Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Professor Doctor FCS, Ph.D.*

Yikes, I haven't posted here in ages. Nor have I read anyone else's blogs. (Sorry!)

I alluded to having news in previous blog entries, so here it is - I finished my PhD and landed an academic job. All of this was relatively drama-free, however it has made life incredibly busy**.

I have no idea how people pre-tenure manage to write blogs, read blogs, get grant $, teach, advise, and publish a metric ton of stuff. These days I'm barely able to manage dinner. Or a dentist. And I think my kid has forgotten my name.

But I'll give it a shot. I think we still have a long way to go into the academy where scientific women at the PhD level are not seen as strange and unusual specimens. I've already had a few female students make very positive comments to me about being a role model, and I get a kick out of helping people, so there it is.

So I'll keep this blog going a bit longer and see where it goes.

Thanks for reading, and more soon.

(*) This is tongue-in-cheek. All newbies always have something to prove, and tack on the titles to the point of hilarity.

(**) Like really, really busy. You know how as a graduate student you're always thinking, "Why does my professor write such terse emails? Why do they take so long to respond? Do they hate my guts?" No. We don't hate your guts, we just have 400 emails just like yours.


  1. Great role models are hard to come by these days. Many many cheers! Now you've officially become a subatomic particle under Heisenberg's uncertainty principle.

  2. Congrats, FCS! Looking fwd to hearing about your TT adventures.

  3. Congrats Prof Dr FCS PhD! Geezus Crype. You triple-barreled the titles! Give em hell sista. jc

  4. Awesome! Congratulations.

  5. Congratulations, Dr. FCS!

  6. Congratulations on the Dr. and Prof. titles! Ha, I got a chuckle out of the blog post title -- very German!

  7. EuropeanFemaleScienceProfessorAugust 24, 2011 at 6:20 AM

    Way to go!!!! Congratulations! But do take a moment to get to know the kid again, before he turns into a rotten teenager.

  8. Congrats. Juggling everything is not easy, but you do find ways to make it work.

  9. Congrats on the PhD and the job! I find blogging to be a bit of a break from the other stuff I do, since it is entirely voluntary. Also, my blog is entirely about stuff I am already thinking about and I already like to go back and see what I was thinking last year.

  10. Thanks, all!

    @Spins: Glad someone got the joke! I know someone from there with a dual PhD, and she's "Prof. Dr. Dr. Jones". :-)

    @EFSP: I'll tell you, babies or no this work life balance thing is a joke. I don't see how anyone can manage it without losing their marbles.

  11. Thanks for being a role model for my daughter :-)