The day finally arrived! On Tuesday the book came out and The Professor Is In: The Essential Guide to Turning Your Ph.D. into a Job was officially launched onto the world. 480 pages, half of it newly updated and revised versions of the most essential academic blog posts, and half of it entirely new material, on things like adjuncting, grad student debt, and the post-ac job search.
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I couldn’t sleep very well on Monday night. I was too excited. (I will pause to note that I was never this excited about my first book, my monograph-for-tenure, Women on the Verge: Japanese Women, Western Dream.)
“Happy on-sale day!” emailed my agent, editor, and publicity team at Random House on Tuesday morning.
Tuesday night my family and friends (100 of us!) had a book launch/Kellee birthday party in the glorious twinkle-lit barn on the grounds of a historic filbert orchard, in Eugene, Oregon. It was magical.
On Wednesday the book hit #163 in ALL BOOKS on Amazon.
It currently has three five star reviews on Amazon! (Thank you, anonymous reviewers!)
The book and I got some great coverage this week.
Rebecca Schuman did a terrific interview on Slate. (Thanks, Rebecca!)
IHE published a really engaging interview with reporter Colleen Flaherty. (Thanks, Colleen!)
Hippo Reads published an excerpt, on adjuncting as addiction.
Books for Better Living published an adaptation, about women and imposter syndrome
“Why They Want to Reject You,” an excerpt, got featured in the Chronicle of Higher Education Academic Workplace 2015.
Readers are enthusiastic! On Twitter, lots of folks posted pictures of the book arriving at their desks, and into their hands.
Best present ever! Thanks @mhbastian
— Larissa Pschetz (@entretags) August 7, 2015
— Eliza Bliss-Moreau (@eblissmoreau) August 4, 2015
And even this:
My non-academic husband has finished reading
@ProfessorIsIn ‘s book. Thanks for writing a book to explain it all!
And people immediately started putting the book to good use!
There are more interviews and essays coming.
I’m going to do a Reddit AMA on Monday 8/10 at 1 PM EST. Find it on [ /r/iama]. Join me to talk about anything related to the academic job market, adjuncting, Ph.D. debt, and the post-ac transition.
Also, my response to Sarah Kendzior’s piece in Chronicle Vitae about me, called “The Paradoxical Success of The Professor Is In.” That’s coming out Monday. Be sure and check it out!
And Inger Mewburn of The Thesis Whisperer will be reviewing the book soon!
@ProfessorIsIn 26 pages in and already I totally love your book.
What does all this mean for you? Why, you too should buy my book! If you’re reading this blog, you need the book. If you are a grad student, will be a grad student, love a grad student, know a grad student, are the bewildered parent or partner of a grad student, were a former grad student, are a Ph.D., a new Ph.D., an old Ph.D., an adjunct, an assistant professor, a tenured professor, an advisor of Ph.D.s, a Career Center advisor, support staff of a graduate program, a DGS, a DUS, a Dean of a Graduate College, a Dean of any college, a Provost, a Chancellor… this is the book for you.
Here are a couple little tastes of it:
“Adjectives are not arguments. The simple repetition of words on this list [complex, multiplicitous, unique], over and over in your documents, does not suggest that you have a coherent project, or make a compelling point, or advance an original argument. The adjectives on this list are simply pointless. These is no Ph.D. researqch project that is not on a complex, multiplicitous, and unique topic, and there is no anaysis that you can coduct at the Ph.D. level that is not complex, multiplicitous, and unique. Therefore, to use these words to describe your work is to say precisely nothing.”
“The recruitment of new Ph.D. students into humanities and social science degree programs that routinely offer inadequate ‘full’ funding packages is the academic equivalent of subprime lending–the predatory lending practices that target vulnerable and unqualified borrowers. The inevitable foreclosures on these borrowers’ properties, while catastrophic to them, only increase the banks’ profits. In academia, the university is the bank, and the faculty are the bankers. Faculty are incentivized to increase graduate student enrollment, and suffer no personal consequences from graduate students’ ruinous circumstances post-graduation. The university benefits from — indeed depends upon — graduate student labor in teaching and research, and transfers the costs of maintaining the labor force back on the laborers themselves, in the form of personal debt….”