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How to Say No and Yes to Academic Service Requests - Wooden blocks forming arrows and a diverging path, implying decision-making
October 21, 2019

How to Say No and Yes to Academic Service Requests

Academic service requirements are often unspoken and it's hard to know when and how to say no. This is especially true if you are new, contingent, or just starting the tenure track. Some people advise… Continue Reading

How to Clean and Organize Your Computer Desktop - Multicolored blocks with computer app icons, resting on a laptop keyboard
October 15, 2019

How to Clean and Organize Your Computer Desktop

A perpetually cluttered office can be a major source of stress, and digital clutter can have a similar effect. Your computer desktop is one of the first spaces you interact with when your work begins… Continue Reading

Peer Review Week 2019. Theme: Quality in Peer Review. September 16–20, 2019
September 17, 2019

Happy Peer Review Week 2019!

Happy Peer Review Week 2019! Today we kick off this annual celebration of the vital role peer reviews plays in scholarly knowledge production. As academic editors and indexers, the Ideas on Fire team knows how… Continue Reading

Teaching toward Inclusive Excellence - Blackboard with stack of books, top book is open
September 16, 2019

Tips for Teaching toward Inclusive Excellence

The phrase "inclusive excellence" is gaining purchase in academic settings, but what does it mean? Inclusive excellence asks us to make our classrooms welcoming spaces for all students where we can learn from diverse perspectives… Continue Reading

Practical Strategies for Taking Notes - Person takes notes by hand, with an open book, coffee cup, and laptop on the table
August 20, 2019

Practical Strategies for Taking Notes

Whether we do it on an app, in a planner, or with good old-fashioned pen and paper, taking notes is a task many of us in and around academia do nearly every day. Jotting down… Continue Reading

Fostering Intellectual Community at Your Academic Workplace - Group of women colleagues laughing and talking at a table, two are high-fiving each other
August 19, 2019

Fostering Intellectual Community at Your Academic Workplace

Academic workplaces naturally provide strong intellectual communities, right? Not so much. Many of us find that the intellectual (not to mention the community) gets lost in the sea of departmental politics, service obligations, and the… Continue Reading

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