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.

The Genuine Job Search (Out-Ac post by Karen Cardozo)

by Karen Cardozo If you’ve been following my posts, you know that I am a major proponent of a both/and approach. This proclivity emerges in my bio as an interdisciplinary or, more precisely, an undisciplined scholar: through years of academic … Continue reading

Ph.D. Debt Survey Revisited

Remember my Ph.D. Debt Survey (who could forget it?) — my crowdsourced google spreadsheet from 2014, of volunteered reader debt information from their undergraduate and graduate studies?  (It’s still open–feel free to add your own info using the form)* It’s … Continue reading

A Perspective From the Hiring Committee (A Guest Post)

This is a guest post, volunteered by a tenured reader.  Also check out her previous post. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ I and my fellow committee members work in a somewhat technical field at a mid-tier state university.    While every institution and department is … Continue reading

Heroic Mother Teaches Class With Sick Child – Guest Post

(This is not a post-ac post, as I normally put up on Mondays.  But it’s a great guest post and I wanted to share it right away.) It’s by Stephanie Brown. Stephanie is cultural anthropologist and adjunct instructor in the … Continue reading

The Job Search is Not a Striptease

One of my pet peeves in job documents is when the job candidate coyly gestures toward a research conclusion, without actually coming out and saying what the conclusion is. I have no idea why so many job seekers are so … Continue reading