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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

by Karen Kelsky
 

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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

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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.

Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
06/01/2015
Kelsky, a former tenured anthropology professor and department head and current principal of the eponymous "The Professor Is In" blog and career guidance service, delivers straightforward advice to those considering or preparing for a tenure-track faculty position in U.S. colleges and universities. The author pulls no punches in her candid and often irreverent description of the arcane tenure track job search process in an environment of rapidly dwindling opportunities owing to academic budget shortfalls and the resultant proliferation of nontenure track faculty, adjunct instructors, and graduate teaching assistants. Likening the process to a political campaign, Kelsky's detailed five-year plan is replete with advice on building a competitive record, both where and where not to publish, from whom to solicit guidance, cultivating references, writing effective application materials, navigating the job market, negotiating offers, and more. VERDICT Primarily directed to PhD candidates and alumni in the humanities and social sciences, the advice illuminated here will benefit all doctoral students and adjuncts contemplating or pursuing a tenure-track career.—Alan Farber, Univ, of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
Kirkus Reviews
2015-04-15
Practical advice for job-seeking graduate students. In 2010, after 15 years as a tenured anthropology professor and department head, Kelsky (Women on the Verge: Japanese Women, Western Dreams, 2001) left academia to found The Professor Is In, a counseling service and blog aimed at helping graduate students mount a job search. Aware of the current competitive job market, with colleges and universities increasingly trying to save money by staffing departments with part-time adjuncts, Kelsky offers smart, frank, and often witty advice to lead applicants through the complicated process of securing a tenure-track position. She has no illusions about her readers' ability to do this on their own. Graduate study is infantilizing, she maintains, a process of hazing that leaves students "insecure, defensive, paranoid, beset by feelings of inadequacy, pretentious, self-involved, communicatively challenged, and fixated on minutiae." Advisers range from moderately helpful to neglectful to downright discouraging. They may not have any idea of the realities of the market into which they are sending students, which Kelsky thinks is "terribly, patently unfair, in that several generations of Ph.D.'s are now victims of an exploitative system that trains them for jobs that no longer exist, and denies that fact." The author covers in detail every aspect of the job search: building a strong record through carefully chosen publications (prestigious peer-review journals are the gold standard, and in the humanities and social sciences, a book contract is crucial); going after grants; presenting at national conferences; honing a CV; writing a succinct, sophisticated cover letter and teaching statement; presenting oneself in an interview and during a campus visit; and negotiating an offer. "Grad students," she writes, "remain in an extended juvenile status long after their peers outside of academia have moved on to fully adult lives." For those students—and anyone who cares about them—this cogent, illuminating book will be indispensable.
From the Publisher
"For those students---and anyone who cares about them---his cogent, illuminating book will be indispensable." ---Kirkus

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780553419429
Publisher:
Crown/Archetype
Publication date:
08/04/2015
Pages:
448
Sales rank:
114,897
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.20(h) x 1.00(d)

Meet the Author

Karen Kelsky, PhD, is the creator of the popular and widely respected advice site The Professor Is In. A former tenured professor and department head, she has taught at the University of Oregon and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

AudioFile Earphones Award winner Elizabeth Wiley is a seasoned actor, dialect coach, theater professor, and dedicated narrator. She brings over twenty-five years of award-winning acting and voice experience to the studio to create memorable, compelling storytelling.

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