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April 6, 2017

Weekend Reading: What Comes After We Get the Job?

Readings on how as early-career faculty can navigate the complicated landscape of higher education careers.

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April 4, 2017

Building Your Post-ac, Non-ac, or Alt-ac Career

How doctoral students can use their degree to prepare themselves for post-ac, non-ac, or alt-ac careers in a variety of industries.

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April 3, 2017

Prepping for Alt-ac or Post-ac Careers in Graduate School

How to prepare for alt-ac or post-ac careers while in graduate school: using your dissertation, building networks, and learning on the job.

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March 30, 2017

Weekend Reading: Boundary Setting

Readings on boundaries: who gets to set them, who must respect them, and who is afforded the privilege of saying no in the first place.

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March 23, 2017

Weekend Reading: Wellness and Creativity

This weekend reading edition gathers pieces that reflect on how to better address wellness across all stages of academic life.

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March 21, 2017

Ideas on Fire’s Favorite Blogs We Read for Fun

Our favorite blogs we read for fun on queer of color fashion, art, biking, mindfulness, comics, and popular culture.

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March 16, 2017

Weekend Reading: Accessibility in Academia

Readings on how to make academia more accessible and push back against the structural inequalities embedded in it.

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March 9, 2017

Weekend Reading: The Power of Storytelling

Resources on the stories we tell, narrative challenges, and importance of representation in building a more equitable world.

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March 2, 2017

Weekend Reading: Intersectionality, Love, and Resistance

Readings on doing scholarly work as women of color and creativity at the intersection of activism and academia.

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February 28, 2017

Academic Mentoring: How to Find a Good Mentor

Academic mentorship can be vital to thriving in graduate school and faculty life. Here's how to find a good mentor to guide you in your career path.

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February 24, 2017

Weekend Reading: (Real) Inclusivity and Accessibility

Powerful reads on accessibility, navigating personal and professional relationships in academia, and grounding activism in history.

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February 21, 2017

Ideas on Fire’s Favorite Books on Writing

Our favorite books on writing: the writing guides that help us think critically, move us, and embolden us to imagine otherwise.

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February 16, 2017

Weekend Reading: Teaching and Pedagogy

Weekend reads on the work we do in the classroom and what it means to support students in a truly intersectional way.

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February 14, 2017

A Beginners Guide to Mindfulness in Academia

How can we practice mindfulness amidst the hustle and bustle of academic life? Start with focusing your attention on where you are right now and how you’re feeling.

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February 9, 2017

Weekend Reading: Professionalization and Diversity

Readings on approaching academic and nonacademic jobs and the importance of centering intersectionality in career discussions.

February 7, 2017

Trigger Warnings and Safe Spaces: Reflections and Strategies

Lately, there's been much ado about trigger warnings. Some have argued that they are a crucial to establish a safe, accessible classrooms for diverse students; others have framed them as a threat to educational integrity. But what exactly are trigger warnings and how can they foster safe(r) spaces of learning?

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February 2, 2017

Weekend Reading: Learning to Listen

Readings about the importance of listening to and connecting with ourselves and each other through collaboration.

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January 26, 2017

Weekend Reading: Building Community in Trying Times

Resources on finding community, assuring the safety of those marginalized, and garnering the strength to keep moving (and writing).

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January 24, 2017

Fostering Dynamic Classroom Discussions

Practical tips for dynamic classroom discussions, including how to encourage communication and create a supportive classroom environment for learning.

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January 19, 2017

Weekend Reading: Academic Activism

Compelling recent reads on activism in the academy and its relationship to our communities, labor, and self-care.

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January 12, 2017

Weekend Reading: Becoming a Better Teacher

Teaching resources on how to prepare for classes, set boundaries in the classroom, and manage student expectations.

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January 10, 2017

Writing Routines and Rituals to Get Those Projects Done

How to fold writing into your daily life through writing routines and rituals that fit where, when, and how you think and write best.

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January 3, 2017

Ideas on Fire’s Favorite Podcasts 2017

A great podcast episode can teach you something and inspire you endlessly. Here are our favorite podcasts for 2017.

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December 22, 2016

Weekend Reading: Structural Inequality in Academia

Resources on knowing how to step back and care for ourselves so we have the energy for social justice work.

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December 20, 2016

Ideas on Fire’s Favorite De-Stressing Rituals

Our favorite de-stressing, self-care rituals to take a breath, wind down, and come back to what brings you joy at the end of a busy semester.

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December 16, 2016

Weekend Reading: Beyond Productivity

Readings about reflecting on how life is now increasingly at odds with academic work, and what we can do to guide and support ourselves.

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December 8, 2016

Weekend Reading: Supporting Students, Staff, and Faculty in Divisive Times

Practical tips to fulfill the research, writing, and productivity expectations that come with academic work.

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December 6, 2016

How to Turn Your CV into a Resume for Non-Academic Jobs

How to convert a CV into a resume highlighting the valuable skills you’ve developed in academia and your fit for diverse jobs.

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December 4, 2016

Self-Care at the End of the Semester

Self care strategies to build intellectual and spiritual community, shape a creative practice, and navigate the emotional ups and downs of academic life.

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November 29, 2016

Ideas on Fire’s Recent Great Reads

What we've been reading at Ideas on Fire lately: novels, non-fiction, comics, poetry, and short stories we love.

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November 24, 2016

Weekend Reading: Thanksgiving Edition

Readings on how to teach, write, work, support, and resist in precarious times.

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November 17, 2016

Weekend Reading: Post-Election Reads

Readings on strategies for mobilizing, ways to care for ourselves and navigate grief, and reflections on how we got here.

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November 10, 2016

Weekend Reading: Creativity and Care

Readings about creative spaces and practices and challenging the antithetical relationship between capitalism and self-care.

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November 3, 2016

Weekend Reading: Careers Within and Beyond the Academy

Readings about altac/postac careers, accessing resources when you've left the academy, and navigating the job market with a disability.

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November 1, 2016

Brainstorming: Where to Begin When Lacking Inspiration

Interdisciplinary research requires a tremendous amount of creativity, mess and play, especially in its early stages. Here's how to start brainstorming.

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October 27, 2016

Weekend Reading: “Mesearch” and the Politics of Privilege

Readings on the structural realities of the classroom, what's missing from the current discourse on self-care, and positionality in "mesearch."

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October 20, 2016

Weekend Reading: The Pedagogy of Politics

Readings on the pedagogy of politics in a divisive election year and progressive approaches to sexual education.

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October 13, 2016

Weekend Reading: Disability, Labor, and the Pros/Cons of the Tenure Track

Readings on disability, vulnerability and labor issues in academia and approaches to obtaining a job as an assistant professor.

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September 26, 2016

Finding a Work Space Where You Can Thrive

How to find and use a great work space that gives you energy, inspiration, and the conditions you need to do your best work.

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