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.

Effective Slides for Your Job Talk and Beyond: 9 Myths To Stop Believing – Guest Post

By Echo Rivera, PhD Independent Research and Evaluation Consultant Owner, Creative Research Communications, LLC Hi! I’m Dr. Echo Rivera. My passion is helping researchers, academics, scientists, and evaluators become effective visual communicators. I love to teach people how to create … Continue reading

The UK Job Market, Part III: “I Beg Your Pardon, But May I Have This Job?” (The Winning Cover Letter)

By Alice Kelly, Ph.D. Alice Kelly is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the University of Oxford. She completed her PhD in English at Cambridge in 2014, with a year as a Fox Fellow at Yale, and before that she studied … Continue reading

Looking Presentable on Webcam – A Guest Post

by Jennifer Bernstein, PhD Instructor, Spatial Sciences Institute, University of Southern California Email: jennifer.bernstein@gmail.com; bernstjm@usc.edu [Karen:  Jennifer offered this post, and I gladly accepted.  I’ve purchased the items she recommends and plan to start using them next week!  I apologize … Continue reading

The UK Job Market Part II: Research By Numbers, or The REF

By Alice Kelly, Ph.D. Alice Kelly is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the University of Oxford. She completed her PhD in English at Cambridge in 2014, with a year as a Fox Fellow at Yale, and before that she studied … Continue reading