Where Else Can I Teach?


Are you a committed teacher who is looking for opportunities to use your skills?  Do you want a career that draws upon your abilities to design curricula, manage classrooms, and mentor others?  This panel will explore opportunities to teach in settings other than four-year college classrooms.  It will bring together M.A. and Ph.D. alumni who are employing their teaching skills in industry, community colleges, high schools, and beyond.  Attendees will gain a better understanding of what teaching looks like in these settings, and they will learn how best to prepare for a teaching-focused career.


Joy Wattawa, Instructional Design Consultant, Mosaic (MA Social Sciences 2008)

In 2014 I decided to leave a PhD program at the proposal stage in search of other opportunities. Like many academics, I was afraid that I would not find a career that would challenge me and provide the autonomy I enjoyed as an advanced graduate student. I have found this not to be the case. Currently, I work as a consultant for a company specializing in providing training solutions to businesses. This means that I have the opportunity to work with many clients as I deepen my experience in strategic analysis, design, and development of business needs-driven technical training. Training for adult learners looks different from most college courses, in part because it is very outcome-based and closely tied to requirements for success in a particular role. On a typical day, I help design training materials that move away from outdated "info-dumps" and towards hands-on, activity-based, problem-solving based learning. As a designer, I focus on imparting the enduring critical thinking and decision-making skills that enhance performance. LinkedIn

Kamran Swanson, Assistant Professor of Philosophy, Harold Washington College (MA Humanities 2006)

Kamran Swanson is an Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Harold Washington College in downtown Chicago. He graduated with an MA in Humanities at the University of Chicago in 2006, and subsequently worked for the program for an additional year. He then found two part-time teaching jobs in the Chicago area, before finding a tenure-track job at HWC in 2010. LinkedIn

Jon Berry, Teacher, Mt. Carmel High School (PhD Classics 2000)

Jon Berry received his PhD in Classics from the University of Chicago in 2000. Since 2001, he has been a teacher at Mount Carmel High School in Chicago, where he teaches Latin and a wide variety of courses in the English Department, including courses in American Literature, Creative Writing, and Film. He has also served as the Dean of the Humanities and the Chair of the World Languages Department at Mount Carmel. He lives in Wheaton, Illinois, with his wife and two children.

Loren Deutsch, Founder, Loren Academic Services (AM Clinical Social Work 1994)

Loren Deutsch is the founder of Loren Academic Services, Inc., an educational services company that specializes in coaching, consulting, and curriculum design for students and faculty with an emphasis on health science education and board preparation. Her company focuses on the connection between emotions and learning and she has written papers and presented extensively on this intersection.Loren is a mother of four and has advanced degrees in curriculum design and social work. She loves working with students and faculty as they design and implement their personal roadmaps for learning. LinkedIn


Cathy Baumann, Director, Chicago Language Center (PhD Minnesota Languages and Cultures Education)

Catherine C. Baumann is director of the German language program and director of the University of Chicago Language Center. She received her Ph.D. in Second Languages and Cultures Education at the University of Minnesota, specializing in reading comprehension and language testing. She is a certified ACTFL tester and trainer, and does consulting for high school and college language programs on a variety of curricular and assessment-related issues.  She oversees all programs in the CLC.