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Using Your Diss for NonAc Career

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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Get to Know Your Rockstar Coaches: 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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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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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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Rockstar coach, Kate

Get to Know Your Rockstar Coaches: 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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Grad School Rockstars Coaches, Terry K Park

Get to Know Your Rockstar Coaches: Terry Park, PhD

August 15, 2017 Blog

In our Rockstar coach series, we introduce you to the guides in our Grad School Rockstars community. This week, Dr. Terry K. Park talks about on building community through careful listening, and how good mentorship is driven by patience and compassion—on both sides.

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Grad School Rockstars coach, Cathy Hannabach

Get To Know Your Rockstar Coaches: Cathy Hannabach, PhD

August 8, 2017 Blog

In our Rockstar coach series, we introduce you to the guides in our Grad School Rockstars community. First up: Dr. Cathy Hannabach, who reflects on her career journey, her passion for collaboration, and helping others figure out what makes them tick.

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Navigating Academic Conferences webinar

Navigating Academic Conferences

July 24, 2017 Blog

Conferences are the backbone of academic community building. But what are you supposed to actually do there? Learn how to build your professional network through academic conferences, manage your energy levels and nerves, get productive feedback on your work, and avoid going broke in the process.

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Writing a Kick-Ass Conference Abstract

July 18, 2017 Blog

Brief genres of writing like the conference abstract pose particular challenges. How do you effectively cram all your research, theories, and ideas into a few hundred words? How can you meaningfully convey that your work is worthy of a larger platform? Here’s how to make your conference abstracts shine.

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Weekend Reading: Going Deep

July 13, 2017 Blog

Academic life and the careers you can develop with a PhD are anything but one-size-fits-all. Unexpected relationships and unforeseen challenges regularly emerge, and sometimes to thrive, you need to look beneath the surface.

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Networking & Informational Interviews

Networking and Informational Interviews

July 11, 2017 Blog

Informational interviews are a great way to learn about a new industry you don’t have direct experience in, what the next step is beyond your current position, and how to build a postac/altac career beyond the academy. Here's how to make them work for you.

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Weekend Reading: Mental Health in Academia

June 29, 2017 Blog

Academic life requires a considerable amount of emotional and psychological labor, but the academic conversation on mental health lags woefully behind. From mentorship to teaching to managing burnout, our readings this weekend address the mental health crisis in academia.

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Crafting Your Altac/Postac Narrative

June 27, 2017 Blog

There's so much you can do with a PhD. But the story you tell about where you've been and where you're going is crucial when seeking a non-academic job. Here’s how to demonstrate your unique skillset to varied audiences, engage them with your passion, and explain what's united your work.

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Writing Syllabi That Work

Writing Syllabi That Work

June 21, 2017 Blog

What goes into a good syllabus? Is writing a syllabus for a class you’re teaching different from writing a syllabus for a job application? What’s the balance between two much or too little information? And how can your syllabi help you build a multifaceted career both within and beyond academia?

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Weekend Reading: Practicing What We Preach

May 25, 2017 Blog

How can the lessons of graduate school help us in the world beyond the academy? Our weekend reading has us reflecting on the intersection of scholarly life, professionalism and the lived practice of social justice.

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Workshop for Cultural Studies Job Seekers

May 5, 2017 Blog

In this hands-on workshop, participants will hear from academic as well as non-academic employers and learn strategies for navigating their job searches. Ideas on Fire will share how cultural studies scholars can build diverse, exciting careers beyond the academy and best match their skillset to careers in various industries.

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Public Speaking for Non-Performers

April 24, 2017 Blog

Sharing your work in diverse public venues is a key part of being an engaged, relevant scholar today. Come learn strategies for rocking your teaching, conference, and public presentations from someone who has put his performance background to work in academia: Terry K. Park.

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Weekend Reading: Achieving a Thriving Justice Ecosystem

April 20, 2017 Blog

What kinds of work do we recognize and value in academia, and what kinds do we ignore? This weekend’s reading addresses the emotional labor of the classroom, how introverted teachers risk burnout, and shifting the conversation from achieving diversity to achieving a thriving justice ecosystem.

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Weekend Reading: Refusals

April 13, 2017 Blog

Refusal—to offer your time and labor, to accept superficial diversity efforts, or to hide work behind a paywall—should be recognized as both a necessity and a right. Weekend reads on parenting in academia, the myth of flexibility, setting boundaries, and diversity in higher education.

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Writing Letters of Recommendation

Writing Letters of Recommendation for Students

April 11, 2017 Blog

If you’re an instructor at any level (even while you’re in grad school) you’ll be asked to write a recommendation letter for a student. If you’re new to the practice, not sure how to approach it, or unsure about whether you can honestly endorse the student, where do you begin?

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