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.

Dance, Dance, Revolution

Years ago, the gender studies program at my university hosted a Latin American female hip hop group, who gave a roundtable on women and rap in Latin America on campus, and then a live concert.  The roundtable was great, but … Continue reading

The 30,000 Foot View – a STEM Postac Guest Post

By Brandon Cochenour, Ph.D. It would seem lately that a lot of the discussion around “alt-ac” are mostly “Variations on a Theme”… Get PhD Search for tenure track position Receive tenure track position (or not) Fall out of love with … Continue reading

How to Be a Fiction Editor, Part II: Novelists’ Views – Postac Post by Joe Fruscione

By Postac Coach and Consultant, Joe Fruscione   In Part I of this series, we heard from three editors who’ve worked on fiction projects. Now we flip the conversation and hear from two writers who’ve worked with freelancers to edit … Continue reading

Self-Criticism and the Academy — Postac Post by Jessica Langer

by Post-ac Career Coach Jessica Langer Academia is a climate of constant and unrelenting criticism. This is obvious in a professional sense: our work is often called “criticism” as a catch-all, and in the process of building upon our field … Continue reading