ACS Webinars: Academic Jobs OutlookYou may be wondering why I’m blogging about academic careers on a blog which is supposed to be all about nontraditional careers for chemists. Well, I attended the ACS Webinar titled “Academic Jobs Outlook” that was videostreamed live from the ACS National Meeting in Denver last week. If you missed it, you can still sign up and view it here. While watching, it dawned on me that many chemists get turned off from academia because they realize that they wouldn’t want their PI’s job. But there’s more to academia than R1, and that’s what I hope to highlight in this post. The webinar hosted a panel of three faculty members who shared about their experiences at three different types of academic institutions: an R1 institution, a primarily undergraduate institution (PUI) and a community college. Meet the members of the panel (modified from the ACS Webinars website):
|Here is a table that summarizes the topics that were discussed by the panelists, highlighting the differences between the three types of academic positions.
Note: The panelists spoke from their individual experiences, so it may differ from school to school— I suggest you talk to faculty members who work at the university or college you’re interested in applying to, in order to get a clearer idea of what it would be like to work at that school.Just Another Electron Pusher is all about chemists discovering nontraditional career paths (i.e. not academia or industry). At first, I wasn't going to blog about the academia webinar because it didn't seem to fit in with the theme of this blog. But I decided I'd summarize the information presented for the sake of those who still are considering academia as an option, or just want more information in order to make a decision. As with any career option, it’s always worthwhile to gather as much information as you can and take a closer look before you decide to either pursue it or cross it off your list.