In Karen Kelsky’s book “The Professor is In,” the author guides graduate students and first year professors/adjuncts through the maze of the modern academic job market. From the tenure track job search through how to write job documents through the academic interview and into the final negotiations, Kelsky provides a broad and sobering overview of how to go from a lowly graduate student to a tenure track position. The advice that she offers is not esoteric, but rather succinct and concrete. Broken into dozens of smaller chapters, Kelsky provides a desperately needed resource that not only offers advice but gives solid examples. In a day and age when the academic job market has shrunk to possibly its worst state in history, and when advisors are increasingly trying to save their own skins at the expense of their students, “The Professor Is In” is an important book that should become standard fare for anyone in graduate school. Well-written, thoroughly researched, and engaging, Kelsky’s book should become the gold standard for all of those aspiring to enter academia.
NOTE: I received a copy of this book from bloggingforbooks.com in exchange for a fair and honest review. The opinions expressed herein are my own.