Karen

About Karen

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.

What Not To Do at Your Campus Visit

Today I share some remarks by a tenured client, who just completed a search at her department, and wrote to tell me about it: “We just finished doing a job search here and an offer has been made.  I wanted … Continue reading

Buy My Book!

Love the blog? Now get it in handy book form–only $11.40!  Available for pre-order now–comes out August 4! Buy it at all these places! It also makes a great gift for all those struggling grad students in your life! For … Continue reading

A View From the Other Side of the Table: Playing the Endgame (A Guest Post)

This is a guest post by a tenured reader at a mid-tier public university. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ If you been invited for a campus visit, congratulations.  This means that you are part of an elite group of 5 or so who have … Continue reading

I Don’t Know You

In last week’s Job Offer Digest, one of my successful clients wrote this: “Still, don’t kid yourself; working with Dr. Karen is hard! It forces you to take a long hard look at yourself, your work, and your presentation of … Continue reading

How to Apply for a Dean Position (A Guest Post in the form of an interview)

The writer of this post is dean at a public liberal-arts-and-science college in the Midwest. S/he has spent a career in public higher education at comprehensive and baccalaureate campuses in a number of instructional and administrative roles. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Karen:  Sketch … Continue reading