Brookeye, a North American in his late twenties, had just completed his PhD with 10 peer-reviewed presentations and 9 peer-reviewed publications when he joined this study. Brookeye initially pursued a PhD based on personal interest and to increase his knowledge of the field. As a post-doc at a North American university, Brookeye mentored students in the lab, and engaged in various projects. By the end of this study, he had welcomed his first child with his partner, also an academic, and was in a tenure-track position.
What struck us about Brookeye’s story was:
Finding work with partner, who is also academic; birth of son and paternity leave.
Large number of projects; acquisition of tenure-track position.
Consistent desire to work in academia.