The Professor Is In

The Professor Is In answers all your questions about the academic career. Dr. Karen Kelsky and prod ... more

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June 20, 2022 00:34:40
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Ep 3:27 #LeavingAcademia: The Great Quitting

Academics are bailing in unprecedented numbers, and academia has finally started to notice. Karen was interviewed twice in the past couple weeks–once in Nature, once in the Chronicle — about mass resignations by tenured folks, and the new Professor Is Out community on FB. COVID was the final straw–adding actual physical harm to the decades […] ...

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June 13, 2022 00:46:26
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Ep 3:26 Overcoming Perfectionism

Perfection is the enemy of productivity, but almost all academics struggle with perfectionism. How to resist its siren song? Kel shares her coaching insights from her Unstuck: The Art of Productivity program to give strategies for shutting down the delusion of perfection (which, after all, is not possible) and opening up avenues for facing the […] ...

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June 08, 2022 00:40:04
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Episode 3:25 Burnout Part II - Academia Has It Bad

One episode wasn’t enough to talk about burnout in the academy. Juxtaposing the WHO definition of burnout with a definition Karen read, that burnout is “investing emotionally in a job and not having that investment returned,” Karen and Kel, along with commenters on the FB Live where this was recorded, delve further into the elements […] ...

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May 12, 2022 00:39:40
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Ep 3:24 Academic Burnout: What It Is, Where It Comes From

Burnout is on everyone’s mind right now. It’s the end of the academic year, and what an academic year it was.  Profs and students both are at the end of their ropes. Kel and Karen talk about the symptoms of burnout, including some that might surprise you, and how to recognize and make peace with […] ...

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May 06, 2022 00:41:33
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Ep 3:23 Prepping for Next Year's Job Market

You didn’t get the job this year; what to do?  Kel and I talk through what makes a competitive record and competitive presentation of that record, so you can know what to prioritize this summer, if an academic job is your priority (and needless to say, it does not have to be).  This follows on […] ...

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April 27, 2022 00:35:49
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Ep 2:22 The Violence of Professionalism

We dig into the definition of  “professionalism,” a term thrown around as an arbiter of correct and incorrect behavior in academia.  Drawing from insights on a recent Twitter thread, Karen and Kel talk about how professionalism operates as code for the protection of white (male, straight, cisgender) comfort – quiet, sedate, nonconfrontational, bodies contained and […] ...

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