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Breaking the Ice with Your Students

August 29, 2017 Blog

What to do on the first day of class to ensure a great semester? Here are some tips for how to get students engaged and comfortable from the first day.

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You Can Do More Than Survive Grad School—You Can Rock It

August 28, 2017 Blog

Get the accountability, guidance, and support you need to rock your dissertation, grad school, and interdisciplinary career. Membership in our Grad School Rockstars mentorship community is now open for Fall 2017.

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Get to Know Your Rockstar Coaches: Kate Drabinski, PhD

August 22, 2017 Blog

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.

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Rock Your First Semester of Grad School webinar

Rock Your First Semester of Grad School

August 21, 2017 Blog

Come learn how to set up systems for time and energy management, manage the tons of writing you’ll do as a grad student, build a strong support community of friends and mentors, learn about and prepare for diverse careers within and beyond the academy, prioritize your health and happiness, and set yourself up to rock your time in grad school.

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Grad School Rockstars Coaches, Terry K Park

Get to Know Your Rockstar Coaches: Terry Park, PhD

August 15, 2017 Blog

In our Rockstar coach series, we introduce you to the guides in our Grad School Rockstars community. This week, Dr. Terry K. Park talks about on building community through careful listening, and how good mentorship is driven by patience and compassion—on both sides.

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Grad School Rockstars coach, Cathy Hannabach

Get To Know Your Rockstar Coaches: Cathy Hannabach, PhD

August 8, 2017 Blog

In our Rockstar coach series, we introduce you to the guides in our Grad School Rockstars community. First up: Dr. Cathy Hannabach, who reflects on her career journey, her passion for collaboration, and helping others figure out what makes them tick.

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Weekend Reading: Diversity, Inclusivity, and Transformation

August 3, 2017 Blog

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.

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IoF Team Favorites: Films to Teach

August 1, 2017 Blog

A great film can spark discussion and animate your classroom. Whether you're teaching a course in ethnic studies or queer theory, giving your students the opportunity to engage with an audiovisual text can shift their thinking, and push your pedagogy in new directions. Here are our favorite films to teach.

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Weekend Reading: On Failure

July 27, 2017 Blog

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.

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Writing for Non-Academic Audiences

Writing for Non-Academic Audiences

July 25, 2017 Blog

Want your work to make an impact on the world? Looking to engage in conversations beyond your discipline or university? Public writing has the potential to spark change and to better the world we live in. Learn how to make your work accessible to diverse, non-academic audiences.

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Navigating Academic Conferences webinar

Navigating Academic Conferences

July 24, 2017 Blog

Conferences are the backbone of academic community building. But what are you supposed to actually do there? Learn how to build your professional network through academic conferences, manage your energy levels and nerves, get productive feedback on your work, and avoid going broke in the process.

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Weekend Reading: Shaking Things Up

July 20, 2017 Blog

On the importance of diverse mentors, restless summer breaks, and the groundbreaking work of Chicanx feminist artist Yreina D. Cervántez.

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Writing a Kick-Ass Conference Abstract

July 18, 2017 Blog

Brief genres of writing like the conference abstract pose particular challenges. How do you effectively cram all your research, theories, and ideas into a few hundred words? How can you meaningfully convey that your work is worthy of a larger platform? Here’s how to make your conference abstracts shine.

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Weekend Reading: Going Deep

July 13, 2017 Blog

Academic life and the careers you can develop with a PhD are anything but one-size-fits-all. Unexpected relationships and unforeseen challenges regularly emerge, and sometimes to thrive, you need to look beneath the surface.

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Networking & Informational Interviews

Networking and Informational Interviews

July 11, 2017 Blog

Informational interviews are a great way to learn about a new industry you don’t have direct experience in, what the next step is beyond your current position, and how to build a postac/altac career beyond the academy. Here's how to make them work for you.

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Weekend Reading: Boundaries, Boundaries, Boundaries

July 6, 2017 Blog

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.

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IoF Team Favorites: All-Time Favorite Piece of Literature

July 4, 2017 Blog

Great literature inspires you, challenges you, mirrors you, and urges you to see beyond yourself. We read with purpose in academic life, but pleasure reading can also prompt us to forge new connections, think in new directions and imagine otherwise.

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Weekend Reading: Mental Health in Academia

June 29, 2017 Blog

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.

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Crafting Your Altac/Postac Narrative

June 27, 2017 Blog

There's so much you can do with a PhD. But the story you tell about where you've been and where you're going is crucial when seeking a non-academic job. Here’s how to demonstrate your unique skillset to varied audiences, engage them with your passion, and explain what's united your work.

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Weekend Reading: Making Relationships Matter

June 22, 2017 Blog

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?

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