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Weekend Reading: Becoming a Better Teacher

January 12, 2017 Blog

Teaching is at once a huge responsibility and one of the most maligned tasks in higher education. It is incredibly difficult but instructors are rarely given extensive guidance. So as the semester begins, we’ve been thinking and reading a lot about teaching: how to prepare, set boundaries and manage expectations.

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Establishing a Regular Writing Practice

January 10, 2017 Blog

More than just sitting down at the computer, writing regularly is a skill involving time management, creativity, self-awareness, and discipline. Cultivating a writing practice that works for you is challenging but achievable. Here are some targeted tips for how to regularly fold writing into your life.

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IoF Team Favorites: Podcasts

January 3, 2017 Blog

At Ideas on Fire, we know the value of a good podcast. A great episode can teach you something, expose you to exciting work, and inspire you. Here are our recommendations for some great podcasts that have entertained us, relaxed us, educated us, and sparked our creativity.

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Mapping Your Semester, Spring Version

January 2, 2017 Blog

Do you start off the semester with big ideas and energy, but struggle to keep that momentum? Ideas and energy alone aren’t enough for the projects we tackle as academics. You need a comprehensive and holistic road map showing you where you’re going and how you’re going to get there.

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2016: Our Year in Review

December 27, 2016 Blog

December is a time for reflection, when we look back at what has happened throughout the year and make plans for what we want in the new one. For us at Ideas on Fire, 2016 has been a whirlwind. Here we offer a brief "year in review" highlighting some of the most exciting things to come out of IoF in the last 12 months.

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Weekend Reading: Structural Inequality in Academia

December 22, 2016 Blog

In an age when educators are under tremendous pressure, we need to encourage, not hide from, engagement with difficult topics. Part of this work is also knowing how to step back and care for ourselves so we can be healthy enough, to get up each day promote a safer and more just world.

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IoF Team Favorites: De-Stressing Rituals

December 20, 2016 Blog

The holidays and end of the semester can be both restful and stressful. As the days get shorter and the semester comes to an end, self-care is crucial. Here are our favorite de-stress rituals, in the hopes that you have a happy and healthy new year!

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Weekend Reading: Beyond Productivity

December 16, 2016 Blog

As the semester comes to an end, we tend to reflect on productivity. But our reading this week reflects on how life is now increasingly at odds with academic work, and what we can do to guide and support ourselves and each other in the face of the untenable.

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Structuring Your Dissertation or Next Book

December 13, 2016 Blog

You’re sitting on pages and pages of notes, potential outlines, and paragraphs on various topics but have yet to find the big, overarching structure or framework that ties all that stuff together into a cohesive manuscript. Here’s how to create a framework for your book or dissertation.

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Weekend Reading: Supporting Students, Staff, and Faculty in Divisive Times

December 8, 2016 Blog

This week, we've been reading practical tips to fulfill the research, writing, and productivity expectations that come with academic work. But alongside these resources, we've also come across vital guidance on how to actualize diversity in our workplace, and how to support students, staff, and faculty in divisive times.

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How to Turn Your CV Into a Resume for Altac/Postac Jobs

December 6, 2016 Blog

If you’re seeking a career beyond the academy, turning your giant CV into a sharp and targeted resume is a great first step. Here’s how to craft a resume highlighting the skills you’ve developed in academia and shows why you are seeking an alternative academic or non-academic career.

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Self-Care at the End of the Semester

December 4, 2016 Blog

How do we build bridges of care across work, community, and the self? Come discover exercises to build intellectual and spiritual community, shape a grounded creative practice, and navigate the emotional ups and downs of academic life without becoming overwhelmed.

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Weekend Reading: Recommitting to Activism

December 1, 2016 Blog

Today is World AIDS Day when we ACT UP, fight back, and fight AIDS. We also mourn those we have lost, a mourning disproportionately borne by marginalized communities. This week, we're reading about ways to recommit to diversity, activist scholarship, and teaching while also caring for ourselves and each other.

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IoF Team Favorites: Our Recent Reads

November 29, 2016 Blog

We’ve been reading some awesome books lately (in addition to our clients’ books, of course). Here are our recommendations for recent novels and memoirs about science fiction, queer femme and transgender parenting, intergenerational masculinities, diaspora, racial/ethnic identity, and kids fighting monsters.

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Weekend Reading: Thanksgiving Edition

November 24, 2016 Blog

In a time of fear and uncertainty, we need to acknowledge that this holiday is steeped in colonial erasures that are not relegated to a distant past, but alive in our US present. This week, we grapple with how to teach, write, work, support, and resist in precarious times.

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How to Travel Well on an Academic Budget

November 22, 2016 Blog

Academics travel A LOT. Here are some tricks to save money and have fun, while navigating academic travel as racialized and gendered bodies in the world.

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Weekend Reading: Post-Election Reads

November 17, 2016 Blog

This has been a hell of a week. Those of us committed to progressive activism within and beyond academia know that amplifying marginalized peoples’ voices is especially crucial. Our reading list captures strategies for mobilizing, ways to care for ourselves and navigate grief, and reflections on how we got here.

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What Now? Resources for Survival and Organizing

November 15, 2016 Blog

We are reeling from this election result. But we won’t stop working for a different world, a better world. We who created these movements for racial justice, anticolonial self-determination, and gender and sexual justice know that other worlds are possible. We’ve built them before. We’ll keep building them. Every day, in every way we can.

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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 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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