Emily Sylvester, Wheeling Jesuit University's blog

8 May 2019

Dr. Tenured-No-More or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Accept Non-Reappointment

Submitted by Emily Sylvester, Wheeling Jesuit University

On Tuesday, March 28th, the president of Wheeling Jesuit University (WJU) announced that, due to a recent declaration of financial exigency, nearly half of all academic departments (including chemistry) would be cut as of the academic year’s end.* Two days later I was in Orlando for the Spring ACS meeting with one of my fellow soon-to-be-unemployed colleagues and four graduating-in-the-nick-of-time seniors.

6 Aug 2018

Help!!! I'm a professor...now what???

Submitted by Emily Sylvester, Wheeling Jesuit University

Has the end-of-summer, classes-start-in-less-than-a-month panic set in yet? I’ve started to feel it*, and I imagine we all have to a degree. Some of us VIPEr folks remember how especially anxious we were approaching our first year teaching general chemistry, having to start from scratch with lecture notes and course materials. How much anxiety (and time!) could have been saved if we had found a treasure trove of hand-picked gen chem teaching resources, located conveniently in a single location.

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