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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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Self Care Beyond Relaxation

Self Care Beyond Relaxation

June 20, 2017 Blog

Some of the most helpful self-care practices might not immediately be recognizable as such, and may surprise you. From time management, to budgeting, to navigating the free resources available to you, recognizing self care as an approach to well-being that goes beyond relaxation can be incredibly empowering.

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Summer Teaching

Teaching During the Summer: Challenges & Opportunities

June 6, 2017 Blog

Teaching over the summer is a unique experience, even for veteran instructors. Things move fast, there is less institutional support, and what worked during other semesters might not resonate in a summer course. Here are our best strategies for a creating a positive, productive educational experience as the weather warms.

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IoF Team Favorites: Staying Motivated Over the Summer

May 30, 2017 Blog

Summer means time off, sunny skies, and visiting friends and loved ones. But summer can also be a time to get long-term research projects off the ground, hone teaching skills, or broach new creative and professional endeavors. Here are our strategies for staying motivated while also enjoying some self care.

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10 Self-Care Practices for the End of the Semester

May 9, 2017 Blog

The end of the semester is one of the busiest times on campus. Students are stressed about finals, faculty are buried in papers to grade, and administrators are finalizing plans for graduation and closing out the fiscal year. At this hectic time, a little strategic self care can go a long way.

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Managing Grading Without Getting Overwhelmed

May 2, 2017 Blog

Grading is one of the most challenging, thankless, and important parts of teaching. If the prospect of wading through a pile of papers exams feels more than a little daunting, we’ve got some helpful suggestions for staying on top of grading without getting overwhelmed.

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Open for summer enrollment: Grad School Rockstar Programs!

May 1, 2017 Blog

Grad school is a challenge; the pace is fast and expectations are high. It can be difficult to manage your day-to-day and big-picture goals and harder still to ask for help. Grad School Rockstars helps you build a thriving interdisciplinary, social justice-oriented career and life.

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Team Favorites, Inspiring Class

IoF Team Favorites: Most Inspiring Class

April 25, 2017 Blog

Feminist theory, Toni Morrison, utopias/dystopias, and more: The Ideas on Fire team shares the classes that have most inspired us. These are the courses that opened our eyes to something we'd never seen before or defined our trajectory in new ways. You never know when (or where) inspiration might strike...

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Setting Healthy Boundaries

Setting Healthy Boundaries in Academia

April 18, 2017 Blog

Setting boundaries is often noted as the first steps toward achieving work-life balance. But what constitute boundaries in the realm of academia, in grad school, in professional life writ large? And perhaps most importantly, how can you set and maintain healthy boundaries?

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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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Organizing Your Dissertation Chapters

Organizing Your Dissertation Chapters

March 27, 2017 Blog

You have an awesome dissertation topic. You’ve assembled your team of advisors. You’re even rocking the writing process. But how do you put it all together? Come learn how to organize your dissertation chapters—both big-scale (across the dissertation as a whole) and small-scale (within each chapter).

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Mentoring Series pt 3, Be a Good Mentee

Mentorship Series, Part 3: How To Be a Good Mentee

March 14, 2017 Blog

In Part 3 of our mentorship series, we tackle how to keep your new academic mentorship relationships strong over the long term by being a good mentee.

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Mentoring Series pt 2, Be Good Mentor

Mentorship Series, Part 2: How To Be a Good Mentor

March 7, 2017 Blog

In Part 2 of our mentorship series, we explain why progressive, interdisciplinary scholars should seek to be mentors and how to be the academic mentors we all wish we’d had.

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Working Well with Advisors

Working Well with Grad Advisors

March 6, 2017 Blog

Dissertations are group efforts. So how to find the right advisors for your grad school experience and your dissertation? And how to work with them well once you do? Come learn how to identify what you need and want, finding matches for your communication styles, and troubleshooting sticky advising situations.

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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: (Real) Inclusivity and Accessibility

February 24, 2017 Blog

How can we approach inclusivity and accessibility in tangible ways? How can we build communities within and around academic spaces that are supportive not just in theory but also in practice? Here are some powerful reads on accessibility, navigating personal and professional relationships in academia, and grounding activism in history.

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Early Dissertation Planning

Early Dissertation Planning + Where to Start

February 3, 2017 Blog

Congratulations—you passed your qualifying exams, and now you get to write your dissertation! But where to start? Join us to learn. From mapping out the dissertation to selecting which chapter to write first and crafting a writing routine, you will come away with effective strategies for planning your dissertation.

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Weekend Reading: Learning to Listen

February 2, 2017 Blog

This week, we've been reading about the importance of listening to and connecting with ourselves and each other. Scholarship is not and should not be be a singular pursuit, but rather one enriched by communication and collaboration.

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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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