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.

Laid Off From the Tenure Track – a Guest Post

Stephanie Hinnershitz is currently an assistant professor in the Department of History at Cleveland State University in Ohio where she specializes in U.S. immigration history. Her first book, Race, Religion, and Civil Rights, was published by Rutgers University Press in … Continue reading

Academia as Identity – a UK/US Comparison

Kellee and I have done speaking tours in the UK for two years now, and the time we spent there has been immensely valuable for us, in learning what parts of the academic experience are shared between the UK and … Continue reading

Productivity – Where To Find It?

CORRECTION: SIGN UP DEADLINE FOR UNSTUCK: THE ART OF PRODUCTIVITY IS WEDNESDAY 5/24 AT MIDNIGHT PACIFIC TIME. Kellee and I just got back from our 3 1/2 week speaking tour of Ireland, Scotland, and England. We visited University of Manchester, … Continue reading

Rethinking Rejection – by Karen Cardozo

By Karen Cardozo A recent Chronicle article on how to survive rejection linked to a blog post urging writers to aim for 100 rejections a year.  How (existentially) low can you go?!  This method of throwing literary spaghetti at the … Continue reading

You Need a Refueling Stop – Productivity Tips from Kellee Weinhold

Academic writing is an idea-fueled system. In other words, to produce a piece of writing, we go to our ideas, shaping them into a form that has never existed before in the history of time. What this means is, you … Continue reading