Special December Event–
MASTERING THE ACADEMIC JOB MARKET
A LIVE WORKSHOP WITH DR. KAREN
When: Thursday, December 4, 4:30-6:30
Where: UC Washington Center, 1608 Rhode Island Ave. NW
In this two hour live and interactive workshop, I will walk you through the fundamental principles and practices of the tenure track academic job search. My goal is to demystify the process, and help you gain the knowledge and skills you need to understand the true obstacles, overcome the daunting challenges, and make your best possible case for a tenure track position. The event will feature live Interview Interventions with willing volunteers.
If there is audience interest, we can also talk about the post-ac transition.
We will cover:
- Approaching the academic job search in a downsizing academy
- The elements of a competitive CV
- The 5 most common errors made by job-seekers
- Fundamentals of scholarly self-promotion
- Interview techniques that work, and pitfalls to avoid
- Live Interview Intervention role plays with audience volunteers
This workshop is open to anyone from any discipline.
You are welcome to bring your dinner!
Throughout the event, abundant time for Q and A with participants. My promise: I will answer your questions, confirm your suspicions, fill in gaps in your knowledge, and provide a counterpoint to evasions and misinformation that might be circulating around your department. Attendance is capped at 25. This is an interactive conversation. Please join me.
In the Prof Shop you’ll find four different kinds of products, listed below. Keep scrolling down to find the products for purchase.
1. Webinar Recordings
These are downloadable recordings of all the webinars offered by Dr. Karen and her team. You can read longer descriptions of content on the “Webinars” page, but purchase RECORDINGS here, not there!
2. Quick Document Review Options
Quick Document Reviews are quick-turnaround options for people who need results fast to meet a deadline.
3. Gift Certificates
You can purchase Gift Certificates in any amount to share with a family member or friend who would like to work with Dr. Karen.
4. Professor’s Guides
Professor’s Guides are PDFs dedicated to information about the job search and grant writing.
For those seeking information on how to get on the regular schedule for individualized consulting services and full document review with Dr. Karen, review the services and rates available on the Services and Rates page, and then please contact her directly at email@example.com.
I. Webinar Recordings Available for Purchase (All are $50).
1. Negotiating Your Tenure Track Job
Walks you through the elements of a typical tenure track job negotiation, explaining what can and can’t be expected based on size, type and rank of institution. Addresses the question of the rescinded offer. Shows common misunderstandings and pitfalls, and provides scripts for successful negotiations.
2. The Campus Visit
Walks you through the elements of the Campus Visit/Fly-Out. Explains all the major elements such as the job talk, meetings with faculty, meetings with the Dean, and provides advice and scripts for dealing successfully with all parts.
3. How To Write an Academic Job Application, Part I–Cover Letter and CV
Line by line, paragraph by paragraph guidance on how to construct the two most essential elements of the tenure track job application–the cover letter and CV. Shows the most common mistakes (including hyper-emotionalism and pandering), and how to correct them to showcase the facts and evidence of your record. Focus on tailoring for specific jobs and institutions.
4. How To Write an Academic Job Application, Part II–Teaching Statement and Research Statement
Targeted instruction on conceptualizing, constructing and refining your TS and RS, with special attention to the purpose and common misunderstandings surrounding the Teaching Statement. Shows you how to construct concrete and memorable documents without falling into trite, hackneyed, saccharine prose.
5. Interview Intervention Webinar
Webinar version of the live skype Interview Intervention. I walk you through the most common errors made by candidates in interviews, and how to correct them. Includes scripts for successful interviewing preparation.
6. What You Need to Know Now About the Academic Job Market
Compendium of the basic advice every tenure track job seeker needs to know, from the ethos of the search committee to how to prep for an interview. Addresses what makes a competitive record, effective job documents, effective interviewing, and more.
7. Surviving Your First Year on the Tenure Track
For those who scored the tenure track job–this tells you what to expect. As a former department head who mentored a number of faculty through successful tenure cases, Dr. Karen explains exactly how to lay the foundation for success in your new job, and avoid common errors. Focus on time management, departmental relations, and work life balance.
8. How To Write a Winning Grant
Walks you through the famous Dr. Karen’s Foolproof Grant Template–a template for grant-writing based on the Hero-Narrative of Grant-writing (Here is a critical topic. There is an alarming gap in the literature about it, but never fear– I am here to save the day! Here’s how). Astoundingly successful, if used correctly.
9. What Grad Students Need To Hear
Targeted for people still in graduate school, this lays out the ways to prepare yourself for the job market no matter how early in your grad school career. Addresses Ph.D. debt, and minimizing the financial impact of graduate school. Shows you how to prioritize among competing demands (research, teaching, service, writing for publication) and create a competitive record without missteps or wasted time or effort. Targets typical grad student errors misunderstandings about the academic career and how best to prepare for it. This webinar is meant to counteract the bad advising common in so many graduate departments, which mystifies and obfuscates both the financial risks of the Ph.D., and the steps necessary to create a competitive tenure track job market record from early on.
10. How To Manage Your Career Once You Have a Job
Shows you how to track out a research and teaching trajectory across the 5 years of the probationary period. Focuses on creating an effective Five-Year-Plan, and working backward from your tenure year to plot out specific publishing goals. Also looks at departmental politics, managing colleagues, handling the demands of teaching, and calculating appropriate levels of service. Addresses children and work-life balance. Based on Dr. Karen’s years as a department head mentoring a number of faculty through successful tenure cases.
11. How To Publish Your Academic Book
Breaks down the steps of publishing the scholarly monograph, including evaluating presses, pitching projects to editors, writing and submitting proposals, and plotting a timeline for writing in time for third year review and tenure.
12) Women and the Academic Career: What Works, What Doesn’t
Looks at the obstacles for women in the academic career, and self-sabotaging patterns and how to avoid them in grad school, the job search, and the tenure track. Pays special attention to self-promotion, negotiating, and pitfalls for women on the job market. Ends with a discussion of children and work-life balance.
13) How to Apply for a Postdoc in the Humanities and Social Sciences
Explains the core principle of the postdoc application: showing how you serve the postdoc, not how the postdoc serves you. Discusses the major elements of the typical postdoc application: the proposal, cover letter, statement of fit, and proposed course. Includes examples of successful postdoc application writing, and as always, highlights the most common pitfalls and errors besetting the inexperienced postdoc applicant.
14) Targeting Your Skills for a Postac Career (with Margy Horton)
Confronts the incorrect belief held by many Ph.D.s (especially in the humanities) that they don’t have any skills for non-academic jobs. In fact, you have loads of skills, you just haven’t learned to identify and name them as such, and learn to mobilize them for jobs outside the academy. Dr. Margy Horton gives you a list of 100 possible skills to consider, and walks you through a set of techniques to rewrite your record to be legible for non-academic jobs.
15) Starting a Small Business: The Other #Postac Option
Dr. Karen explains the mental and logistical hurdles attendant upon leaving the academy to start your own business. Discusses identifying a niche, choosing a name, finding an audience, and using basic technology for blogging, websites, and invoicing. Special attention to social media marketing. Academics tend to be risk-averse–this webinar helps you lower the barrier to striking out on your own.
II. Quick Reviews
1) Quick CV Review—–$100 The Quick Job Letter Diagnostic gives you the quick-and-dirty chance to make sure your CV works, in time for fast approaching job openings.Your CV is the core of your professional identity in academia. And yet, misunderstanding of its proper organization, form, and principles is rampant. Have you read my post, “Dr. Karen’s Rules of the CV”? Are you still worried about whether you followed all the rules correctly, and have a CV that showcases your research and teaching to the best advantage? If so, sign up for the Quick CV Review. I’ll give your CV a review within 48 hours (business days only; this does not include weekends), show you anything that deviates from the basic principles of effective CV organization, and correct for errors in tone and style. I pay particular attention to anything that makes you look “Like a Grad Student”—a particular pitfall of many ABD and new Ph.D. CVs. In addition, I check for issues of appearance and formatting, organization, phrasing and word choice, validity and completeness of headings and subheadings, and overall “feel” and message. At the end of the Review, your CV will showcase your qualifications and accomplishments, and make a completely professional impression. Quick CV Review—$100 2) Quick Job Letter Diagnostic Package—$125 The Quick Job Letter Diagnostic gives you a quick-and-dirty chance to guarantee your job letter works, in time for fast-approaching job openings. This Package includes: i) The “Professor’s Guide to a Job Letter That Doesn’t Suck,” a 34-page Guide that features:
- Dr. Karen’s blog post “Why Your Job Letter Sucks (And what you can do to fix it)”
- Dr. Karen’s blog post “How to Tailor a Job Letter (without flattering, pandering or begging)”
- 4 sample job letters from 4 successful former clients (their first and their final drafts–so 8 documents in total), with extensive commentary from Dr. Karen pinpointing the revisions and edits that transformed a bad letter into a winning one. These examples are not available anywhere else on the blog, even for regular clients.
- A personal final review of your letter from Dr. Karen Dr. Karen will go through the final draft that you write after you’ve reviewed the Guide, and offer one final read-through, within 48 hours (business days only; this does not include weekends), with edits and suggestions for tone, style, word choice, effectiveness, brevity, staying on message, and overall impression.
Quick Job Letter Diagnostic — $125
3) Quick Teaching Statement Review—$100 The Teaching Statement is the hardest of all the job documents to write well. The genre is rife with misunderstanding, and one of the most common pitfalls is a kind of breathless emotionalism that you think communicates passion but in fact communicates a kind of adjunct desperation. Sorry, but it’s true. In this Quick Review I send you to the blog post, The Dreaded Teaching Statement: 8 Pitfalls, for you to do a first overhaul of your TS to be one page in length, and filled with the kind of substance and evidence that communicates your real abilities in the classroom. I then provide a single final edit to refine its message and professionalism, and to remove any aura of adjunct (or grad student). As always, a response is guaranteed within 48 hours (business days only; this does not include weekends).
The Quick Teaching Statement Review—$100
4) The Quick Research Statement Review In this Quick Review I send you to three blog posts, Dr. Karen’s Rules of the Research Statement, The Golden Rule of the Research Statement, and Do. Or Do Not. There Is No Try. I ask you to compose a concise, 2-page version of your research statement that focuses entirely on the facts of your academic research and jettisons emotionalism and any narratives of your research process, the two greatest pitfalls of this genre. You will focus on what you researched, concluded, and published, and what you’ll be doing next, with a brief statement of its contribution to the field. I then provide a single final edit to refine its message and professionalism, and to remove any aura of graduate student insecurity or dependency. As always, a response is guaranteed within 48 hours (not including weekends). Please note that this Research Statement Review is for *job application research statements* and not for postdoc or grant research proposals. Proposals are much more complicated, and I don’t offer a “Quick” option for them.
The Quick Research Statement Review—$100
III. Gift Certificates
You can purchase Gift Certificates in any amount from $50 up. My rates are listed on the rates page, but here are the basics in a nutshell: 1 hour of work with me (1 job document–ie, cover letter): $125 2 hours of work with me (2 job documents–ie, cover letter and cv): $250 3 hours of work with me (the basic full package of cover letter, cv, and teaching statement): $337.50 (reflects a 10% discount on total) 4 hours of work with me (the full package plus the research statement): $450 (also includes 10% discount) You are not limited to the amounts above; they are meant as guidelines to the cost of working with me. After your purchase you will receive a PDF download which serves as the Gift Certificate; please forward it to your recipient, who can then contact me to schedule the work.
IV. Professor’s Guides
Professor’s Guides are 20-50 page specialized guidebooks distilling the knowledge I’ve collected over a 15- year career as a tenured professor and administrator, serving on multiple admissions and search and tenure committees, and training my own Ph.D. students. They feature focused information on:
- How the hidden systems of the university work
- How your application gets reviewed
- The top five application-killers
- The top five tips to getting your application short-listed
- Templates to use to get your own work into shortlist-ready shape
The Professor’s Guides are delivered as PDFs upon payment (by Paypal). They come with a 100% money-back guarantee. If you don’t find them useful, just let me know, and I’ll cheerfully refund your money.
The Professor’s Guides
1) Taming the Academic Job Market $30
- the inner workings of a search commitee
- strategizing your recommendation letter writers
- what happens to your job application?
- what you’re doing wrong in your job letter
- how to rock the conference interview
- what to wear to your campus visit
- handling the search committee interview
- mastering the job talk
- negotiating your contract, and more!
THE PROFESSOR’S GUIDE TO TAMING THE ACADEMIC JOB MARKET— $30
A 17-page information-packed Guide to acing the Grant Application. Filled with The Professor’s insights into: The path of a grant application The top ten mistakes of a grant application Writing tips for a grant essay Dr. Karen’s Foolproof Grant Template–Expanded Edition
THE GRANT-WRITING HANDBOOK—$24 BUY NOW
3) How to Write a Book Proposal (Preliminary mini edition)– $8
An 8-page synopsis of the major elements of a book proposal, with extensive quotes and information from leaders in the field. This is the kernel of a much longer Professor’s Guide that is underway covering all aspects of the book publishing process. This Mini-Guide covers: When you need to start thinking about your book plans The relationship between the dissertation and the book The reason your dissertation doesn’t work as a book The current state of the academic publishing industry The 5 parts of a book proposal package to a press The six parts of a book proposal How to market your book proposal.