NAME: Cara Burberry
CURRENT TITLE: Associate Professor
AREA OF EXPERTISE: Structural Geology
YEARS OF EXPERIENCE: 10 since PhD
EDUCATION: PhD from Imperial College London, 2008.
MGeol from Leeds University, 2005.
TWITTER NAME: @DeformationRox
What’s your job like?
My job is 50% research, 40% teaching,
What’s a typical day like?
A typical teaching day looks like this: get to work, think about the class notes that are already posted online but that I need to familiarize myself with before I go into class… teach! I’m teaching 101 first, which is our intro class to the geosciences, most of the students are not majors, but need this as a general education credit. The challenge is to make the material accessible and interesting without dumbing it down. Then I’ve got a
Seeing the students’ faces light up when they “get” a concept… I love seeing the light dawn on them.
Facilitating a discussion in the tectonics class and hearing the students become more eloquent in forming, stating and defending their opinions.
Working in the lab with my undergrad students, seeing their experiments become successful and their theses come together
That moment when a paper is published, which has been 10 years in the making (this just happened).
Continuing to teach when the students’ faces look bored, which is on me really; grading papers when it’s evident they haven’t understood.
Balancing time between teaching and research.
What’s your advice to students?
Talk to your professor if something is going on that hinders your classwork – we’re human and want to help out!
Find a PhD or graduate work that you really love – it’s hard to stay the course, but this helps
Communication (both ways!) is key!