“Karen Kelsky is a sort of macabre ‘Ms. Mentor’ for the 21st century” ~ Matthew Pratt Guterl
Karen Kelsky, aka, The Professor, is a former tenured professor and Department Head with 15 years of experience teaching at the University of Oregon and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Her Ph.D. is in Cultural Anthropology, with a focus on Japan, from the University of Hawai’i. Her B.A. is from the University of Michigan. Her book, Women on the Verge: Japanese Women, Western Dreams, was published in 2001 by Duke University Press. She has trained 5 of her own Ph.D. students who have gone on to successful careers in academia and related fields. She has worked as a committee member with numerous Ph.D.s and Masters students, and hundreds of undergraduate students.
Here’s a short version of her c.v.: kelskycv2011-doc
Karen has a passion for professional skills advising for undergraduates, graduate students, and junior faculty, particularly those in the Humanities and Social Sciences. She held her first Academic Job Market Workshop while still a Ph.D. student at the University of Hawai’i, after she was offered her first tenure-track job. It took her two years to land that job, and she wanted to pass on the hard-earned lessons of those years to her fellow graduate students. She’s been refining this workshop and her professional job-oriented skills based approach ever since and dozens of her own students have given their feedback to continually improve it.
Karen was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, a city she still loves. She spent two years after leaving her tenured position working in the federally-funded McNair Program at the University of Oregon, where her job was to advise qualified UO undergraduate students to prepare for and succeed in Ph.D. programs. With the success of The Professor Is In, though, she is now devoting all of her time to the business. She lives in Eugene, Oregon with her partner, two children, and rabbit Penelope. In her other life she makes jewelry from Japanese paper and fabric in her business Paper Demon Jewelry .
Proceed with confidence by reading The Professor’s Testimonials. Read examples of her advice to students and junior faculty on the page “Pearls of Wisdom: The Blog” And get in touch—she’s always happy to hear from you.
Contact her at: firstname.lastname@example.org.