miami University, OH

I have always enjoyed learning random facts and tidbits of knowledge for the simple sake of learning. Hence, it should come as no surprise that one of my favorite places to visit growing up was the museum where knowledge was literally pasted on the walls. The best part of visiting museums was the independence I had to explore any display I wished without the dread of taking a quiz at the end! This unstructured environment gave me a satisfying sense of freedom to learn my way and at my pace.

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