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Finding the Right Publisher for Your First Book

November 7, 2017 Blog

Publishing your first book is both exciting and daunting. Working with the right publisher can make all the difference though. Here's how to identify the presses that can best help your first book to shine.

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Creating Passion Projects

October 31, 2017 Blog

Academic life is demanding on your time and resources, and even the most ardent scholars and activists feel like they’re running on empty sometimes. In the face of busyness and stress, true passion projects are a chance to reclaim your physical, emotional, and mental energy, not just one more thing added onto your plate.

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Turning Your Dissertation into a Book

October 30, 2017 Blog

Learn how to revise your dissertation into your first book, including finding a new frame for the project, how to identify your audiences and use them to guide the revision process, what needs to be cut and what needs to be added, and how you can construct that strong narrative arc necessary to turn it from a dissertation into a scholarly book.

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Open Access Publishing

October 24, 2017 Blog

Deciding where and how to publish our work is not easy. Open access publishing makes our work readable by everyone, for free, but does it "count?" How should we decide whether to publish in an open access journal, and what questions should we ask before we make that decision? Here's some advice from Ideas on Fire.

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Revising Seminar Papers into Publications

October 19, 2017 Blog

Writing seminar papers can feel like the busywork of graduate school, but they are a whole lot of work. Join us for this webinar to learn how to revise those papers into publishable work.

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Finding Non-Academic Mentors

October 17, 2017 Blog

Non-academic mentors bring a wealth of career expertise and life advice. Here's how to build and nurture the relationships that will sustain you in whatever careers you end up pursuing.

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Maintaining Friendships When Things Get Busy

October 10, 2017 Blog

Academia requires a lot of your time and attention. But making time for friendships can mean the difference between surviving and thriving. Here’s how to make sure the people who matter to you don’t fall off your radar.

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Building Your Professional Community

October 9, 2017 Blog

Building a diverse, professional community of colleagues is one of your key jobs in grad school, as networks and communities shape your career(s) much, much more than any publishing, teaching, or service will. Join us for this webinar and learn how to build yours.

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Before and After Conference Checklists

October 3, 2017 Blog

Conferences are a wonderful way to build professional community but can also be a bit overwhelming because there is a lot to keep track of between sessions, receptions, meetings, travel arrangements, and meals. Here are two checklists you can use to ensure you get the most out of your conference experience.

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Podcasting as Public Intellectualism

October 2, 2017 Blog

Podcasting allows hosts, scholars, audiences, activists, teachers, students, and broader communities to connect scholarly research to public conversations and contribute to new worlds. Learn how grad students, staff, and faculty can use podcasts for public intellectual work; the process of producing your own podcast; and the cultural politics of podcasting as independent, networked media.

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Teaching with Podcasts

September 19, 2017 Blog

Podcasts can help your students engage with course themes in new and more complex ways. Here are some ways you can integrate podcasts into your classroom as both scholarship and production assignments, as well as tips on how to ensure a great learning experience for everyone.

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Mapping Self-Care Into Your Semester Plan

September 12, 2017 Blog

Mapping self-care into your semester from the very beginning can help you find balance, prioritize rest, and cultivate your energy as you juggle community, work, health, and more. Here's how.

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Using Your Dissertation to Build a Non-Academic Career

September 11, 2017 Blog

Ideas on Fire has teamed up with Beyond the Professoriate to teach you how to use your dissertation to build a non-academic career. Come learn how to use your dissertation structure and topic to learn concrete skills relevant to careers beyond the academy, build the networks you need for your non-faculty career, and navigate the sometimes fraught position of being a PhD student who is actively seeking a non-academic career.

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Grad School Mentorship: Julia Jordan-Zachery, PhD

September 5, 2017 Blog

In our Rockstar coach series, we introduce you to the guides in our Grad School Rockstars community. This week, Dr. Julia Jordan-Zachery shares how she helps mentees identify what they really need, find their truths, and stay true to who they are regardless of their geographic location.

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Working Productively with an Editor

September 4, 2017 Blog

Join us for a free webinar about working with an editor. Learn when you should hire an editor for your book manuscript, how to decide which kind of editing you need, and how to best collaborate with your editor to create a fantastic interdisciplinary book.

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New IoF team members, Summer, Emma, & Christopher

Meet the New IoF Team Members: Summer McDonald, Emma Warnken Johnson, & Christopher Persaud

August 29, 2017 Blog

As you might have heard, we've been hiring lately here at Ideas on Fire. We're excited to welcome three new folks to the team and introduce you to Summer McDonald, Emma Warnken Johnson, and Christopher Persaud.

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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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Grad School Mentorship: 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

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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