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.

“You’re so Lucky…” and the Job Market – An Anonymous Guest Post

An anonymous guest post.  Read this in conjunction with the piece that just came out this week on Chronicle Vitae, “The ‘Joy’ of Pregnancy in Graduate School.”  I think it relates more broadly to the larger hostility to the idea … Continue reading

Thoughts from the UK and Denmark

Kellee and I are heading into the final week of our month in the UK and Europe!  We’ve had an absolutely amazing journey so far.   We visited the Universities of Aberdeen (thank you, Amy Bryzgel), where I did a … Continue reading

Breast Cancer Pink: My Story of Dissertating, Chemotherapy and Healing With Digital Storytelling (A Guest Post)

More on the theme of bodies, wellness, and healing and our struggle in academia to find and connect with them… a guest post. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ by Chelsey Hauge and Kate Reid Chelsey is a media artist and writer, and is currently … Continue reading

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