Mayim Bialik will helm a first for Jeopardy!: a Professors Tournament. According to TVLine, the 10-day event will feature 15 college and university professors competing in the quiz show. The tournament will kick off on Dec. 6 and air each weeknight through Dec. 17, capped off with a grand prize of $100,000.
The ultimate winner will also participate in Jeopardy!'s next Tournament of Champions. In a statement, Bialik shared:
It was an unbelievable thrill to see so many brilliant professors from all kinds of schools and backgrounds come together on the Jeopardy! stage. There was a sense of kinship and academic camaraderie among the group, along with a healthy dose of competitiveness. That energy made this inaugural Professors Tournament incredibly special.
The instructors set to compete are:
- J.P. Allen, Professor of Business at the University of San Francisco in San Francisco, California
- Hester Blum, Professor of English at Penn State University in University Park, Pennsylvania
- Sam Buttrey, Professor of Operations Research at the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California
- Marti Canipe, Professor of Elementary Science at Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff, Arizona
- Lisa Dresner, Associate Professor of Writing at Hofstra University in Hempstead, New York
- Ramón Guerra, Professor of English, Literature, and Latino Studies at the University of Nebraska-Omaha in Omaha, Nebraska
- Gautam Hans, Associate Clinical Professor of Law at Vanderbilt Law School in Nashville, Tennessee
- John Harkless, Associate Professor of Chemistry at Howard University in Washington, D.C.
- Ed Hashima, Professor of History at American River College in Sacramento, California
- Gary Hollis, Professor of Chemistry at Roanoke College in Salem, Virginia
- Alisa Hove, Professor of Botany at Warren Wilson College in Asheville, North Carolina
- Ashleigh Lawrence-Sanders, Assistant Professor of U.S. and African American History at University of Colorado-Boulder in Boulder, Colorado
- Katie Reed, Associate Professor of Musicology at California State University Fullerton in Fullerton, California
- Deborah Steinberger, Professor of French Literature at the University of Delaware in Newark, Delaware
- Julia Williams, Professor of English at Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology in Terre Haute, Indiana