Three DC Events This Week

This is a special post to let you know about three live events I’m doing in Washington, DC this week.  One is open to all, one is at the AAA (Anthropology) meetings, and one is at the University of Maryland, for grad students there.

1) Public Event for All:



When:  Thursday, December 4, 4:30-6:30

Where:  UC Washington Center, 1608 Rhode Island Ave. NW

Cost:  $120
Use GRAD25 for 25% off [$90]

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.

Use discount code GRAD25 for 25% off [$90]

Register here.

2) For Anthropologists at the AAA:

Live Workshop:  Hacking the Academic Interview, Overcoming Imposter Syndrome

Thursday 12/4: 9-12
Register at the AAA National Meetings Workshop Registration!

3) For University of Maryland Folks

Live Workshop: Ph.D. Completion Project–CVs and Cover Letters

Friday, Dec. 5, 2-4 PM, Stamp Student Union Rm 2208

I walk you through the fundamentals of academic cover letters and CVs, provide examples of effective language, and workshop your documents.

Register by emailing

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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.

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