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 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780553419429
Publisher: Crown Publishing Group
Publication date: 08/04/2015
Pages: 448
Sales rank: 113,965
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.20(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

KAREN KELSKY has run The Professor Is In blog and business since 2010, and today, she is the most widely recognized expert in the highly engaged world of Ph.D.'s attempting to navigate the transition to the job market. A former tenured professor and department head at two major research institutions, she knows (and shares) the insider knowledge of academic hiring.

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Table of Contents

Part I Dark Times in the Academy

1 The End of an Era 3

2 Breaking Out of the Ivory Tower 13

3 The Myths Grad Students Believe 23

Part II Getting Your Head in the Game

4 The Tenure Track Job Search Process Explained 31

5 Stop Acting Like a Grad Student! 38

6 The Attributes of a Competitive Tenure Track Candidate 46

7 Building a Competitive Record 52

8 Your Campaign Platform 61

9 Why They Want to Reject You 65

10 When to Go on the Market and How Long to Try 69

11 Where Are the Jobs? Institution Types and Ranks 75

12 Where and How to Find Reliable Advice 81

13 Why "Yourself" Is the Last Person You Should Be 86

Part III The Nuts and Bolts of a Competitive Record

14 Take Control of Your CV 93

15 Getting Teaching Experience 99

16 Publish This, Not That 103

17 Why You Want and Need Grants 110

18 Cultivating Your References 114

19 Applying to Conferences 118

20 HOW to Work the Conference 123

Part IV Job Documents That Work

21 The Academic Skepticism Principle 133

22 What's Wrong with Your Cover Letter 140

23 Tailoring with Dignity 151

24 Rules of the Academic CV 156

25 Just Say No to the Weepy Teaching Statement 164

26 Evidence of Teaching Effectiveness 173

27 The Research Statement 179

28 What Is a Diversity Statement, Anyway? 185

29 The Dissertation Abstract 191

Part V Techniques of the Academic Interview

30 Academic Job Interview Basics 199

31 The Key Questions in an Academic Interview 207

32 The Conference Interview (Including Phone and Skype) 222

33 The Campus Visit 227

34 The Job Talk 234

35 The Teaching Demo 240

36 How to Talk to the Dean 243

37 They Said What? Handling Outrageous Questions 247

38 Waiting, Wondering, Wiki 254

Part VI Navigating the Job Market Minefield

39 Good Job Candidates Gone Bad 261

40 Fear of the Inside Candidate 271

41 Wrangling Recalcitrant References 274

42 Managing Your Online Presence 278

43 Evaluating Campus Climate 283

44 When You Feel Like You Don't Belong 286

45 What If You're Pregnant? 296

46 What Not to Wear 299

47 Covering the Costs 308

Part VII Negotiating an Offer

48 Don't Be Afraid to Negotiate 315

49 The Rare and Elusive Partner Hire 324

50 The Rescinded Offer-Who Is In the Wrong? 327

Part VIII Grants and Postdocs

51 The Foolproof Grant Template 337

52 Proving Your Project Is Worthy 345

53 The Postdoc Application: How It's Different and Why 349

54 The Good and the Bad of Postdocs 355

Part IX Some Advice About Advisors

55 Best Advisors, Worst Advisors 361

56 A Good Advisor Is Not Nice 367

57 Ph.D. Debt and Ethical Advising 370

Part X Leaving the Cult

58 It's OK to Quit 385

59 Let Yourself Dream 390

60 100+ Skills That Translate Outside the Academy 396

61 Collecting Information 403

62 Applying While Ph.D. 407

63 Breaking Free: The Path of the Entrepreneur 412

Conclusion. Declaring Independence 417

Acknowledgments 421

Notes 425

Index 433

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