Her tone throughout this book conveys a gloomy depiction of academia. Kelsky has written a book designed to empower PhD students who are facing a bleak academic job market. 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. Kelsky conveys this results-oriented mindset with practical advice in a manner that's both frank and edifying. The same goes for your team. Also I like Kelsky's tone.
While I know and have worked with white men who struggle mightily with feeling intellectually unworthy, these types of struggles are magnified when the scholar deviates from the norm. The job market is lonely, and devastating; your book has made it more bearable. Sure, the book could be improved in certain places by including more constructive criticism, but if you were ever taught to believe that you should proclaim your passion for teaching in the introductory sentence of a teaching statement, this is a must read. Here's what's not talked about: this book is not nuanced in terms of race, gender, class. The only thing that kept me reading was the advice that I hoped was coming. But it is absolutely essential that anyone that is a part of this process understands how this works.
And each year only a small percentage of them will land a job that justifies and rewards their investment. This book is drawn from her blog and her years of advising graduate students, adjuncts and tenured faculty. If you're considering a second degree, or know someone who is, put this book in their hands. So I felt guilty after a few months of procrastinating, both because I was hogging the book from other grad students, and also because I am such a terrible procrastinator. 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. 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. And each year only a small percentage of them will land a job that justifies and rewards their investment.
This book is mostly a regurgitation of her blog posts which were available for free and then taken down after the release of her book - although some have been put back up, probably after complaints. What I got out of this book is how to act confident without coming across as arrogant, which is a delicate task. I often wonder if I'm applying some kind of a biased filter whenever I'm reading something written by a female writer. The advice in this book is priceless. The author runs a business in which she interacts with and trains people from across disciplines to get jobs so she still has a lot to say about academia as a whole.
The shifting of personal pronouns can be problematic: whenever it's hypothetical, the successful candidate tends to be male, while the sad, rejected candidate tends to be female. The Professor Is In addresses all of these issues, and many more. To ensure success, you need a plan. It's the wake-up call you've been avoiding, but the honesty is liberating. It was very eye-opening for her to see the reality of pursuing an academic career. No one has time to write. It is also significantly less helpful for teaching-oriented institutions, as her disdain A lot of helpful information, but also mired by her anger, both at graduate students for being, well, graduate students, and for academia for being academia.
While you or I might not find every single piece of advice relevant or helpful, her overall tone is one that will maximize your effectiveness on the job market and as an academic. So many questions that are unanswered. It's a shrewd and compassionate decision on her part, to offer graduates a single book to answer all their questions. However, the only reason I give this book 4 stars is because almost all of what it contains is already on the blog, sometimes word for word. Kelsky's methodical and meticulous exploration of transitioning from a doctoral student into a professional in academia is a must-read for anyone even in undergrad thinking of pursuing a doctorate degree for the purpose of a university position. Kelsky leaves few, if any, stones unturned, and she spreads out her information in such a way as to leave no need for other voices. Those who do make it share an important asset that separates them from the pack: they have a plan.
I received this book from NetGalley in exchange for this review. Karen Kelsky has made it her mission to help readers join the select few who get the most out of their Ph. As a PhD candidate working on my dissertation, I'm extremely not married to the idea of an academic career, but through a combination of apathy no clear direction for what else to do , shame leaving academia? Actually, I was looking forward to that chapter all along, and that's probably a big reason for why I didn't put the book down much earlier. I wish I'd read it earlier, and I wish the professors I studied with had read this book so they could have weighed in on how accurate it is for our field. I like the straight no chaser tone it's written in. I would definitely recommend it to people who are thinking about graduate school and going into academia as it lays out a very competitive career track and exact steps to take to get there.
Karen Kelsky has made it her mission to help readers join the select few who get the most out of their Ph. Kelsey is straightforward and communicates in a way I appreciated as a graduate student. Her most important advice -- and again, this seems superfluous for economists -- is that departments have certain goals and incentives that don't line up perfectly with the pure academic purpose of the wide-eyed newly minted PhD. Almost always Kelsky acknowledges when there are disciplinary or paradigmatic differences and suggests that the reader knows her field. This is a great book full of useful information for any discipline, at any stage. As someone in the 5th year of a postdoc in the sciences I didn't find it quite as helpful.
Kelsky offers wide-ranging, valuable advice and an important perspective for job seekers choosing either of these two career paths. Again, I just hated the tone of the book. But then she spends another chapter talking about how some students can be too narcissistic and grandiose and gives example statements that seem like they would have been written by someone after they read the first half up the book. I didn't appreciate the tone in the book, which I would describe as declaratory and commanding. Women, students of color, first-generation students, queer and older students… all of those coming from marginalized positions fight a mighty battle to claim a space at the academic table, and to find a voice in academic debates. This particular edition is in a Paperback format.