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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 competitive graduate schools. This was the trend among my cohort, as three of my four closest female postdoctoral friends became professors; one each at UCSD, USD and University of Michigan. However, ...