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.

A Personal Note From Karen

I want to offer a personal note. I’ve had an extraordinarily difficult year. My teenage son has struggled with mental health challenges that have required constant attention as well as constant travel, along with a profound reevaluation of my family … Continue reading

An Open Letter to the Department of Africana Studies at the University of Delaware

I am delighted to offer another guest post in my series of contributed posts by black women and other women of color. If you’d like to submit a post or an idea for a post for consideration, email me at … Continue reading

#MakeupMonday: Ph.D. in Poise: Three Takeaways from Pageant Life

I’m delighted to present another in my ongoing series of guests posts contributed by black women and other women of color.  Please submit yours!  I welcome post drafts or ideas for posts for consideration; email me at gettenure@gmail.com. I pay … Continue reading

Banish These Words: Sexism and Binarism Edition – Guest Post by Maggie Levantovskaya

By Dr. Maggie Levantovskaya Maggie Levantovskaya is one of our TPII editors, and a writer and adjunct professor based in the Bay Area. ~~~~~~~~~~~~ Let’s talk about sexist language in job application materials. I read countless cover letters, teaching statements, … Continue reading