Professor GatorUptown 2.0

I’ve been looking forward to being able to make this announcement for some time… Remember my good news that I am teaching college on the side as an adjunct professor?

I’ve accepted a full-time teaching and research position, beginning in the Fall semester, and will be leaving the bank soon.

I’ve long said that I wasn’t sure what I was going to do with my Ph.D. once I completed it. I was never certain that academia was where I wanted to be, given my long experience in the business world. But I have also recognized that it’s time for a change, and I’ve decided to leap head-first into it.

For those who are interested in details, no, we’re not leaving New York.  And yes, it’s a tenure-track role. I’m starting at the Assistant Professor level, which is perfectly appropriate for a brand new Ph.D., but does perhaps reflect a bit of a “step back” compared to my career progression in industry. Still, you gotta start somewhere, and I’m brand new as far as academia is concerned.

I’ll be teaching undergraduate and graduate students in classes related to Human Resources, and I’m eagerly looking forward to creating a class in Diversity & Inclusion.  More importantly, I’m excited to continue research in D&I topics, particularly Employee Resource Groups, allies, and intersectionality.

This is totally going to be me as a full-time professor.

Of course I’m sad to leave the bank, but after eleven years, I think it’s time. Fortunately, though I’ve accepted the job at the beginning of April, I don’t actually begin my employment until August. (Side note: I need to finish my dissertation and officially graduate before the first day of the semester, so consider me extra motivated now!)  I’ve got some time for an orderly goodbye while still taking the summer off to be in Florida with my family, which is an amazing relief given everything that’s happening with my dad right now.

More details to come, but for now, I couldn’t wait to share my news this morning. Now if you’ll excuse me, I’ve got to go call my boss.

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