The Professor Is In

The Professor Is In answers all your questions about the academic career. Dr. Karen Kelsky and productivity coach Kel Weinhold, with their trademark combination of candor, humor, and compassion (and a healthy dose of critique), ...more

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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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April 22, 2022 00:42:18
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Ep 3:21 Surviving Your New Academic Thing

We did a survey recently and the message loud and clear was: please give us more advice about just… surviving in academia!  So today we are talking about managing your transition into your new academic “thing,” whatever it is. We talk about managing your fear and keeping connected to your own values and motivations. Academia […] ...

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April 10, 2022 00:38:57
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Ep 3:20 What Even Is Sick Leave For an Academic?

[Note: Karen and Kel were on vacation in NYC and recording from a hotel room! Please excuse the tinny sound today and next week; it goes back to normal after that!] A tweet went academic-viral recently asking whether academics use sick leave or even know what their sick leave policies are. Short answer: in the […] ...

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March 29, 2022 00:42:03
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Ep 3:19 Academic Labor Is Labor

We talk about the “capitalist gaze” and how it impacts the creativity of academics. Casting our research outcomes as “products” can be deeply chilling to the imaginative work of scholarship.  Research as an assembly line, or as a deli counter (slicing your work into ever thinner slices to maximize number of publications) constricts scope for […] ...

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March 23, 2022 00:41:01
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Ep 3:18 How Is Academia Like Gardening?

When you think about academia like a garden, the analogy clarifies a lot of things. First off, not every plant can thrive in every spot; also, plants need constant resources in terms of water, fertilizer, sun, and attention. We don’t judge one growing zone over another- they aren’t better or worse, they are just different.  […] ...

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March 16, 2022 00:30:27
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Ep 3:17 Co-Writing As a Productivity Hack

Collaborative writing is a great productivity hack when it works. But how to make it work? In this episode Karen and Kel talk to Dr. Julia Hornberger and Dr. Sarah Hodges, who have maintained a weekly Zoom collaborative writing practice over two continents for the past five years. They explain the technical logistics of making […] ...

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