Wednesday, August 30, 2006

Cared for and well fed former grad student

Reading the posts written by psycgirl and profgirrl regarding the treatment of grad students I have to comment as I make the transition from grad student to faculty. My own experience heavily influenced the type of academic position I searched for and ended up accepting. My initial thoughts of academe and becoming a professor did not entail being a mentor to someone. I loved teaching and I wanted to learn more about research and I didn't care what kind of unversity I would be working in. However, after my experiences in grad school and with DA, my mentor, I knew that I had to find a program where I would have the opportunity to work with grad students. This become a priority when considering job offers. I had such a good experience with my mentor. Believe me, I'm certain my recent weight loss has something to do with moving away from my mentor. :-) And now, as a new faculty member, I am very excited about the mentoring part of my job and I am wondering who my very first mentee will be.

1 comment:

Psycgirl said...

I'm glad you had such a good experience with your advisor - I think it can be a rare thing, depending on what discipline you are in. I think it will make you a great mentor too!