Typical day on the job:
- Attending administrative meetings: 20%
- Teaching courses: 20%
- Running and planning experiments: 10%
- Managing grants (writing reports and managing people associated with the grants): 30%
- Mentoring students: 20%
I have a private office in addition to laboratory space in a state-of-the-art science building.
60 hours a week; overtime is not required. The environment can be relaxed—however, in order to maintain a lab, teach, direct a new Interdisciplinary Food Studies Program, mentor, and manage grants, it takes a lot of time.
Tools you can’t live without:
Too many to list! You will always see me with an iPad, laptop, tablet or some type of computational device; I love apps such as groupme, iannotate, and voicethread. I can’t live without my online npr, Pandora and ACS.
Best productivity trick:
I try to compartmentalize my brain and calendar obligations. I separate my roles as a scientist and a mom/wife. I give my complete and undivided attention to my family when it’s time for them and the same with my scientist/mentor/professor role. Also, I time myself on certain projects to maintain productivity.
Best career advice you’ve received:
Try to intertwine your research with your teaching. It will make teaching easier.
Skills or talents that make you a good fit for your job:
My organizational skills and ability to multitask.
Essential habit you wish you’d started earlier:
Completing tasks as soon as I receive the assignment.
Favorite ACS resource:
ACS Webinars. I incorporate some of the webinars into my class--especially the Food Chemistry series. I teach a non-science major Food Chemistry course.