In the Prof Shop you’ll find three different kinds of products:
1. Webinar Recordings
These are downloadable recordings of all the live webinars offered by Dr. Karen, which are described on the Webinars page of the website.
2. Quick Document Review Options
Quick Document Reviews are quick-turnaround options for people who need results fast to meet a deadline.
2. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
I. Webinar Recordings Available for Purchase ($100). Find the descriptions of all of these webinars on the Webinars page.
1. What Grad Students Need To Hear (recorded April 2013)
2. How To Manage Your Career Once You Have a Job (recorded April 2013)
3. How To Publish Your Academic Book (recorded April 2013)
4. The Campus Visit (recorded January 2013)
5. What You Need to Know Now About the Academic Job Market (recorded August 2012)
6. Surviving Your First Year on the Tenure Track (recorded August 2012)
7. How To Write a Winning Grant (recorded September 2012)
8. Interview Bootcamp Webinar (recorded October 2012)
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
- a) Dr. Karen’s blog post “Why Your Job Letter Sucks (And what you can do to fix it)”
- b) Dr. Karen’s blog post “How to Tailor a Job Letter (without flattering, pandering or begging)”
- c) 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.
ii) 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
III. 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
- How to play politics
- 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 committee
- 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
2) The Grant-Writing Handbook—–$24 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.
HOW TO WRITE A BOOK PROPOSAL (Preliminary Mini Edition)–$8 BUY NOW