Farewell Chattanooga! It’s Time To Follow My Passion.


“There are many things in life that will catch your eye, but only a few will catch your heart. Pursue these.” -Michael Nolan

When the clock strikes 5:00 pm this Friday, I’ll turn off the light and shut the door to my University of Tennessee at Chattanooga office for the last time. I’m proud of the many accomplishments my team and I have had – despite facing some significant challenges – and I wish the University continued success.

I have been presented with an opportunity that has not only captured my interest but has also tapped into my passion for doing work that makes a difference in people’s lives.

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Should Writing for the Public Count Toward Tenure?

by Amy Schalet, University of Massachusetts Amherst

Many pressing issues have been calling for attention these days – the unprecedented increase in mortality rates among white Americans, the Black Lives Matter movement and the upending of the Republican Party.

At the root of many of these issues are complex sociological reasons. For example, there is good reason to believe that the rising mortality among white Americans is related to the declining economic fortunes of white working-class men over the past four decades.

But how is the general public to understand these issues? And how are they to know how best to respond to such concerns?

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A Career in Communication: Making the Switch

By Kirk Englehardt – Originally a Guest Blog Post on Scilogs.com 6/2014 – Updated 2/2017

Changing careers isn’t easy. Neither is giving up on one dream to pursue another, but I’ve done both with no regrets.

Over the past couple of months, I’ve made myself available for several informational interviews by students on the Ph.D. track considering diverting from their planned destination. I easily related to them because I understand the internal struggles involved when deliberating about a career change.

In working through their own deliberations about trading in a career in the lab for one in science communication these students asked me some excellent questions about how I started in communications and sought advice for getting started along their own path in communication.

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