In-Person Workshops

Hacking the Academic Job Market

Hacking the Academic Job Market

 “Karen is hilarious and gives excellent advice” ~ US workshop participant

Kel Weinhold and I regularly speak on university campuses and at disciplinary association meetings. For bio and promotional photos please see here.

On campuses, we are often invited by individual departments, student groups, postdoc groups, the graduate college, the provost’s office, and/or campus-wide initiatives that incorporate many units.  We do talks, short or long workshops, and keynote addresses. We have spoken in the US, Canada, the UK, Ireland, Denmark, The Netherlands, and Australia (so far).

Please contact us at to discuss your specific group’s goals and needs and to discuss rates, which vary according to size and type of event.  We enjoy working with groups and are always happy to tailor presentations to your interests and priorities. Read this post for a close description of Karen’s Hacking the Academic Job Market workshop.

Please note we have a particular mission to support women in general, and Black and Indigenous women in particular, so if your group serves these communities, we are open to arrangements at reduced rates.

“We have received universally positive feedback from attendees and I personally found the talk illuminating. We had 93 attendees with 30 departments represented. Attendees ranged from PhD students up to professors. We are absolutely delighted with this turn out.” ~workshop organizer, UK Russell Group university

At DMU Leicester, UK

“Thanks for a terrific talk yesterday! Your candor and the breadth of what you covered in a very short time was impressive,”  ~ US R1 Graduate Career Services Director


Some institutions at which we have spoken include:

Wonderful student organizers, U of Hawai’i

  • Brandeis University
  • Duke University
  • Brown University
  • Harvard University
  • Tufts University
  • Cambridge University, UK
  • Oxford University, UK
  • Kings College London, UK
  • London School of Economics, UK
  • University of Warwick, UK
  • Queens University Belfast, UK
  • University of Aberdeen, Scotland
  • University of St. Andrews, Scotland
  • University of Edinburgh, Scotland
  • Roskilde University, Denmark
  • University College Dublin, Ireland
  • Maynooth University, Ireland
  • ETH Zurich, Switzerland
  • University of California Santa Barbara
  • UCLA
  • CUNY Graduate Center
  • University of Nebraska Medical Center
  • New York University
  • Oregon State University
  • Purdue University
  • Ohio State University
  • Baylor University
  • University of California, Riverside
  • Moffitt Cancer Center (Postdoc Program)
  • University of Alaska, Fairbanks
  • And many others!

Disciplinary associations we have spoken at include the American Anthropological Association, American Sociological Association, Association for Jewish Studies, Academy of American Religion, American Entomological Society, and the American Astronomical Society.

At UC Riverside Academic Career Development Day (with Director Maggie Gover)

At UC Riverside Academic Career Development Day

“Thanks again for the wonderful presentations. The audience feedback in person and on their forms was unanimously extremely positive. I think everyone felt lucky to have had the chance to meet you.”

I wanted to send a short note of thanks for taking the time to give your talk on “Hacking the academic job market”. It was refreshing to hear a honest-take of the current job climate and how best to succeed – from speaking with others who attended the session, I know your comments were valued and have sparked much discussion. Taking some of your ideas/suggestions from this mornings talk, I can now see a way to manage my situation and take control of my career. ~ UK workshop participant


Our workshops are tailored to the specific needs of the audience–contact us to inquire about details and rates. 

Virtual Events

*1.5 hour Skype workshop or webinar for departments or student groups.

*1.5-2 hour Skype workshops or webinars for departments, graduate colleges or advising centers.

In-Person Events

We are available for in-person workshops  in 2-hour, 4-hour, and all-day formats.

Pre-tenure Women Conference at Purdue University on Friday, September, 25, 2015.

Keynote at 6th Annual Conference for Pre-Tenure Women at Purdue University

“Thank you so much for the fantastic workshop today! As expected, the students loved you (every evaluation indicated a 5 out of 5, and several have stopped me in the hallway to thank me already).”

Topics include:

On Academic Productivity:

  • Unstuck: The Art of Productivity (half-day or full-day workshops possible) – run by Productivity Coach Kel Weinhold

On Hacking the Academic Job Market

  • Hacking the Academic Job Market (can include interview role play if an in-person event)
  • Graduate School As a Means to a Job (includes academic and post-ac content)
  • How To Write an Academic Job Application–Cover Letter, CV, Teaching Statement, Research Statement
  • How to Write Successful Grant and Postdoc Applications
  • Interviewing
  • Campus Visits
  • Negotiating Your Tenure Track Offer
Delivering the keynote address at UCLA Careers Conference

Keynote address at UCLA Careers Conference

On Surviving the Tenure Track

  • Surviving Your First Year on the Tenure Track
  • Managing Your Career Once You Have a Job
  • Building Your Tenure File
  • Finding Mentors, Mentoring Others
  • Seeking Your Second Job

On Grant-Writing

  • The Foolproof Grant Template–How to use it, Why it works
  • How to think like a selection committee
  • The Hero-narrative of grant-writing
  • Adapting and tailoring applications

On The Non-Academic Track

  • Non-academic jobs for Ph.D.s
  • Deciding when to make the jump
  • Crafting a job application for a non-academic job

On the post-ac transition

karen uo talk pic 2

On balancing the academic and post-ac search

“Thank you for your Non-Academic Careers for PhD’s presentation at the U of Oregon on Friday. Profoundly changed my orientation about my own deflating and frustrating academic career search. You are an inspiration.”

On Advising For Advisors

  • What graduate advisors and programs need to do right now to help their students
  • The most common Ph.D./grad school advising pitfalls
  • Preparing Ph.D.s for non-academic work
  • The best resources for grad school/Ph.D. advisors 
  • Dealing with Sexual Harassment

“Thank you so much for your talk today at Humanities Without Walls.  I am very thankful for you addressing the “not enough” mentality, and for your practical guidance in finding employment outside of academia.  Your insight, honesty, and realistic approach were appreciated by all.” ~ US workshop participant

Please contact me at to discuss your specific group’s goals and needs and to discuss rates.  I enjoy working with groups and am happy to tailor my presentation to your interests.

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Dinner with the grad students after a talk


“I just wanted to thank you for your workshop on Interviewing and Overcoming the Imposter Syndrome.  I honestly have never attended such a meaningful and helpful workshop to prepare for the job market. So many aspects of the workshop were helpful, but to name a few:

  • The amount of detail on the content we should include in our interview answers (and other job documents).
  • Providing actual examples/templates we could use to model how to frame our interview answers.
  • Providing specific content for most major interview questions and required documents.
  • Strategies on how to shift our beliefs about our abilities.
  • Suggestions on how to reframe responses to sound more authoritative. You definitely understand our “positionality” and how we can quickly shift to the role of a professor without having to take years of real world experience to get there.
  • Finally, all your advice on understanding the nuances and politics of academia.

I feel like I could go on and on, but this was definitely the most helpful advice I have received in my academic career. Next year, they need to give you a whole day!”

I’m always happy to discuss ideas and proposals for workshops with your group, and strive to make my services available and affordable even to struggling graduate students groups!  Please email me with questions or inquiries at  Thanks!



In-Person Workshops — 1 Comment

  1. I am in the process of applying to a PhD Social Work Program. I teach part-time at a local college, but I understand that the market is very competitive. Your website is very inspirational to a want to be professor. I have several marketing strategies underway, as I fully appreciate the power of early branding.

    I wanted to leave a message of thanks an support.


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