Who is on the TPII Team?

Besides Dr. Karen, The Professor Is In team includes these three amazing editors and coaches.

Kellee, accompanied by Penelope the Rabbit.

Kellee Weinhold is a former university professor in the fields of journalism, communication, and literary non-fiction who now works as a strategic communications coach and consultant. In addition to having twelve years of experience in the university setting, and enormous savvy about the ways of university hiring and politics, Kellee is a dedicated advocate of self-expression in all forms and the sworn enemy of wimpy speech. Kellee handles many Interview Interventions and you can read testimonials about her on the Testimonials page.

This is Petra

Petra Shenk completed a Ph.D. in linguistics from the University of California, Santa Barbara in 2008.  She is an editor for The Professor Is In and her own business, The Doc Doc, and is an educator and writing/language specialist who assists people with their educational and professional goals. During her time as a graduate student, she cultivated a parallel career track as an academic editor and student adviser and mentor, focusing on nontraditional and international college students. She does editing, scheduling, and also handles many Interview Interventions.

This is Verena

Verena Hutter completed a Ph.D. in German Studies with an emphasis in Feminist Theory at the University of California, Davis in 2012.  Having experienced the ups and downs of the job market for many years, she hopes that TPII helps clients to survive the job market as sane as possible. An enemy of unnecessary jargon and a friend of succinct prose, Verena will tell you when to keep it real.  She lives in Portland, where she teaches at the Sophie Scholl Immersion School.

This is Kristy

This is Kristy

Kristy Lewis completed her Ph.D. in Oceanography and Coastal Sciences from Louisiana State University in 2014.  Outside of her research as a quantitative and applied fisheries ecologist, she focuses on helping graduate students prepare for the next phase in their careers. She is also interested in closing the gender gap in the STEM fields and currently leads a Women in Science Lunch Series at her university. Kristy handles most of TPII’s hard science clients.  She lives in Washington, D.C. and works as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at George Mason University.


Kellee, Petra, Verena, and Kristy are fierce proponents of the message and the methods of The Professor Is In, and allies in the effort to get you ready for the market.

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