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.

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

Certifications You Can Use for Post-Ac Employment – Robert Oprisko (3 of 3)

by Robert Oprisko One of the largest hurdles that a non-STEM Ph.D. will face moving into the Post-Ac environment is perception, both their own and others of who they are and what they do.  Successful transition into a non-academic environment … Continue reading

The Art of the Cover Letter is Live!

The Art of the Cover Letter is now live! The Art of the Cover Letter ($79) is a 10-module self-guided course, all-online, available anytime 24/7, that walks you step by step through the planning, info-gathering, writing, and editing of your … Continue reading

Post-Ac or Academic Ronin – Postac Guest Post

by Robert Oprisko While in graduate school, you “count.”  You hold an active affiliation with an R1 university, you are assumed to be capable to teach undergraduate students at said R1 university, and your potential is unlimited.  Once you graduate, … Continue reading

Being an Academic (Alt, Ac, or Otherwise) – Guest Post

I’m happy to welcome Dr. Robert Oprisko to the TPII post-ac blogging team.  Robert has written widely on adjuncting and the decline and fall of academia, and is deep in his own post-academic transition. Robert’s Bio: Robert Oprisko earned his … Continue reading

An Alt-Ac Summer Workshop That Works (A guest post)

This post is contributed by reader Rebecah Pulsifer.  I hope that other programs will read this and consider developing similar initiatives.  Thank you, Rebecah! ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Graduate study, as TPII readers know well, is wildly out of step with the current … Continue reading