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Learning Center Experience
1. What is a typical day for you as director of wellness? If
you don't really have a typical day then can you describe some of the things
you might do throughout the course of a week?
I work full-time at a university where I am a professor
of public health and direct a cancer survivorship center. One of the things I
love about my job is the variability in what I do. I may teach a class, conduct some research,
mentor students, and direct a cancer survivor program. I also spend a lot of
time out in the community helping train my student in the field. It is very
rewarding. I float through many different settings such as non-profits, cancer
center, and even free clinics.
2. How did you get to your current position? Can you speak
about your prior education and experiences that were stepping stones?
My current position has been built on over 18 years of
experience. I have a bachelor’s degree in
community health and a masters’s degree and PhD in public health. I was fortunate
enough to have a graduate assistantship that paid for both of these degrees and
allowed me to teach. During the last 2 years of my doctoral study I also worked
as a lobbyist. This was a very enjoyable job and it really turned me on to
Once my dissertation was complete I decided it was time to
get my first academic job, so I started as an assistant professor position. About 5 years later my alma mater then recruited me to cofme back to direct
their doctoral program. While there, I was promoted to full professor and recently
started The Center for Health and Successful Living. This new center focuses on
cancer survivorship and provides education, screenings, and patients services
3. What is the most satisfying part of your job as a
I feel as though being a teacher to the next generation of health
educators is a gift. It is so wonderful to
help launch new professionals into the field or see them grasp a concept for
the first time. This is particularly interesting when the learning is occurring
in the community setting. In many ways, I think being a professor is like being
a coach. I help students set goals and give them feedback and encouragement. I
also give them a gentle reminder when they may be slacking off or getting away
from their chosen academic path. Another aspect that I love about my job is
that every day is different and I have lots of autonomy in my job.
4. What advice would you give our students who wanted to
pursue a similar career path/goal?
First of all, get as much experience as you can in many
different areas. As a student, take advantage of internships, volunteer
experiences, and job shadowing. I also recommend
that you join a professional association and begin networking. Our profession
is very small and networking is really how most people get their jobs. Lastly,
go to as many of the conferences or workshops as you can in the area that you
are interested in.
The views expressed in this article are solely those of the author and do not represent the view of Kaplan University.
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