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Managing the End-of-Term Crunch with Energy to Spare - Stack of folders and papers
November 18, 2019

Managing the End-of-Term Crunch with Energy to Spare

The end of the semester is always a crush of meetings, frantic students, grading, deadlines, and all the stuff that got pushed to the last minute. It can be overwhelming and the stress can do… Continue Reading

How to Say No and Yes to Academic Service Requests - Wooden blocks forming arrows and a diverging path, implying decision-making
October 21, 2019

How to Say No and Yes to Academic Service Requests

Academic service requirements are often unspoken and it's hard to know when and how to say no. This is especially true if you are new, contingent, or just starting the tenure track. Some people advise… Continue Reading

Teaching toward Inclusive Excellence - Blackboard with stack of books, top book is open
September 16, 2019

Tips for Teaching toward Inclusive Excellence

The phrase "inclusive excellence" is gaining purchase in academic settings, but what does it mean? Inclusive excellence asks us to make our classrooms welcoming spaces for all students where we can learn from diverse perspectives… Continue Reading

Fostering Intellectual Community at Your Academic Workplace - Group of women colleagues laughing and talking at a table, two are high-fiving each other
August 19, 2019

Fostering Intellectual Community at Your Academic Workplace

Academic workplaces naturally provide strong intellectual communities, right? Not so much. Many of us find that the intellectual (not to mention the community) gets lost in the sea of departmental politics, service obligations, and the… Continue Reading

Writing a Student-Centered Syllabus that Saves You Time - Books and a tablet on a classroom desk
July 22, 2019

Writing a Student-Centered Syllabus that Saves You Time

The trend toward student-centered learning is pedagogically sound, but it can also be incredibly time consuming for instructors. It takes time to consider the needs of individual students, plan activities that facilitate their independent work,… Continue Reading

Diversity, Plain Language, and Scholarship at Editors Canada - Abstract closeup on meta grate with sunlight filtering through
July 9, 2019

Diversity, Plain Language, and Scholarship at Editors Canada 2019

Editors from across Canada (and around the world) gathered in Halifax, Nova Scotia on a beautiful weekend last month for the annual Editors Canada conference. The gathering marked the 40th anniversary of the organization. Here… Continue Reading

How to Move to a New City (Again) and Settle In - House keys stuck in a front door
June 24, 2019

How to Move to a New City (Again) and Settle In

The job market is scary for many academics and not just because it is challenging to land a job at all. The vagaries of the market can mean years of moving from contingent position to… Continue Reading

Your Public Voice - Multicolored books on shelves. Text reads: Dismantle Magazine presents an online workshop co-sponsored by Ideas on Fire on Your Public Voice. July 8–31, 2019"
June 7, 2019

Your Public Voice: An Online Writing Workshop by Dismantle Magazine

Ideas on Fire is excited to co-sponsor an exciting workshop by Dismantle Magazine on how scholars can build their public scholarship profile, engage a wider and more diverse audience than just fellow academics, and (gasp!)… Continue Reading

Community-Engaged Scholarship - Group of students with laptops, books, and phones in front of a transit map
May 20, 2019

How to Do Meaningful Community-Engaged Scholarship and Teaching

Community-engaged scholarship and teaching can be incredibly rewarding. It gets us out of our offices and classrooms and into our communities. Our work finds new audiences, shapes and is shaped by our neighbors, and feels… Continue Reading

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