Today I officially started as Assistant Professor of Health and Nutrition Sciences at Brooklyn College. I will be teaching undergraduate courses in nutritional chemistry for students aiming to become registered dietitians, mentoring master's students, and running a laboratory where I will continue and expand my research on fat-soluble vitamins.
Assistant Professor is the title given to an entry-level tenure track faculty member. Promotion to Associate Professor tends to occur alongside achieving tenure after some five to seven years, and Full Professor is the title earned upon the final promotion. The titles reflect ranks based on cumulative achievement rather than job descriptions.
Brooklyn College is located near the border of Flatbush and Midwood, two neighborhoods of Brooklyn, a borough of New York City (see this pdf map of NYC neighborhoods). Washington Monthly just ranked it #1 among all American colleges for its "Bang for the Buck," reflecting its traditional reputation as the "poor man's Harvard."
The campus is a short walk from the commercial strips of Flatbush Avenue and the residential streets of Ditmas Park, where quaint houses are richly shrouded in beautiful trees and other greenery.
It's also pretty close to the foodie favorite strip of Courtelyou Road, home to the Flatbush Food Coop, a farmers market called Courtelyou Greenmarket, the locavore-friendly Cafe Madeline, and the farm-to-table restaurant The Farm on Adderly. One of the blocks on this strip just won second place in the commercial division of the Brooklyn Botanic Garden's "Greenest Block in Brooklyn" contest.
Brooklyn College owns 26 acres, but most of academic life takes place in several clusters of buildings on either side of Bedford Avenue known as the "east quad" and the "west quad." Walking around the east and west quads, you'd think they're the extent of the campus, though some key buildings like the student union and residence hall lie slightly outside of these clusters and seem more integrated with the city. It tends to have about 15,000-17,000 students, 60 percent of whom commute, though only 20 percent of the commuters use a car, consistent with the ease of getting around on foot and by public transit in the surrounding neighborhoods.
Here are a few photos I took today of the Brooklyn College campus.
The West Quad Center, which houses administrative functions such as the bursar's office, and recreational facilities.
The library, viewed from the distance.
A closer look at the library.
Boylan Hall, an academic building that also houses the bookstore, a cafeteria, and various functions.
Ingersoll, home to my office.
"New Ingersoll," or the "Ingersoll Extension," where my lab is, shrouded in the trees that line the walkway to the building.
Some of the greenery of the east quad.
Late summer flowers on the east quad.
Entrance to the lily pond, which lies between the library and New Ingersoll.
The lily pond.
Lilies in the lily pond.
Fountain in the lily pond.
The lily pond.
Brooklyn College is part of the City University of New York (CUNY), where master's programs are held within individual departments but doctoral programs are held at the CUNY Graduate Center. Currently, there is no PhD program in Nutrition, but a number of us are hoping that will change in the future.
Currently, I will be interacting primarily with students in the B.S. in Health and Nutrition Sciences with a concentration in Foods and Nutrition, and with students pursing an M.S. in Nutrition. These programs accept applications for both spring and fall admissions. The deadline to apply for spring admission is September 15 for the B.S. program and November 1 for the M.S. program. You can learn more about these programs by viewing the department's web site.
This is a very exciting new chapter in my life and career. Wish me luck!