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Ideas on Fire Blog

Articles on publishing, writing, teaching, careers, and public engagement

Refreshing Your Courses - Professor records a video lecture
August 12, 2020

Refreshing Your Courses to Avoid Burning Out

Teaching the same (or similar) courses repeatedly has its benefits and burdens. One common perspective is that doing so saves energy for other, more institutionally valued responsibilities such as publishing. In department lingo, teaching an… Continue Reading

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August 4, 2020

Preparing for Fall, the Pandemic Edition

Happy August folks! This month we’re all gearing up for a fall semester like no other, and we have a month of articles, courses, podcast episodes, and videos to help you traverse this new terrain.… Continue Reading

Reviewing Your Book's Index Draft - Index for Bonnie Ruberg and Adrienne Shaw's book Queer Game Studies, in front of a stack of books
July 24, 2020

You Got Your Book’s Index Draft Back—Now What?

Working with a professional indexer is one of the best ways to ensure readers can navigate and use your book well. When your indexer sends you that first draft, it can be thrilling to see… Continue Reading

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July 1, 2020

Imagine Otherwise is back in August

Thanks for rolling with the Imagine Otherwise podcast crew as we take July off to rest and recharge. The show is coming back in August with a set of awesome episodes featuring scholars, artists, and… Continue Reading

How I'm Writing During the Pandemic - Red quill pen in ink well
July 1, 2020

How I’m Writing During the Pandemic

My already limited capacity for writing has fluctuated a lot since early March. When COVID-19 closures began, I put writing projects on hold to better support myself and others with the direct consequences of a… Continue Reading

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June 15, 2020

Public Engagement and Impact: Course Enrollment is Open!

We're excited to let you know that our newest online course, Public Engagement and Impact, is now open for enrollment! Most of us started higher education careers because we wanted to make a difference—we wanted… Continue Reading

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