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December 6, 2019

Thank You to University Staff

Thank you to all the university department coordinators, procurement staff, vendor managers, and administrative assistants we've had the privilege of working with in 2019.

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December 3, 2019

Congrats to IoF Clients Who Published Books in 2019!

Client books in transgnder studies, cultural studies, art history, sound studies, political science, communication, queer theory, and more.

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November 18, 2019

Managing the End-of-Term Crunch with Energy to Spare

Learn strategies to manage the end-of-term crunch with energy to spare, avoid burnout, and lay the groundwork for a relaxing and productive winter break.

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

Learn how to articulate academic service priorities to yourself and colleagues and say no and yes in ways that align with your values and support your career.

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October 15, 2019

How to Clean and Organize Your Computer Desktop

Tips on how to organize your computer desktop, including building a file system that works for you, and utilizing your task bar and trash folder.

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September 16, 2019

Tips for Teaching toward Inclusive Excellence

Tips for teaching toward inclusive excellence, including writing the syllabus, planning the first day of class, and leading classroom discussions.

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August 20, 2019

Practical Strategies for Taking Notes

Practical techniques for taking notes that ensure you can find, understand, expand, and use them later in your various projects.

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August 19, 2019

Fostering Intellectual Community at Your Academic Workplace

Learn how to foster intellectual community in academic workplaces using reading and writing groups, engaging mentorship, and other strategies.

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August 6, 2019

Jumpstarting an Interdisciplinary Oral History Project

How to get started with interdisciplinary oral history, including researching formats, finding training, and critically reflecting on power dynamics.

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July 22, 2019

Writing a Student-Centered Syllabus that Saves You Time

Strategies to write a student-centered syllabus that also saves you time as an instructor—from day one until the end of the term.

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July 15, 2019

Meet the New IoF Team Members!

We've been expanding our editing and indexing team here at Ideas on Fire. Meet the new developmental editors, copyeditors, and indexers.

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June 25, 2019

The Benefits of Creative Writing

How creative writing techniques can deepen classroom discussions, improve academic texts, and expand your own scholarly thinking.

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June 24, 2019

How to Move to a New City (Again) and Settle In

Learn how to move to a new city, settle in, and make any place feel like home—no matter how contingent the position or temporary the stay.

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June 11, 2019

The Brave New World of Remote Online Teaching

An overview of online remote teaching opportunities for PhDs seeking more flexibility and options in their teaching careers.

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May 14, 2019

A Farewell to Ibid.: Editing Footnotes at ACES

Tips on editing footnotes and endnotes, helping authors decide between them, keeping up with citation style changes, and curbing overcitation.

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April 30, 2019

Mental Health in Academia: How Departments Can Support Faculty, Staff, and Students

Strategies and tactics for improving mental health in academia by providing resources to students, faculty, and staff and prioritizing wellness.

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April 22, 2019

Resisting Academic Busyness and Taking Weekends Off

Strategies to avoid the siren song of academic busyness, preserve your time, and finally take those weekends off—for real.

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March 25, 2019

Surviving Job Burnout in the Academy and Beyond

Strategies for surviving job burnout in the academy and beyond, including continuing on when you'd rather do just about anything else.

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March 19, 2019

Using Recursive Outlines for Writing

How to use recursive outlines for writing projects to keep your writing on track while also making room for your ideas to evolve.

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March 11, 2019

A Farewell to Ibid.: Editing Endnotes and Footnotes at ACES

Part instructional session, part love letter to literature's favorite hangers-on. How to edit, use, and love footnotes and endnotes.

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February 19, 2019

Teaching Students How to Use Archival Sources

How archival sources can enrich the learning experience and tips on creating assignments that show the political and intellectual stakes of the archive.

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February 18, 2019

Making Career Decisions in an Era of Uncertainty

How to make career decisions in an era of uncertainty and with limited information, and learn to live with those choices even as circumstances change.

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January 22, 2019

Daily Self-Care Practices for Your Wellness Routine

Easy daily self-care practices to treat yourself with kindness, move a little slower, and find comfort amidst your personal and professional lives.

Academic Politics for New & Contingent Faculty, blog - Icebergs in cold waters
January 21, 2019

Academic Politics for New and Contingent Faculty

Help navigating academic politics for new and contingent faculty, including finding allies, trusting colleagues, and knowing when to stay out of it.

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January 8, 2019

Why and How to Write a Book Review

How to write a book review that works for your own research and goals, as well as why scholars should write them to build intellectual community.

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December 17, 2018

Wellness for Academics, Scholars, and Other Cultural Workers

Wellness for academics, scholars, & cultural workers, including fitting exercise, healthy food, laughter, and joy into a busy schedule.

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November 19, 2018

Navigating Imposter Syndrome and Other Insecurities

Navigating imposter syndrome and other insecurities to regain confidence, free up mental space for work, and feel at home where you are.

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November 13, 2018

How to Put Your Interdisciplinary Training to Work in an Editing Career

Interdisciplinary scholars often make fantastic academic editors. Here’s how you can get started building an interdisciplinary editing career.

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October 30, 2018

5 Things Professional Book Indexers Wish Authors Knew

A great index is a work of art, helping readers find what they need. Here are 5 things professional book indexers wish authors knew about the process.

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October 16, 2018

Footnotes, Endnotes, and the Authorial Conversation

Whether poetic, snarky, informative, or scandalous, footnotes forge complex social bonds between readers, authors, and editors.

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September 24, 2018

Teaching Techniques to Save You Time and Energy

Teaching takes up as much time as we let it. But how do we save time without shortchanging students? Learn teaching techniques to save you time and energy.

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September 18, 2018

Embracing Academic Seasonality and Rhythms

Embracing the seasonality of academic life can mean more creativity, productivity, and inspiration while also avoiding burnout.

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September 10, 2018

Happy Peer Review Week! Love for Academic Publishing

Peer Review Week 2018 celebrates the importance of peer review in scholarly publishing and knowledge production.

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August 21, 2018

Dissertating While Parenting: Not Such a Contradiction

Finishing a dissertation while being a parent can be challenging. Here are strategies for getting research done while also spending time with your kids.

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August 13, 2018

Academic Inspiration: How to Get Re-Inspired by an Old Project

The passion for your research project is gone, taking your motivation with it. Learn how to get re-inspired by an old project to finish that book, dissertation, or article and jump-start new research.