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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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Weekend Reading: Emotional Labor in the Academy

May 18, 2017 Blog

Academics are getting better at talking openly about the intellectual and physical work academia demands. But the requisite emotional labor is often more difficult to identify and manage. As we finally name the mental health crisis in higher education, our latest weekend reading reflects on its invisible emotional terrain.

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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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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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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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Imagine Otherwise: Karen Jaime on Queer Puerto Rican Slam Poetry & the Classroom as Performance Space

April 5, 2017 Podcast

Karen Jaime chats about NYC queer and trans* Puerto Rican poets, how masculine-of-center and butch professors can use the classroom as an artistic/activist space, how poets paradoxically use language to bust through language barriers, and why queer and trans artists of color turn to multimedia work for social justice.

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Weekend Reading: Accessibility in Academia

March 16, 2017 Blog

For this latest edition of our weekend reading, we’ve gathered posts that explore tangible steps we can take to make academia more accessible and push back against the structural inequalities that make time-management and goal-setting especially difficult for anyone who isn’t able-bodied, white, cisgender, or wealthy.

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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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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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