CAREER ADVISOR | INSTRUCTOR | STORYTELLER
Hello! I’m Bethany.
I graduated from UC Davis with a PhD in History in 2015. Currently, I design and teach online career courses for those in the Life Sciences looking to make the transition from academia to the biotech industry. I’ve supported hundreds of folks with advanced degrees as they successfully navigated their career transitions, and I am committed to making the career development process supportive, inclusive, and life affirming.
Previously, I was the senior career advisor for graduate students and postdoctoral scholars at the UC Davis Internship and Career Center, where I served a constituency of about 7,000 individuals, providing one-on-one appointments, workshops, panels, site visits, and career fairs. I also liaised with regional employers, manage student staff, and collaborate with campus colleagues and stakeholders. You can watch the recordings of workshops I led on this YouTube playlist. I am especially proud of launching a career development assistance award in 2020 during the COVID-19 pandemic to provide financial support to graduate students doing unpaid internships, a particular area of inequity in career development. It was a challenge and a joy to be there for advanced degree holders from all walks of life as they designed their professional lives. I’m pleased to have a strong track record of successful careers launched from my time in this role.
Teaching is another component of my professional life. I have taught more than 1,000 students since 2013, from first year community college students to PhD candidates in their final year of doctoral study. I taught career development courses for 25 graduate students at UC Davis twice a year. Before that, I taught American women’s history, U.S. history, and California history at UC Davis, and U.S. women’s history at Solano Community College. If I can spark intellectual curiosity, encourage critical thinking, and create an welcoming environment, I call that a successful class experience.
Writing and storytelling have always been a part of my professional life. I wrote a dissertation called The Fruit of Her Fields: California Women in Commercial Horticulture, 1870-1915, where I analyzed the group of white women fruit farm owners who rose to prominence on the twin waves of anti-Asian animosity and the women’s suffrage movement in the West. You can read my article in the Western Historical Quarterly about seed seller Theodosia Shepherd or read a post I wrote on the Rural Women’s Studies blog. In my first career, I was a reporter for the Santa Barbara News-Press, writing feature stories and breaking news. Most of those articles are paywalled, but you can read some of my clips. I have also told several personal stories at Shorts N Longs, a community storytelling event founded by Lisa Cantrell that I also hosted. You can listen to me emcee the event, or tell a personal story. Whatever the format, I aim to make my work clear, concise, and tailored to my audience.