Prof. Cristina Caldari-Torres Interview
In a recent interview with the Newark Advocate, Assistant Professor of Biology Cristina Caldari-Torres confessed that teaching wasn’t her first career dream.
The article notes:
“Cristina Caldari-Torres is an assistant professor in the biology department at Denison University. But growing up, the thought of teaching never even crossed her mind.
“’Not really, but it should have,’ she admitted. ‘I come from a family of academics. My dad was a professor at the University of Puerto Rico’s urban planning graduate program until his death in 1994. My mom is still a professor and chair at the University of PR’s translation graduate program.’
“None of that seemed to factor into the young Caldari-Torres’ plans, however. Instead, her goal, she said, ‘was always to become a veterinarian. I thought I was going to be a veterinarian my entire childhood and young adult life.’
“That included her college undergraduate years. She even worked with an equine vet and in a small animal clinic. Then everything changed when she entered grad school.
“’I attended graduate school at the University of Florida,’ she recalled, ‘hoping to become a Florida resident, which would’ve increased my chances of getting into the UF vet school. But once I started grad school, I fell in love with research and with teaching. After that, a job in academia was inevitable.’”