Graduate School Resources for Interdisciplinary Academics
Write and finish your dissertation, create self-care systems, avoid burnout, and put your PhD to work
Learn how to navigate the inevitable waves of rejection that accompany academic life—including rejections from publishers and editors, possible mentors, fellowships, and jobs—as well as how to decide what role rejection will play in your decisions about work and life.
How to find the right dissertation committee members and advisors for your grad school experience and how to work with them well once you do.
Tips on navigating academic conferences: build a career network, manage your energy levels, get feedback on your work, and avoid going broke in the process.
Dissertation writing tips on organization: what goes in each chapter, what order things need to appear in, and how to create a strong narrative arc.
Summer is a great time to get a lot of work done, but getting it done happens better with a plan. Here's how to set reasonable goals and balance them with the rest and vacation necessary for meeting them.
Even if you have a favorite or a not-so-favorite part of the year, embracing the seasonality of academic life can mean more creativity, productivity, and inspiration for those projects while also helping you prioritize self-care and avoid burnout.
How to prepare in advance so that by the time your qualifying exams roll around you are feeling rested, in control of your schedule, and ready to work.
Non-academic mentors bring a wealth of career expertise and life advice. Here's how to build and nurture those relationships regardless of your career path.
Being a good mentee doesn't just mean saying yes all the time or following every piece of advice. Learn how to keep your academic mentoring relationships strong over the long term.
Mapping self-care into your plan before, during, and after the semester can help you find balance, prioritize rest, and cultivate your energy.
Rejection is never fun. But understanding how conference and journal article rejection works lets you give your research the best chance possible.
How to lead a great discussion section as a teaching assistant that ensures your students better grasp the material, feel comfortable asking questions, and learn to think critically about the world around them.
Things to keep in mind as you approach your summer teaching and our best strategies for a creating a positive, productive educational experience.
Help navigating academic politics for new and contingent faculty, including finding allies, trusting colleagues, and knowing when (and how) to stay out of it.
Finishing a dissertation while being a parent can be challenging. Here are strategies for getting research done while also spending time with your kids.