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Alternatives within academia

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Science  22 Jul 2016:
Vol. 353, Issue 6297, pp. 418
DOI: 10.1126/science.353.6297.418

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  • RE: Alternatives within Academia - Research and Teaching contributions within the Academic landscape

    It was encouraging to read Nathan L. Vanderford’s account of his journey and experiences within the academic environment in seeking to find a balance between teaching – his original career goal, and making a significant contribution to the scientific research domain.
    My own research contributions comprise a substantial proportion of my academic pursuits however a similar level of attention is also directed towards my teaching and mentoring activities and responsibilities.
    Although the teaching contribution within a traditional academic career pathway may not always receive as much emphasis as the research component, being able to engage, contribute and operate freely within both domains brings satisfaction to many.
    That Nathan L. Vanderford was able to develop a platform within academia from which he could operate towards making significant teaching and research contributions that were aligned with his goals and appropriate for the University and students, is commendable and clearly a rewarding arrangement for all.

    Competing Interests: None declared.

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