Who is on the TPII Team?

Besides Dr. Karen, The Professor Is In team includes these amazing editors and coaches.  Kellee runs all live interview and campus visit prep and the Unstuck Productivity program.  Petra, Verena, Maggie, Kristy, and Laura 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 optimallty 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%.

Kellee, accompanied by Penelope the Rabbit.

Kellee Weinhold 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. In addition to having twelve years of experience in the university setting, and enormous savvy about the ways of university hiring and politics, Kellee is a dedicated advocate of self-expression in all forms and the sworn enemy of wimpy speech.  Kellee handles Interview Interventions


and also runs our wildly successful Unstuck Productivity Coaching programs. You can read testimonials about her on the “Productivity” page.

Penelope the Rabbit is a rabbit.  She chews our mac cords.  We also have Morris, exemplar of work-life balance.

This is Petra

Petra Shenk completed a Ph.D. in linguistics from the University of California, Santa Barbara in 2008.  She is an editor for The Professor Is In and her own business, The Doc Doc, and is 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. She does editing, scheduling, and also handles many Interview Interventions.

This is Verena

Verena Hutter 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.

This is Kristy

This is Kristy

Kristy Lewis completed her Ph.D. in Oceanography and Coastal Sciences from Louisiana State University in 2014.  Outside of her research as a quantitative and applied fisheries ecologist, she focuses on helping graduate students prepare for the next phase in their careers. She is also interested in closing the gender gap in the STEM fields and currently leads a Women in Science Lunch Series at her university. Kristy handles most of TPII’s hard science clients.  She lives in Washington, D.C. and works as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at George Mason University.

Maggie Levantovskaya

This is Maggie

Margarita (Maggie) Levantovskaya completed a PhD in Literature at the University of California, San Diego in 2013. She has taught a wide range of courses at UCSD, the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and Lafayette College, from Russian language to graduate seminars in Translation Studies. She brings this experience to her work at TPII, where she helps clients of all disciplinary backgrounds wow search committees by presenting their qualifications in specific and exciting ways. Maggie will make your materials stand out within ever-growing pools of applications! She currently lives in the Bay Area, where continues to teach, write and live her best life as a culture vulture.

This is Laura

Laura Graham completed a Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Aberdeen, Scotland in 2013. She has held positions in Peace and Justice Studies at Tufts University and Sociology at Trinity College Dublin. As an ethnographer, she has published research on Northern Ireland’s Troubles as well as Black Lives Matter activists in Ferguson, MO. In 2014, she started a copy editing business working with academics on a range of scholarly documents. Laura’s international experience brings knowledge of British and Irish higher education institutions to the TPII team. She currently lives in Memphis, TN and is enjoying the post-ac life.

Kellee, Petra, Verena, Kristy, Maggie, and Laura 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!)


Who is on the TPII Team? — 3 Comments

  1. Pingback: How Can I Help? Interviews, Campus Visits, and Negotiating edition | The Professor Is In

  2. Attn. please Kellee,
    could we chat about the Tongue Untied?
    I’m teaching Grammar in the fall.
    Hope you’re well.

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