Presenting the latest in our series of Job Market Digest-slash-Client/Reader/Listener Joy!
Standout line: “you two are absolutely my queer, academia super heroes/ role models.”
You might remember, but due to the traumas of 2020, I barely published any of the usual weekly updates that I would normally compile featuring reader and client accomplishments and messages.
Now that it’s 2021, I collected them all in a giant googledoc, and I’m pulling them out set by set to share.
This set is really, really special. It’s got podcast fans, people who come to our Friday Lives on Mighty Networks (comment below to find out how to access those!), successful tenure and promotion clients, successful tenure track job applicants, and a webinar participant… It’s meaningful because academia is so much more than just getting a tenure track job… It’s about living a meaningful life and knowing your own value. That’s why the job offers are at the bottom. Honestly, I’d just as soon you come to our Friday Live and find inspiration to leave the academy than toil away at the post-COVID apocalypse of academic hiring…
Anyway, Kel and I LOVE to hear from you! Please email to send us comments and feedback on any of the things we do.
Mighty Network Podcast members Friday Live love: “Hey I just want to thank you two! I caught last week’s livestream chat about boundaries especially in relation to family over the holidays. It’s helped me feel empowered to say no to things that I anticipate being frustrating and prioritize my work during the break.
I appreciate all the help and advice you give over the livestreams and you two are absolutely my queer, academia super heroes/ role models. Thanks again and happy holidays to you! ”
Webinar: “The webinar was very helpful. The idea that citing average starting wages is misguided, even by discipline and institution type, because all negotiations are local (the best indication of room for negotiation is the specific job offer you got) was not obvious to me. Also, the sample language provided (“Consistent with my 2 publications in X, and Y, I would like to request Z…”) was helpful, as was the reminders that all offers should be negotiated, whether you have multiple offers or whether it is an underfunded public institution, though this will undoubtedly changes things and limits what you can reasonably ask for and get. As always, I appreciate how you integrate issues particularly affecting AFAB, women, and POC.”
Mighty Networks Podcast Members Only Friday Live (I think) love: “I love you and Kel! I imagine we would be friends in real life. Thanks for everything you do for women in the academy! I’m under review for tenure right now and loved the new vlog. I barely got the memo about all of the truths you just dropped in time, but 2 years of solids NOs and I have 14 peer reviewed pubs in my packet. Imagine what I could have gotten done if not all the service bullshit in the 3 years prior!”
Tenure file: “I submitted my tenure file yesterday, and wanted to send a hearty thanks for your advice and encouragement. Your comments were a huge help in putting the portfolio together.”
Dual faculty appointment at an elite R1. PhD from Elite R1. Negotiation client and long-time blog reader and TPII book reader (multiple times). Karen has had a profound impact on my professional development, first in my applications to doctoral programs, next as I applied to post-docs, and now in my job search and negotiation. Her clear and prompt responses during my negotiation process gave me great confidence, allowing me to navigate the process with decreased anxiety and authentic excitement.
TT job offer: “I want to thank you. I bought your book the summer before I started applying for jobs, read it like the bible, and I got a tenure track job offer in the women and gender studies department at XU last week!!”
TT offer, client, DVM/PhD (ABD), Epidemiology, Ivy. “I used several of TPII’s services, including interview interventions and job talk editing. Kel and Karen gave me confidence in my interviews and helped me shape my interview responses and job talk. Their advice was invaluable and helped me get two campus visits and one offer (so far). I have already recommended them to other grad students and post-docs.”
Third-year review file, client: “Thanks again for the help working on the narrative for my mid-tenure review packet. The faculty in our department voted unanimously in support of the materials. Thanks for helping me articulate my researching, teaching, and service in a way that was clear, precise, and concise.”
TT multiple offers, reader, ABD, R1 STEM, SLAC. “I bought the TPII book as a first year graduate student on the recommendation of a labmate who had just received a TT job offer. At the time, the book gave me a taste for what I would need to do in order to be a successful candidate in the future. This year, as an applicant, I relied on the clear, paragraph-by-paragraph instructions in the book to write my job documents and prepare for interviews. I have watched smart, talented, experienced labmates struggle on the job market. I know that I owe my success in large part to the TPII book. I have recommended it to all of my labmates, and intend to give it as a graduation present to any of my future students who are on their way to grad school. Thank you for demystifying the process, Dr. Karen!”
TT multiple offers, reader: “I would first like to start by saying thank you for all the materials you have available on your website as well as your book. I have used both resources as I have navigated the job market twice and both times I have been offered the job. “
TT offer, blog reader and book reader, PhD, Elite R1, Psychology, regional teaching college. “This is my second time on the job market following the advice of The Professor Is In. Both times I have received a job offer. The advice is invaluable and I recommend her books/blogs/services to any friends hoping to obtain positions in academia. The best part is that she tailors her advice to different types of institutions which is so important. Thank you for everything!”
TT job offer: “Not sure if you read these messages, but I just wanted to say that I followed all of the guidelines in your book and I landed a tenure-track job on my first try! First interview at my top choice school!! Thank you for being a resource for us PhDs!”