Besides Dr. Karen, The Professor Is In team includes these amazing editors and coaches. Kel runs all live interview and campus visit prep and the Unstuck Productivity program. The editing and coaching staff, along with Exec Assistant Rain, work together with Karen daily on client correspondence and document editing – maintaining a CONTINUAL daily group text and email dialogue about current client document editing judgments, special requests and circumstances, and crowdsourcing for optimally individualized responsiveness to all client needs. All editors have been intensively trained by Karen, and all guarantee total confidentiality. We run a tight ship with a complete commitment to professionalism. I (Karen) vouch for the work of the team 100%.
Kel Weinhold (she/her/they/them): The Co-Owner of The Professor Is In. queer, nonconforming, academic productivity coach. Kel is a former university professor in the fields of journalism, communication, and literary non-fiction who now works as a strategic communications coach and consultant. Kel is a dedicated advocate of work life balance and is the sworn enemy of neoliberal work creep. In addition to her university experience, Kel has spent almost 40 years as a working writer, 25 as an editor and seven as a productivity coach. She knows all of the sneaky ways that imposter syndrome and perfectionism try to run the show and created Professor is In’s Unstuck: The Art of Productivity to combat them. She is dedicated to anti-racist practice and supporting Black women in and out of the academy.
Vadricka Etienne: Vadricka Etienne (she/her) is an assistant professor of African American and Black Diaspora Studies at the University of Nevada, Reno. Her research examines how ethnicity structures the familial and romantic lives of second-generation Black immigrants. She completed her Ph.D. in Sociology at the CUNY Graduate Center in 2020. She enjoys spoiling her new plant, trying new recipes, and reading for fun.
Verena Hutter (She/her) completed a Ph.D. in German Studies with an emphasis in Feminist Theory at the University of California, Davis in 2012. Having experienced the ups and downs of the job market for many years, she hopes that TPII helps clients to survive the job market as sane as possible. An enemy of unnecessary jargon and a friend of succinct prose, Verena will tell you when to keep it real. She lives in Portland, where she teaches at the Sophie Scholl Immersion School.
Paige Morgan (She/her) completed a PhD in Neuroscience at the University of Wyoming in 2018. After a year-long postdoc at the University of Alaska, she returned home to Wyoming, where she now works as an advisor for Student Educational Opportunity (a TRIO program) and teaches in the School of Pharmacy. As a first-generation college student and female in STEM, Paige is fervently committed to improving student success and serving as an ally for underrepresented students of all varieties. Outside of work, Paige is a wildlife enthusiast that spends many summer nights sleeping on the ground.
Jasmine Mote (she/her) is an Assistant Professor in Occupational Therapy and Psychology at Tufts University. She completed her PhD in clinical psychology at the University of California, Berkeley in 2017. The first PhD in her family, she is dedicated to helping others traditionally underrepresented in academia demystify its secret language and rules. Her love language is track changes.
Faith Okpotor (she/her) is an assistant professor of political science at Moravian University and a security fellow at the Truman National Security Project. She studies political violence and international security with a special emphasis on Africa. Her current research examines the dynamics of post-election violence in Africa and mitigation approaches. Her other research interests include US foreign policy, postcolonial IR theory, feminist IR theory and research methodology. Her research has been supported by the United States Institute of Peace, National Science Foundation, American Council of Learned Societies, and U.S. Department of Defense’s Minerva Research Initiative. She holds an MA and PhD in political science and international relations from the University of Delaware, an MS in journalism from Northwestern University, and a BA in microbiology and creative writing from Hampshire College. Dr. Okpotor teaches courses in international and comparative politics, and international security. In her spare time Faith enjoys, cooking, traveling, movies, and spending time outdoors and with her family.
Petra Shenk (She/her) completed a Ph.D. in linguistics from the University of California, Santa Barbara in 2008. She is the longest-serving editor for The Professor Is In and also runs her own editing business, The Doc Doc. She’s an educator and writing/language specialist who assists people with their educational and professional goals. During her time as a graduate student, she cultivated a parallel career track as an academic editor and student adviser and mentor, focusing on nontraditional and international college students.
Kate Dugan (She/her) handles our Teaching Demo coaching. Kate is an Assistant Professor of Religion at Springfield College in Massachusetts and studies contemporary Catholicism in the U.S. She completed her PhD in Religious Studies from Northwestern University in 2015. She spent two years on the job market and knows how hard it is. Kate offers Teaching Demonstration interventions and document work for clients of TPII.
AND Rain Grace Rue (she/her) is our ace executive assistant. She keeps the inbox organized, and keeps Karen on track – a full time job in itself. Rain is all-in on helping our clients get the help they need.
We are all are fierce proponents of the message and the methods of The Professor Is In, and allies in the effort to get you hired, funded, promoted, and productive! (And also: allies in any decision you might reach to say “enough,” and decide to move on to a post-ac life!)