Weighing All the Factors

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Throughout most of my time as a graduate student, I had discussions with my advisors about becoming a professor because I absolutely enjoy teaching.  However, as graduation approached, I didn’t feel mature enough to develop a research program and curriculum on my own, so I continued my studies as a post doctoral fellow.  Once again, I had “the talk” with my postdoc advisor, and even attended a two-day seminar at Rice University titled “Negotiating the Ideal Faculty Position.”  The seminar was geared towards women in engineering who wanted to become professors at compe