The Professor Is In Goes Post-Ac

A big announcement:  The Professor Is In is expanding to the post-academic job search. I’ve collected a panel of experts who have all made successful post-academic transitions to a range of different types of work, and they’ll be posting regularly on the blog, and by later this Spring leading webinars and offering job document and career counseling help.* 

Tomorrow I’ll introduce the first two Post-Ac Experts and their planned line-up of posts, and we’ll be off.

Why am I making this move?  Because, I am asked almost daily for help with the post-ac transition. Up until now I’ve always turned would-be clients away with a regretful, “sorry, I don’t really do that.”  But the tenure track job market is so awful, and the state of the academy so indefensibly wretched, that I am no longer comfortable limiting my services to serving that narrow, shrinking, and ethically questionable system.

My own post-academic transition was one of the hardest and most brutal, but ultimately most gratifying and satisfying things I’ve ever accomplished. I want to support others as they set out on this path.  It really is OK to Quit.

Post-ac related information has a permanent home on the website on the Post-Ac Services page.  Please share widely with any ABD/Ph.D. you know struggling with the wretched academic job market and seeking inspiration and information for a non-academic career.   The email for this new post-ac side is:  Don’t hesitate to contact me if you have any particular requests, or wish to share your story and/or expertise.  I look forward to hearing from you.  Best of luck whatever you decide to do —   Karen

* Our first post-ac webinar is already up on the Prof Shop pageStarting a Small Business: The Other #Post-Ac Option (led by me!)

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About Karen Kelsky

I am a former tenured professor at two institutions--University of Oregon and University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign. I have trained numerous Ph.D. students, now gainfully employed in academia, and handled a number of successful tenure cases as Department Head. I've created this business, The Professor Is In, to guide graduate students and junior faculty through grad school, the job search, and tenure. I am the advisor they should already have, but probably don't.


The Professor Is In Goes Post-Ac — 5 Comments

  1. Hi, I was wondering whether you could find a “post-ac expert” to speak about community colleges. After four years on the market I would be very interested in pursuing a career at a community college, but I am concerned that I look too “researchy.” I have won several research awards and held a post-doc — accomplishments that have not paid off in terms of attracting the attention of hiring committee, but that make me look unappealingly research-oriented to community colleges (I have applied to several and, despite articulating my desire to teach and/or work as an administrator, I have not received any response). I imagine lots of people who trained as researchers have successfully found jobs at community colleges — what is a good strategy?

    • A CC career is not a post-academic career. It’s a very legit academic career. Please read everything Rob Jenkins has ever written in the Chronicle of Higher Ed (and maybe elsewhere) about how to approach these jobs.

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