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Weekend Reading: Creativity and Care

November 10, 2016 Blog

This week, we’ve been considering how to cultivate creativity and care, two things that can get lost in the academic shuffle. We’ve been reading about creative spaces and practices, challenging the antithetical relationship between capitalism and self-care, and tips for how to share our work in different formats.

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Tips for Being a Good Podcast Guest

Tips for Being a Great Podcast Guest

November 8, 2016 Blog

Podcasts are a fantastic way for authors, artists, and cultural workers to get the word out about their work, market their books, and connect with new audiences. Here are our best tips on how to be a good podcast guest or how to best prepare for a podcast interview.

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Weekend Reading: Careers Within and Beyond the Academy

November 3, 2016 Blog

This week we've been thinking about crafting a career within and beyond the academy with a PhD. Here are some resources on altac/postac careers, accessing resources when you've left the academy, and navigating the job market with a disability, and supporting a partner building their career.

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Brainstorming

Brainstorming: Where to Begin When Lacking Inspiration

November 1, 2016 Blog

Research requires creativity, mess, and play, especially in its early stages. It takes effort to cultivate ingenuity, especially if you are undertaking progressive, interdisciplinary work. So what can we do when we are lacking inspiration? Here are some brainstorming tips to get the wheels turning.

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Weekend Reading: “Mesearch” and the Politics of Privilege

October 27, 2016 Blog

This week, our reading list has us considering the structural realities of the classroom, what's missing from the current discourse on self-care, positionality in "mesearch," and useful tips both for writing and promoting what you've written.

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Organizing Digital Resources

Organizing and Accessing Your Digital Resources

October 25, 2016 Blog

Popular culture often represents the stereotype of messy professor offices with piles of papers and books about to fall over, But most of the stuff we accumulate these days is digital: articles, pdfs, videos, websites, images, and audio files. So how do we keep track of all that stuff?

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Weekend Reading: The Pedagogy of Politics

October 20, 2016 Blog

This week, we’re thinking about the pedagogy of politics in a divisive election year and progressive approaches to sexual education in the midst of a national discussion on rape culture. We’ve also been reflecting on the practice and purpose of self-care,for women of color and other marginalized groups.

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On Sale Now: Book Marketing for Academics

October 19, 2016 Blog

You conceptualized, researched, wrote, edited, and published an academic book that has the potential to have a huge impact on the world. But to have that impact, your book needs to get into the hands of the right people. Book Marketing for Academics teaches you how to do just that.

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Book Marketing, Social Media Plan

Book Marketing: Creating Your Social Media Plan

October 18, 2016 Blog

Most authors know they should be promoting their book on social media. But what does that actually mean? And how do you do it effectively? Good social media marketing begins with a plan. An excerpt from Cathy Hannabach’s new publication Book Marketing for Academics.

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Weekend Reading: Disability, Labor, and the Pros/Cons of the Tenure Track

October 13, 2016 Blog

This week, our weekend reads have us reflecting on disability, vulnerability and labor issues in academia, approaches to obtaining a job as an assistant professor, and the pros and cons to staying on the tenure track at all.

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Book Marketing, Audience & Author PLatform

Book Marketing: Audience & Author Platform

October 10, 2016 Blog

Your author platform is what gets your book noticed, sold, and used by your ideal audience—and every book needs a specific audience. Here’s how you can identify your audience and build your author platform. An excerpt from Cathy Hannabach’s new publication Book Marketing for Academics.

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Finding a Work Space Where You Can Thrive

Finding a Work Space Where You Can Thrive

September 26, 2016 Blog

The place where we work—whether it be an office, library, or our kitchen table while our kid or partner sleeps—influences what we produce. Here’s how to find (or create) a work space where you can thrive.

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Apps to Boost Time Mgmt

Apps to Boost your Time Management and Productivity

September 15, 2016 Blog

As an interdisciplinary academic, you have a ton of stuff to do. Finding apps that help you do that stuff can often be the difference between feeling overwhelmed and feeling on top of things. This week we share our favorite apps and tools for writing, time management, scheduling, and email.

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Survive First Semester Grad School

How to Survive Your First Semester of Grad School

August 18, 2016 Blog

Welcome to academia! Grad school provides fantastic opportunities to develop your professional skills, connect with smart and passionate scholars, and build a multifaceted career. Here’s how you can rock your first semester and set yourself up for a great grad school experience.

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How to Make the Most of the Last Month of Summer

How to Make the Most of the Last Month of Summer

August 3, 2016 Blog

Many academics dread August 1—it means that classes, committees, and department meetings are starting soon. But it is also a great opportunity to revisit summer goals, evaluate your work spaces and writing routine, and make decisions that ensure you rock this final month of summer and the academic year.

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Choosing References for Postac Altac Job Search

How to Choose References for a Postac/Altac Job Search

July 22, 2016 Blog

If you’re in academia, you’ve probably gotten some advice on how to pick great references who can recommend you for a faculty job. But what about those jobs you’re applying for that are not faculty jobs? How do you go about finding great references for your altac/postac job search?

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Prepping for Qualifying Exams

Prepping for Your Qualifying Exams (Beyond Studying)

July 6, 2016 Blog

Your comprehensive or qualifying exams are coming up, and you have your study system mapped out. But what about everything else? Here are some ways to prep in advance so that by the time your exams roll around you are rested, in control of your schedule, and ready to work.

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Have a Happy Productive Travel Season

How to Have a Happy, Productive Travel Season

June 23, 2016 Blog

Academics travel quite a bit. We travel for conferences, archival research, ethnographic interviews and fieldwork, lectures we give, summer institutes, and job talks. Travel interrupts our usual routines, as we don’t have access to our regular resources and schedules. So how can we get the most out of our travel?

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Punch Up Your Academic Writing with Storytelling

How to Punch Up Your Academic Writing with Storytelling

June 9, 2016 Blog

Academic writing often gets the bad rap of being tedious and dry. Storytelling often gets the bad rap of being fluffy and only for children (or, alternatively, only appropriate for ethnography). Let’s change the narrative on storytelling in academic writing, shall we?

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Performance Tactics

Performance Tactics to Make Your Academic Presentation Shine

May 25, 2016 Blog

As academics, we constantly perform—in classrooms, at conferences, and as job talks. In other words, we constantly perform. Yet, academia tends to treat knowledge production as a disembodied act. Not all of us are natural or trained performers, but all of us can improve our ability to perform.

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