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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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Best Podcasts for Interdisciplinary Academics

Best Podcasts for Interdisciplinary Academics

May 11, 2016 Blog

Whether you're new to podcasts, or are a seasoned podcast listener, finding great podcasts can sometimes be challenging. Ideas on Fire has you covered. Here is our list of awesome podcasts for social justice-oriented interdisciplinary academics like yourself.

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Make It Work, Doing Cultural Studies Beyond the Academy session at 2016 Cultural Studies Association Conference

Make It Work: Doing Cultural Studies Beyond the Academy

May 3, 2016 Blog

Some of us work at nonprofits. Some of us run our own businesses. Some of us produce podcasts and digital magazines. Some of us are contingent faculty. Although we're differently positioned in relation to the neoliberal university, postac/altac folks are putting our cultural studies training to work in versatile and fulfilling ways.

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Trim Down an Article

How to Trim Down a Chapter/Article that is Too Long

April 21, 2016 Blog

Meeting word or page count requirements in scholarly writing can be difficult. But part of being a professional academic and a good writer is knowing how to edit. Below are several ways you can trim down a piece of writing to make a stronger argument and a clearer text.

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Beyond the Professoriate Conference 2016

Beyond the Professoriate: Postac, Altac, and Nonac Careers

April 8, 2016 Blog

Join Ideas on Fire at the 2016 Beyond the Professoriate conference, a virtual conference for PhDs in career transition. During this two-day online event, attendees will hear from doctoral-degree holders who successfully transitioned to work beyond the professoriate and learn job search strategies from career education professionals.

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Rock Your Semester workshop about Road Maps and Writing Routines, University of Pittsburgh

Rock Your Semester: Road Maps and Writing Routines

March 3, 2016 Blog

Are you writing your dissertation but struggling to make daily progress? Do you want to prioritize your dissertation but can’t find the time? In this workshop you’ll develop a personalized, comprehensive road map and writing routine for your projects so you know where you’re headed and how to get there.

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Bay Area Rockstar Program Happy Hour

Bay Area Rockstar Happy Hour: Celebrate Your Successes

September 3, 2015 Blog

Come join Ideas on Fire president Cathy Hannabach and junior editor Michelle Velasquez-Potts for a rockstar reunion! If you're a current, former, or future Grad School Rockstar Program participant, come on by to hang out and let us know what you're up to.

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Rock Your Dissertation workshop on Writing Routines, led by Cathy Hannabach

How to Rock Your Dissertation: Writing Routines

September 3, 2015 Blog

Do you struggle to keep up with the never-ending deluge of academic responsibilities while also building community and practicing self-care? Come learn tactics to rock your interdisciplinary grad school experience. Come learn the habits and techniques that provide you the spark needed to think, teach, write, and collectively build the world you want.

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Thrive Like Studs workshop on Cultural Studies and Postac Altac Careers

Thrive Like Studs: Cultural Studies + Postac/Altac Careers

June 1, 2015 Blog

We invite current and graduated UC Davis Cultural Studies folks to join us for an online summit to learn about altac/postac careers and lives for Cult Studs. This is a chance to hear what postac/altac CST alums are doing, explore new ways to use your CST training, and learn about the vibrant life beyond the tenure-track.

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Four Editors and Paragraph panel, part of Drexel University's Week of Writing

Four Editors and a Paragraph: Week of Writing

April 27, 2015 Blog

Apart from differences in content, writing across newspapers, magazines, and books tends to be consistent in style and mechanics because of professional editing. Watch the editors on this panel as they describe and justify their edited versions of the same text.

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