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Name: Jen

Partner's Name: Steve

School or location: Indianapolis area

What do you do for a living? Copy-edit real estate ads. Don't ask. I'm supposed to be a journalist.

What's your partner's area of study? Organic chemistry.

Is he/she tenure-track yet, or is a big, annoying move in the future? While he's had his Ph.D. for some time, he is doing contract work right now. This is partially because he almost did a career change to be a journalist. I met him when he was getting his MA in journalism... journalism pays less than teaching though, so he's currently looking for either a long-term contract or something tenure-track at a small school that doesn't require huge amounts of research. Sadly, he doesn't really like lab work, funny given his field of study.

How long have you been together? 3 years. Married for 9 months.

Do you have any children yet? Pets? No kids YET (probably soon. like really soon.). We have a 3 year old Australian shepherd named Lumpy.

What do you like best about being with a professor? Going to faculty events and being treated as if I'm on the same level as all those old people. Just last year I was working on my master's degree in another field, so it's weird to go from student to professor's peer!

What don't you like about being with a professor? I don't like not having a choice in where we end up next. The future is all up in the air right now. And we won't find out until who knows when where we will be in September. I worry we'll be out of luck and in a tough position, but he is very confident that he will find something. Not knowing WHERE the something is really bothers me. And don't get me started on how surprisingly low the salary is (though since we still live like students, we do really well).

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