Year One as Faculty


We think and talk a lot about the scholarship that goes into obtaining a tenure track professor position. But what does the day-to-day of a first year faculty member actually look like? From administrative roles to committee meetings, and from teaching loads to progress toward tenure -- there's a lot that goes into a "rookie year." Hear from recent PhD alumni about what they learned and did in their first year as a faculty member.


Clarissa Parker, PhD, Assistant Professor of Psychology & Neuroscience, Middlebury College: Clarissa Parker is an Assistant Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience at Middlebury College.  She arrived at Middlebury in 2013, after completing a post-doctoral fellowship in the Department of Human Genetics at the University of Chicago.  Clarissa received a B.A. in Psychology (with a minor in Philosophy) from Colorado College, and a Ph.D. in Psychology (with a concentration in Neuroscience and a certificate in Behavioral Genetics) from the University of Colorado. 

Marcos Mendoza, PhD, Assistant Professor in the Department of Anthropology, University of Mississippi: A 2013 graduate from the University of Chicago, Marcos Mendoza's current research focuses on the risk politics of environmental capitalism in Patagonia.

Rebecca Pompano, PhD, Assistant Professor in the Department of Chemistry, University of Virginia: Rebecca Pompano received a BS in Chemistry at the University of Richmond (2005) before moving to the University of Chicago to complete an NSF-GRFP-funded PhD (2011) on microfluidic analysis of complex systems with Rustem Ismagilov.  She then took a postdoctoral position in the Dept. of Surgery on the topic of nanoparticle vaccines, part of a collaboration between Joel Collier and Anita Chong.  In August, 2014, Pompano joined the Department of Chemistry at the University of Virginia as an Assistant Professor.  She also recently served as a 2014-2015 Public Policy Fellow with the American Association of Immunologists.

Nathan Wolff, PhD, Assistant Professor in the Department of English, Tufts Unviersity: Nathan Wolff is Assistant Professor of English at Tufts University, where he teaches nineteenth-century American literature. His work has appeared or is forthcoming in the journals English Literary History, J19: The Journal of Nineteenth-Century Americanists, and Nineteenth-Century Literature.


Emily Lynn Osborn, PhD, Associate Professor of African History and the College at the University of Chicago

Emily Osborn is a historian of Africa at the University of Chicago. She is interested in using a variety of methodological tools and sources to study the African past, especially in West Africa. Her next book project, "Recycling Traditions: Aluminum Casting and the Making of a Modern African Diaspora," is a transnational social and cultural history of technology transfer and diffusion. As an instructor, she teaches a variety of undergraduate and graduate level courses. She received her PhD from Stanford University and was previously Assistant Professor at the University of Notre Dame.