Name: Catherine Chambers
Academic Rank: Assistant Professor
School: Business, Mathematics, Engineering and Technologies
Education: M.S., B.S., State University of New York at Albany¬†
After earning her bachelor‚Äôs and her master‚Äôs in mathematics from the State University of New York in Albany, she began her journey teaching at County College of Morris (CCM) in 1998.¬† ¬†
‚ÄúYears ago people said, ‚ÄėGirls aren‚Äôt good at math‚Äô,‚ÄĚ says Chambers. ‚ÄúThat is not true.‚ÄĚ
As Chambers views it, women can excel at everything that men can and it‚Äôs unfair to exclude them or treat them differently in the field they choose to pursue.
At CCM, Chambers is a strong supporter of the college‚Äôs Women in STEM initiatives which encourage young girls to pursue careers in the science, technology, engineering and mathematics fields.
‚ÄúWhy should more women be in STEM fields? Because we can be, want to be and can excel at it,‚ÄĚ she says. It‚Äôs everyone‚Äôs responsibility, society‚Äôs, teachers and parents, to involve and encourage girls to take a look at STEM fields from a young age Chambers believes.¬† ¬†
One of Chambers‚Äô biggest inspirations is her daughter who is pursuing a doctorate degree in biological oceanography at the prestigious Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Her daughter is applying her education to the real world by studying the effects of climate change on fish populations.
The Women in STEM and the new Mathematics clubs at CCM provide a space for students to meet with other students who have similar interests in their fields.
‚ÄúI‚Äôm thrilled that there are faculty running the academic clubs, I think they‚Äôre phenomenal programs and I‚Äôm so proud of CCM for supporting them,‚ÄĚ says Chambers.
‚ÄúI‚Äôm incredibly happy here, I love the focus on teaching as opposed to research and I would never even consider leaving‚ÄĚ.
She also has some helpful advice for CCM students. ‚ÄúTake advantage of all your opportunities; don‚Äôt feel like there‚Äôs something wrong with using a service on campus like the Career Center, all these services are here to help you so you can succeed.‚ÄĚ