‘Jeopardy!’ Sets First-Ever Professors Tournament: Meet Some of the Competitors

by Madison Miller

They are often some of the best competitors on “Jeopardy!” and now they’re getting their own spotlight to truly shine.

College professors will now get the chance to compete in the Professors’Tournament. It can be their opportunity to show students just how much knowledge they have stowed away.

“Jeopardy!” is no stranger to interesting tournaments and it’s a major highlight for the trivia competition. Some of the tournaments include the Teen Tournament, the College Championship, and perhaps the most popular, the Tournament of Champions.

Upcoming Professors Tournament Competitors

The Professors Tournament will join the list of ever-growing tournaments. Mayim Bialik will host the tournament and it begins on December 6 and will wrap up on December 17. There will be 15 professors stopping by from 15 different colleges and universities.

According to FOX 17, one of the future competitors is Gautam Hans. He is an associate clinical professor of law at Vanderbilt University. He is also a longtime fan of the show and told the news network how excited he is for the opportunity.

“I love the show. I loved Alex Trebek, he was such an icon. People who become law professors were always probably nerds, and nerds are more likely to love ‘Jeopardy!'”

He will compete against a massive roster of professors for the $100,000 cash prize. The “Jeopardy!” executives really picked a diverse group of professors. They come from schools all across the country — from New York to California to Deleware to Colorado. In addition, they are also all experienced in different fields. Some of the areas of study include Musicology, Elementary Science, Business, English, as well as African American History.

Some competitors also include J.P. Allen from the University of San Francisco, Marti Canipe from Northern Arizona University, Alisa Hove from Warren Wilson College, and Deborah Steinberger from the University of Deleware.

Mayim Bialik as the ‘Jeopardy!’ Tournament Host

Later this year, Mayim Bialik will host the brand new tournament. As of now, Bialik is splitting the hosting duties of “Jeopardy!” with popular star competitor Ken Jennings.

She hosted for three weeks. Last week, Jennings took over as host this week for his three weeks. Earlier this year, Bialik was selected to host different tournaments and special events of the trivia show. This happened when Mike Richards was selected as the full-time host. He was later fired as host and executive producer after his problematic history surfaced.

As of now, Bialik seems to be eager to share the stage with all the professors from across the country.

“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,” she said in a statement to Deadline.