We know that stepping from academia to industry is met with scorn for the person ‘selling out’ and leaving the university, but there’s a subtler form of bias against those scientists who actually like to teach.
The moment you consider applying for a university teaching position, your advisors and peers will come out of the woodwork to tell you what a bad idea that is. It’s unstable, a waste of your abilities, and you’ll be bored in just four days!
And God forbid you mention a job that doesn’t offer tenure.
This week on the show, we talk with a professor who took that fateful teaching job, and lived to tell about it. In fact, she’s happier than she’s ever been.