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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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Writing Syllabi That Work

Writing Syllabi That Work

June 21, 2017 Blog

What goes into a good syllabus? Is writing a syllabus for a class you’re teaching different from writing a syllabus for a job application? What’s the balance between two much or too little information? And how can your syllabi help you build a multifaceted career both within and beyond academia?

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Self Care Beyond Relaxation

Self-Care Beyond Relaxation

June 20, 2017 Blog

Some of the most helpful self-care practices might not immediately be recognizable as such, and may surprise you. From time management, to budgeting, to navigating the free resources available to you, recognizing self-
care as an approach to well-being that goes beyond relaxation can be incredibly empowering.

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Weekend Reading: Thinking Beyond Our Current System

June 15, 2017 Blog

Imagining otherwise means engaging critically with (and seeing beyond) our current reality.
Our reading for this weekend collects pieces that ask us to shift our viewpoints, listen better, open ourselves up to the unexpected, and rethink what we mean by (and how we practice) inclusivity.

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IoF Team Favorites: Summer Scholar Spotlight

June 13, 2017 Blog

Summer is a great time to explore scholarship outside your area or that is otherwise new to you. We decided to highlight some favorite scholars, people who are doing great work. Here are some of the scholars, academics, public figures, and all-around cool people who should be on your radar.

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Weekend Reading: On Not Just “Powering Through”

June 8, 2017 Blog

Resilience is more than endurance; how we recover, grieve, and exist “despite” it all matters. Our reading this weekend urges us, through different means and approaches, to shift away from plowing through all that happens “in the meantime,” and see life in the interstices.

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Summer Teaching

Teaching During the Summer: Challenges & Opportunities

June 6, 2017 Blog

Teaching over the summer is a unique experience, even for veteran instructors. Things move fast, there is less institutional support, and what worked during other semesters might not resonate in a summer course. Here are our best strategies for a creating a positive, productive educational experience as the weather warms.

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Art and Community-Based Research with Aymar Jean Christian

June 5, 2017 Blog

Universities and non-profits are increasingly asking scholars to craft interdisciplinary research with greater public impact and student involvement. Come learn how to draft arts- and community-based projects that provide robust data for publications, community resources, artistic experimentation, and the possibility for critique in both method and theory.

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Weekend Reading: The Importance of Reflection

June 1, 2017 Blog

The most difficult part of academic life is pulling back and reflecting on the "why" of it all. Why are we working so frantically, and within systems that often erase and dehumanize people of color, queer people, women, and those of us with disabilities? Whose expectations are our efforts serving?

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Writing for NonAcademic Audiences webinar

Writing for Non-Academic Audiences (the webinar)

May 30, 2017 Blog

Rockstar Coach Kate Drabinski will share the power of public writing, what it entails, and how it can help us in our careers. Join us to learn what happens (and how to handle) when our public writing gets read, and even how to get paid for our words!

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IoF Team Favorites: Staying Motivated Over the Summer

May 30, 2017 Blog

Summer means time off, sunny skies, and visiting friends and loved ones. But summer can also be a time to get long-term research projects off the ground, hone teaching skills, or broach new creative and professional endeavors. Here are our strategies for staying motivated while also enjoying some self-care.

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Weekend Reading: Practicing What We Preach

May 25, 2017 Blog

How can the lessons of graduate school help us in the world beyond the academy? Our weekend reading has us reflecting on the intersection of scholarly life, professionalism and the lived practice of social justice.

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What to Do with Reviewer Comments pt 2

What to Do with Reviewer Comments, Part 2

May 23, 2017 Blog

You’ve got reviewer comments back on your academic book or article. How do you decide which ones to incorporate? In this second installment of our two-part series on reviewer comments, we talk you through how to read the sometimes conflicting advice reviewers give on manuscripts and how to decide which reviewer suggestions to follow.

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Staying Motivated Over the Summer

Staying Motivated Over the Summer (the webinar)

May 22, 2017 Blog

Summer vacation! Your grading is done, seminars have ended, conference season is winding down, and committee meetings are abating. You’re excited to tackle your big writing projects, but already feel the pull of summer sun and fun. Come learn how to get your projects done while also enjoying the season.

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Weekend Reading: Emotional Labor in the Academy

May 18, 2017 Blog

Academics are getting better at talking openly about the intellectual and physical work academia demands. But the requisite emotional labor is often more difficult to identify and manage. As we finally name the mental health crisis in higher education, our latest weekend reading reflects on its invisible emotional terrain.

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