Easy daily self-care practices to treat yourself with kindness, move a little slower, and find comfort amidst your personal and professional lives.
How to lead a great discussion section as a teaching assistant that ensures your students better grasp the material, feel comfortable asking questions, and learn to think critically about the world around them.
When you're feeling overwhelmed, a giant "reset" isn't always possible. Here are some small changes you can make to refresh your routine and help you feel more relaxed and ready to take on your writing, research, teaching, and service tasks.
No matter how organized you are, things tend to pile up at the end of the semester. Here are some surprisingly simple suggestions for how to stay on top of your workload.
In the face of busyness and stress, passion projects are a chance to reclaim your physical, emotional, and mental energy.
Academia requires a lot of your time and attention. But making time for friendships can mean the difference between surviving and thriving. Here’s how to make sure the people who matter to you don’t fall off your radar.
Mapping self-care into your plan before, during, and after the semester can help you find balance, prioritize rest, and cultivate your energy.
What to do on the first day of class to ensure a great semester? Here are some classroom icebreakers that get students engaged and comfortable.
In our Rockstar coach series, we introduce you to the guides in our Grad School Rockstars community. This week, Dr. Kate Drabinski discusses carving a unique path from within the one you're on, biking as an act of bonding, and resisting the urge to hide behind being busy.
What does embracing different perspectives, seeing things from a new angle, and imagining otherwise actually look like? What does it take to do more than talk about diversity, inclusion, and transformation? Our readings this weekend ask those questions--and propose some powerful answers.
What constitutes failure, and why are we so afraid of it? Our weekend reading asks us to consider how not reaching goals might in fact be an opportunity to reevaluate their worth, to forge a new and more worthy beginning. Failure reframed can become growth and making our own rules.
On the importance of diverse mentors, restless summer breaks, and the groundbreaking work of Chicanx feminist artist Yreina D. Cervántez.
A guide for interdisciplinary scholars on how to best distill your research, theories, and ideas into a conference abstract or proposal.
Our readings this weekend urge us to consider, challenge, and resist the boundaries set by academia. They push us to recognize that setting boundaries as an act of resistance, and remind us that even the most revered boundary in academia—tenure—is not always what we imagine it to be.
The Ideas on Fire team LOVES to read. Here are some of our all-time favorite novels and other literature that make us see the world differently.
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.
How interdisciplinary scholars can create a compelling career narrative to build their altac (alternative academic) or postac (post-academic) career.
A lot of academic life is focused on individual achievement. Consequently, a lot of advice for excelling in higher ed is grounded in knowing yourself—and how you work—better. What would academia look like if it focused on and valued relationships as much as individuals?
Imagining otherwise means engaging critically with (and seeing beyond) our current reality. Our reading for this weekend collects pieces that ask us to shift our viewpoints, listen better, open ourselves up to the unexpected, and rethink what we mean by (and how we practice) inclusivity.
Summer is a great time to explore scholarship outside your area or that is otherwise new to you. We decided to highlight some favorite scholars, people who are doing great work. Here are some of the scholars, academics, public figures, and all-around cool people who should be on your radar.
Resilience is more than endurance; how we recover, grieve, and exist “despite” it all matters. Our reading this weekend urges us, through different means and approaches, to shift away from plowing through all that happens “in the meantime,” and see life in the interstices.
Things to keep in mind as you approach your summer teaching and our best strategies for a creating a positive, productive educational experience.
Arts-based and community-based research provides robust data and publishing opportunities, meaningful resources to communities, and experimentation in artistry.
The most difficult part of academic life is pulling back and reflecting on the "why" of it all. Why are we working so frantically, and within systems that often erase and dehumanize people of color, queer people, women, and those of us with disabilities? Whose expectations are our efforts serving?
Our favorite ways to stay motivated over the summer, including how scholars can get their projects done while also taking a much-needed rest.
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.
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.
Our weekend reading excavates the hidden labor—largely of women, LGBTQIA people, people of color, and other marginalized groups—that sustain the very spaces up for public debate. It also examines strategies for surviving the inevitably politicized space of academia.
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.
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.
How to write a letter of recommendation for a student, including figure out whether you can honestly endorse them, where to begin, and how to follow up.