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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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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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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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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: Achieving a Thriving Justice Ecosystem

April 20, 2017 Blog

What kinds of work do we recognize and value in academia, and what kinds do we ignore? This weekend’s reading addresses the emotional labor of the classroom, how introverted teachers risk burnout, and shifting the conversation from achieving diversity to achieving a thriving justice ecosystem.

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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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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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Imagine Otherwise: Vince Schleitwiler on New Directions for the Public Humanities & Afro–Asian Activist Coalitions

February 8, 2017 Podcast

Vince Schleitwiler talks about liberatory coalitions between Black and Asian communities, how the public humanities have shifted in the context of neoliberalism, and how contemporary activists draw inspiration from what he calls "the geography of the lost Afro-Asian century.”

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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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Imagine Otherwise: Zach McDowell on Open Access Publishing & Why “Information Wants to Be Free”

January 11, 2017 Podcast

Zach McDowell reviews the relationship between the open access movement and other social justice movements, how decreasing the “digital divide” isn’t the only thing needed for true media justice, and what it really means when people say “information wants to be free.”

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Imagine Otherwise: Jessie Daniels & Polly Thistlethwaite on Being a Scholar in the Digital Era & How Librarians Save Lives

December 28, 2016 Podcast

Jessie Daniels and Polly Thistlethwaite discuss why so many scholars who are interested in open access publishing are also social justice activists, and how those scholars and activists can expand public access to scholarship.

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2016 Year in Review

2016: Our Year in Review at Ideas on Fire

December 27, 2016 Blog

December is a time for reflection, when we look back at what has happened throughout the year and make plans for what we want in the new one. For us at Ideas on Fire, 2016 has been a whirlwind. Here we offer a brief "year in review" highlighting some of the most exciting things to come out of IoF in the last 12 months.

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Turn Your CV Into a Resume

How to Turn Your CV Into a Resume for Altac/Postac Jobs

December 6, 2016 Blog

If you’re seeking a career beyond the academy, turning your giant CV into a sharp and targeted resume is a great first step. Here’s how to craft a resume highlighting the skills you’ve developed in academia and shows why you are seeking an alternative academic or non-academic career.

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Weekend Reading: Careers Within and Beyond the Academy

November 3, 2016 Blog

This week we've been thinking about crafting a career within and beyond the academy with a PhD. Here are some resources on altac/postac careers, accessing resources when you've left the academy, and navigating the job market with a disability, and supporting a partner building their career.

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