Category Archives: Transition Q & As

Transition Q & A: Caroline Duffy

Caroline earned her PhD in Biochemistry at UMass Medical School in Worcester, MA. She now works as a scientist in biologics discovery at Sanofi-Genzyme. Find her on LinkedIn or follow her on Twitter @cmduffy88. What did you hope for in terms of employment as you completed your PhD? A career that was both satisfying in…

Transition Q & A: Libby Pier

Libby Pier earned her PhD in the Learning Sciences from the Department of Educational Psychology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She is now the Research Manager at Education Analytics, a non-profit dedicated to providing rigorous, actionable data to help improve K-12 education in the US. Find her online at libbypier.com and on LinkedIn. What did you…

Transition Q & A: Scott Muir

Scott Muir earned his PhD at Duke University in Religious Studies. He’s now a Social Science Research Fellow at the National Humanities Alliance. He also teaches online at Western Carolina University. Find him online at nhalliance.org/staff. What did you hope for in terms of employment as you completed your PhD? Faculty job; also interviewed for…

Transition Q & A: Dominique Riviere

Dominique Riviere earned her PhD at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE) at the University of Toronto in the field of Curriculum Studies. She now works at the MaRS Discovery District in Toronto as the manager for the Grants and Operations team (formerly known as Studio Y). You can find her on LinkedIn, and…

Transition Update: Adam Bishop

Adam Bishop received his PhD in Medieval Studies from the University of Toronto in 2011. He is now a translator, proofreader, editor, and researcher. He shared his career transition experience on University Affairs in 2016. Follow him on Twitter @adammbishop. Not too much has changed since I wrote my original transition Q & A two years ago.…

Transition Q & A: Michael Read

Michael Read earned his PhD in politics at Catholic University of America in Washington, DC. He’s now an advisor at Sun Life Financial. Find him online at sunlife.ca/Michael.Read. What did you hope for in terms of employment as you completed your PhD? Like most, I hoped for either a tenure track position at a university or…

Transition update: Lindy Ledohowski, CEO

Lindy Ledohowski has a PhD in English, and is co-founder and CEO of EssayJack Inc., an educational start-up company. She was previously a tenure-track professor of English at the University of Waterloo. Lindy wrote a Transition Q & A in May 2016. Read that here. Connect with her on LinkedIn, follow her on Twitter @DoctorLindy, and on Instagram @doctorlindy. Nearly…

Transition Q & A: Aidan Maartens

Aidan Maartens received his PhD from the University of Sussex in 2012, studying the development of fruit fly wings. He then moved on to a postdoc at the University of Cambridge. He left research in 2016 to join the team at Development, a developmental biology and stem cell journal in Cambridge. Aidan now runs their community blog the Node,…

Transition Q & A: Ann Aly

Ann earned her PhD at UCLA in Linguistics. She is the Workshops and Certification Program Manager at the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL). Find her online at @AnnMAlyy What did you hope for in terms of employment as you completed your PhD? For the first couple years of my grad program, I…

Transition Update: Will Deyamport, III, and Bruce Harpham

Will Deyamport, III, EdD (educational leadership) is an instructional technologist for a school board in Mississippi. Follow him on Twitter @iamDrWill. Read his original Q & A post (from June 2013) on FromPhDtoLife.com. After my original Q&A interview, I was hired on full-time with Hattiesburg Public School District as an Instructional Technologist. In that role, I facilitate the…