About Karen Kelsky

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.

Distortions, Dramas, and Myths: Or, How to Tell The Truth About Your Writing

Consider this… The things you tell yourself about your writing are not truth. They are stories. And the wonderful thing about stories, is that you can rewrite them. The entire reason I started Professor Is In in 2011 was to … Continue reading

Sad Thursdays: The Student Perspective on Academic Hiring Practices (in Anthropological Archaeology)

I am delighted to host this guest post, contributed by the following group of graduate student authors from the Anthropology department at the University of Georgia: K.C. Jones, Travis Jones, Matthew Colvin, Justin Cramb, Katharine Napora, Katherine Reinberger, and Brandon … Continue reading

They’re Not Quitting! Reclaiming a Genre – a #Postac Guest Post

KK:  I encountered Ian Saxine’s writing on Facebook and invited him to submit a guest post.  I am delighted that he has.  I encourage you to read and share this. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ by Ian Saxine, Ph.D. Ian Saxine is a Visiting … Continue reading