Welcome! Although it often feels like we as younger chemical educators work in a vacuum, in truth we are a community of scholars and professionals. We hope this blog will help younger scholars in the chemical education community support one another, share ideas, and exchange advice.

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10 Tips for a Successful Academic Job Search

by Dr. LaKeisha McClary

I have been fortunate to complete within one calendar year an academic job search and sit on the other side to hire a new colleague. Mentors prepared me well for my successful academic job, but I know that not everyone is fortunate to have advisers and friends in the academy keep it real. So, I was excited to be asked to write a blog post on job searches. Since my only interest was in academic positions, I will limit myself within those boundaries. I present 10 tips for a successful academic job search.


by Megan Grunert

When I was first approached about doing a blog post on networking, I laughed a little inside. I have always struggled with networking, knowing that it is a valuable skill yet feeling entirely incompetent. What I offer here are my thoughts on what I’ve done well, what I’ve done poorly, and what I’ve learned along the way. I won’t reiterate the value of networking, because I think we all know it is a necessary skill that has the potential to provide tremendous career opportunities (but I’m happy to field questions about this and anything else you see here!).

A New Venue for Younger Chemistry Education Scholars to Turn for Advice

By Kimberly Linenberger

With the beginning of a new year and a new semester the Younger Chemistry Education Scholars Task Force decided this was the best time to roll out the new blog. As Chair of the YCES Task Force, I was asked to make the inaugural post to welcome one and all to the site!

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