Category Archives: teaching

Unpaid Work

It’s summer! I can hardly believe it – for the first time in 20 years I have an actual summer vacation with no job to do, until I teach again this fall! Only… that’s not really true at all. I … Continue reading

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The hardest semester of my life

Don’t worry, this post isn’t a complaint. I had the hardest semester of my life but I got something great out of it. I started a new job this fall – one of my top-choice careers, at one of my … Continue reading

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Why I’m Hopeful

Today, it is easy to be discouraged about the state of the world. On NPR today, I heard about the hunger crisis. Yesterday, I talked to a P.I. at a large research institution in despair about the proposed budget and … Continue reading

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I get it now: Reflections of a seasonal stay at home mom

I used to balk at the prospect of staying at home with my child. My mother in-law has frequently and less than gently suggested and touted the benefits of staying home with her own small children. “I’m a busy body,” … Continue reading

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Life Lessons from Teenagers

“So, what do you guy think of this?” I asked my students, using all my effort to bite my tongue and let my students express their own opinions. I was discussing the 2014 decision by Facebook and Apple to subsidize … Continue reading

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Schrodinger’s Gender

Today’s guest blogger is a PhD statistician, mother of two, and thirty-something transgender woman. She works in the medical device industry as an applied statistician, with specialization in the areas of experimental design, statistical process control, product reliability, and bad … Continue reading

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A Day in the Life of a High School Science Teacher

5:30 AM: First alarm goes off and I hit snooze, hoping to rest for 10 more minutes 5:32 AM: My little lady starts crying to get out of her crib. I try to pretend I’m asleep so my husband will … Continue reading

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Reflections on a teaching postdoc Part 2: the research side, and balance

In addition to my duties as an instructor in my teaching postdoc, I also had research duties that I’d say were fairly typical for a postdoc, although the expectations (from myself and my PI) for speed of productivity were lower than … Continue reading

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Reflections on a teaching postdoc Part 1: the teaching side

I’ve recently finished a position as a teaching postdoctoral fellow at a small liberal arts college. Based on the questions and interest I’ve had from other people, I thought it would be interesting and helpful to reflect on my experience … Continue reading

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My (not at all straightforward) road to teaching

“Are you a teacher?” an earnest looking eighteen year old girl asked me questioningly. I stood before a group of average looking adolescent women in my brand new pencil skirt, jittery from my third cup of coffee that day. I … Continue reading

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