The Professor is In


The Graduate College Presents:

Dr. Karen Kelsky, author of The Professor Is In

Karen Kelsky is the Founder and President of The Professor Is In, which provides advice and consulting services on the academic job search and all elements of the academic and post-academic.

Dr. Kelsky will give two 90-minute virtual workshops, one for graduate faculty and one for graduate students.  There will be a short wrap up session after both workshops where faculty and students will discuss what they learned and set goals for the next steps.  Refreshments will be provided in the wrap up session.

February 27th, 2020 228 BTSU

FOR FACULTY: 1:00pm-2:30pm

Advising for Advisors: Preparing Your PhDs for the Job Hunt

This 90-minute workshop invites faculty members into a conversation about best practices for supporting their graduate students in the academic and non-academic job search.  Focusing on stressors such as the lack of tenure track jobs, the struggle to navigate adjuncting, postdocs, and other temporary positions, crushing levels of graduate school debt, mental health challenges, and a pervasive miasma of denial about the real conditions of Ph.D. employment in the current era, I illuminate the spots of greatest unspoken confusion for Ph.D. students confronting the job search, and the places where faculty advisors can make the most meaningful impact. I also supply some suggested approaches for the "hard conversations" that need to happen for advisors to effectively mentor their advisees - both to compete effectively on the academic job market, and also to provide the genuine support they so desperately need to consider non-academic options and trajectories. By the end, advisors will have a better sense of the anxieties their advisees may be hesitant to share openly, and modes for broaching those with a combination of directness and compassion.

FOR GRADUATE STUDENTS: 2:45pm – 4:15pm

Going Post-ac: Preparing for the Non-Academic Career -- explains strategies for non-academic job hunting, and the emotional and logistical barriers that often inhibit Ph.D.s from trying. 


Wrap up session (refreshments provided)

Reflect and discuss the information with fellow participants.

Seats will fill up fast! RSVP to Stephanie Boman at

Updated: 12/14/2020 10:50AM