The Professor Is In: The Essential Guide To Turning Your Ph.D. Into a Job

The Professor Is In: The Essential Guide To Turning Your Ph.D. Into a Job

Karen Kelsky

Language: English

Pages: 448

ISBN: 0553419420

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub

The definitive career guide for grad students, adjuncts, post-docs and anyone else eager to get tenure or turn their Ph.D.  into their ideal job
Each year tens of thousands of students will, after years of hard work and enormous amounts of money, earn their Ph.D. And each year only a small percentage of them will land a job that justifies and rewards their investment. For every comfortably tenured professor or well-paid former academic, there are countless underpaid and overworked adjuncts, and many more who simply give up in frustration.
Those who do make it share an important asset that separates them from the pack: they have a plan. They understand exactly what they need to do to set themselves up for success.  They know what really moves the needle in academic job searches, how to avoid the all-too-common mistakes that sink so many of their peers, and how to decide when to point their Ph.D. toward other, non-academic options.
Karen Kelsky has made it her mission to help readers join the select few who get the most out of their Ph.D. As a former tenured professor and department head who oversaw numerous academic job searches, she knows from experience exactly what gets an academic applicant a job. And as the creator of the popular and widely respected advice site The Professor is In, she has helped countless Ph.D.’s turn themselves into stronger applicants and land their dream careers.
Now, for the first time ever, Karen has poured all her best advice into a single handy guide that addresses the most important issues facing any Ph.D., including:
-When, where, and what to publish
-Writing a foolproof grant application
-Cultivating references and crafting the perfect CV
-Acing the job talk and campus interview
-Avoiding the adjunct trap
-Making the leap to nonacademic work, when the time is right
The Professor Is In addresses all of these issues, and many more.


















on appropriate clothing; his grooming is a model to his male students. He openeth his mouth with wisdom, and on his tongue is the law of kindness. His advisees arise up and call him blessed; his department head also, and she praiseth him: Many faculty have done virtuously, but thou excellest them all.” Here are the five top traits of the worst advisors. If you are still considering graduate school, test for these before you commit yourself to an advisor or a program. If you are already in

balance is delicate indeed. You must publish enough to get a job without prematurely exhausting the supply of material you will need for tenure. That is why I recommend writing a master’s thesis, which will give you material for a publication without cutting into your dissertation material. If you are in a book field, you need a plan for your book, even if you are still finishing the dissertation. Have a timeline for the production and submission of a book proposal to several presses for an

competitive record for the purposes of the job search against your long-term financial and mental health. ELEVEN Where Are the Jobs? Institution Types and Ranks As you gird your loins for the job market, you need to have an accurate understanding of the types of jobs to which you might apply, and the match between those jobs and your particular profile and platform. In my work at The Professor Is In, I’ve come to recognize what I call the “R1 candidate.” This is a candidate who typically comes

questions, especially when they are random, odd, or hostile. Schedule all the practice you can. Be aware of department culture: Do they wish to have your introducer mediate questions, or have you do it yourself? Follow the custom. Never forget that senior people should be called on first. Call on the most senior/emeriti first, because nothing is going to stop them from talking…so get it out of the way right away. Do not call on a grad student first. Of course, you won’t know with total

can often identify the content and organization errors of their job documents, but they often remain unaware of problems of emotional tone and affect that color their writing and speaking during the job search. I’ve written about hyper-emotionalism and excessive humility elsewhere in the book. Here I identify five more errors of approach. 1. Narcissism Narcissism, in the context of the job market, is obsession with your own process. Yes, we know that graduate school is an epic journey of

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