Get to know Mercer University‘s faculty members a little better through our “Faculty Flashback” series. Some of our professors will be sharing personal and professional details of their lives in a Q&A as well as then-and-now photos from today and their college days.
Dr. Emilianne McCranie Limbrick, assistant professor of chemistry in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, has worked at Mercer for four years. She earned a bachelor’s degree in biochemistry and molecular biology from Mercer in 2010 and a Ph.D. in chemistry from Vanderbilt University in 2016.
1. What advice, related to life or college, would you offer students at Mercer now?
Slow down and enjoy the experience. Sometimes it feels as if we’re always rushing toward the next big thing. In college, you may feel like you need to rush toward graduation or graduate or professional school. There will always be another goal to work toward. Instead, learn to enjoy the journey. Take a class that interests you even if it doesn’t “count” toward your major. Don’t overload your schedule so much that you don’t have time for the “extras” that help to make your experience here at Mercer a rich and rewarding one.
2. What made you want to join the team at Mercer?
The people. From the students to the staff to the faculty members, we have the best people. As a student at Mercer, I had wonderful professors who genuinely cared about me, not just as a student but as a person. When I left for graduate school, my dream was to come back and teach at Mercer. I jokingly told (Chemistry Department Chair) Dr. (Jeffrey) Hugdahl to make sure there was an office with my name on it when they built the new science building! Now that I’m back, I hope that I can inspire and encourage my students just as my professors did for me.
3. What do you love most about your work?
Working with students. We have motivated students who want to make a difference in their world. They have big ideas and a lot of passion. I love teaching chemistry and biochemistry, but I enjoy seeing my students succeed even more. It’s incredibly rewarding when students share their successes and joys with me, and I get to share in that celebration.
4. What is your favorite spot on Mercer’s campus?
The quad. There is just something peaceful about walking around the quad, whether I’m reminiscing about my college days or preparing for a meeting.
5. What are some of your hobbies and interests outside of work?
I love spending time at home with my husband and almost 2-year-old son. I enjoy gardening and all things DIY from sewing to refinishing furniture to small building projects.