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Navigating Academic Conferences webinar

Navigating Academic Conferences

July 24, 2017 Blog

Conferences are the backbone of academic community building. But what are you supposed to actually do there? Learn how to build your professional network through academic conferences, manage your energy levels and nerves, get productive feedback on your work, and avoid going broke in the process.

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Writing a Kick-Ass Conference Abstract

July 18, 2017 Blog

Brief genres of writing like the conference abstract pose particular challenges. How do you effectively cram all your research, theories, and ideas into a few hundred words? How can you meaningfully convey that your work is worthy of a larger platform? Here’s how to make your conference abstracts shine.

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Weekend Reading: Going Deep

July 13, 2017 Blog

Academic life and the careers you can develop with a PhD are anything but one-size-fits-all. Unexpected relationships and unforeseen challenges regularly emerge, and sometimes to thrive, you need to look beneath the surface.

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Networking & Informational Interviews

Networking and Informational Interviews

July 11, 2017 Blog

Informational interviews are a great way to learn about a new industry you don’t have direct experience in, what the next step is beyond your current position, and how to build a postac/altac career beyond he academy. Here's how to make them work for you.

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Weekend Reading: Mental Health in Academia

June 29, 2017 Blog

Academic life requires a considerable amount of emotional and psychological labor, but the academic conversation on mental health lags woefully behind. From mentorship to teaching to managing burnout, our readings this weekend address the mental health crisis in academia.

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Crafting Your Altac/Postac Narrative

June 27, 2017 Blog

There's so much you can do with a PhD. But the story you tell about where you've been and where you're going is crucial when seeking a non-academic job. Here’s how to demonstrate your unique skillset to varied audiences, engage them with your passion, and explain what's united your work.

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Writing Syllabi That Work

Writing Syllabi That Work

June 21, 2017 Blog

What goes into a good syllabus? Is writing a syllabus for a class you’re teaching different from writing a syllabus for a job application? What’s the balance between two much or too little information? And how can your syllabi help you build a multifaceted career both within and beyond academia?

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Weekend Reading: Practicing What We Preach

May 25, 2017 Blog

How can the lessons of graduate school help us in the world beyond the academy? Our weekend reading has us reflecting on the intersection of scholarly life, professionalism and the lived practice of social justice.

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Workshop for Cultural Studies Job Seekers

May 5, 2017 Blog

In this hands-on workshop, participants will hear from academic as well as non-academic employers and learn strategies for navigating their job searches. Ideas on Fire will share how cultural studies scholars can build diverse, exciting careers beyond the academy and best match their skillset to careers in various industries.

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Public Speaking for Non-Performers

April 24, 2017 Blog

Sharing your work in diverse public venues is a key part of being an engaged, relevant scholar today. Come learn strategies for rocking your teaching, conference, and public presentations from someone who has put his performance background to work in academia: Terry K. Park.

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Weekend Reading: Refusals

April 13, 2017 Blog

Refusal—to offer your time and labor, to accept superficial diversity efforts, or to hide work behind a paywall—should be recognized as both a necessity and a right. Weekend reads on parenting in academia, the myth of flexibility, setting boundaries, and diversity in higher education.

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Writing Letters of Recommendation

Writing Letters of Recommendation for Students

April 11, 2017 Blog

If you’re an instructor at any level (even while you’re in grad school) you’ll be asked to write a recommendation letter for a student. If you’re new to the practice, not sure how to approach it, or unsure about whether you can honestly endorse the student, where do you begin?

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Weekend Reading: What Comes After We Get the Job?

April 6, 2017 Blog

Our weekend reading this week has us considering not just the challenges of landing an academic job, but also the challenges that come after, as early-career faculty navigate the complicated landscape of higher education.

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Prepping for an Altac Postac Career

Prepping for an Altac or Postac Career

April 4, 2017 Blog

Thinking about life beyond the tenure track? Here we offer concrete advice for preparing your postac (post-academic) or altac (alternative academic) careers.

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Prepping for an Altac Postac Career

Prepping Your Altac/Postac Career in Grad School

April 3, 2017 Blog

Universities usually provide professional training for tenure-track careers, but few end up in those positions. So what about everyone else? Come learn from Jennifer Polk and Alexandra Sastre how to use graduate school to develop the skills, networks, and vision needed to build careers beyond the tenure track.

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Weekend Reading: Wellness and Creativity

March 23, 2017 Blog

This weekend reading edition gathers pieces that reflect on how to better address wellness across all stages of academic life. It also points you to some uplifting, thought-provoking work by Latinx and queer voices to spark your creativity and community-building.

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Weekend Reading: Intersectionality, Love, and Resistance

March 2, 2017 Blog

Our reading list for this unseasonably warm weekend brings together reflections on doing scholarly work as women of color, creativity at the intersection of activism and academia, and how the twin forces of love and resistance can help sustain us in trying times.

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Mentoring Series pt 1, Find a Good Mentor

Mentorship Series, Part 1: How to Find a Good Mentor

February 28, 2017 Blog

Academia can be an isolating place, and building strong mentoring relationships can shape your graduate school and early faculty experience as well as impact the overall course of your career. In Part 1 of our mentorship series, we share the ins and outs of how to find a good mentor to help you navigate academia's challenges.

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Weekend Reading: Professionalization and Diversity

February 9, 2017 Blog

This week we've gathered some great reads bridging issues of professionalization and diversity that provide tangible steps on how to set yourself up for academic and non-academic job markets as well as address the importance of centering intersectionality in career discussions.

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Building Your Professional Website

Building Your Professional Academic Website

January 31, 2017 Blog

The start of a new year is a great time to finally build your professional academic website. Your professional website services as a central hub for information about you and your projects. Here are tips on how to build an academic website that showcases your awesome work.

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