I think one of the most difficult challenges Berkeley faculty face is time management. The competing demands of research, teaching, student mentoring, committee service, and family life can be completely overwhelming at times, and one must learn that not everything can be done to perfection. While I certainly don’t claim to have all of the answers, I am happy to discuss challenges and strategies with faculty who are developing their plan to navigate this challenging but rewarding career.
Matt Francis is a Professor of Chemistry working at the interface of Chemical Biology, Organic Chemistry, and Materials Science. His research group develops new methods for the chemical modification of biomolecules, with the overall goal of integrating proteins and nucleic acids with synthetic components to achieve new function. Matt is passionate about advancing classroom teaching, graduate student mentoring, and diversity and inclusion on our campus.