Joan talks with Ms.Yancey about her career in Academia. Kathy talks about the impact of professors she had in her college years and how they influenced her decision to pursue a career in academia. They discuss the differences in academic careers one can pursue, often a function of working at a ‘teaching-centric’ vs a ‘research-centric’ institution. Kathy shares her insights into the personal discipline required to fulfill the writing/publishing expectations of the role; and the different relationships a professor often develops with Graduate vs Undergraduate students. This is a candid and insightful conversation about a profession, and in many respects a lifestyle, that few outside of academia understand.