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Junior Faculty Collaborations: Part 1, Finding Collaborators

February 13, 2018 Blog

Academic collaborations can help you meet your career goals if approached right. Learn how to choose the best partners to work with on projects.

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Mentoring Students Pursuing Non-Academic Careers

February 6, 2018 Blog

Mentorship is incredibly important for both mentor and mentee. How can you mentor students seeking non-academic careers, especially if you lack experience outside the academy yourself?

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2017: Our Year in Review

December 19, 2017 Blog

2017 was an exciting year at Ideas on Fire. Learn about our 2017 accomplishments, including 4 new team members, 79 articles, 70 client projects, 27 podcast episodes, 23 webinars, and more!

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Imagine Otherwise: Yaba Blay on Everyday Black Girl Magic

December 13, 2017 Podcast

Cultural producer Yaba Blay talks about how beauty culture and colorism shape her publicly engaged approach to scholarship, how being an insider/outsider in the academy allows one to enact broad social change, the importance of meeting students where they’re at, and how her celebration of everyday #BlackGirlMagic is how she imagines otherwise.

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Organizational Tips to Get You Through the End of the Semester

November 28, 2017 Blog

No matter how organized you are, things tend to pile up at the end of the semester. In the era of bullet journals, Google calendars, spreadsheets, and phone apps, here are some surprisingly simple suggestions for how to stay on top of your workload.

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Dealing with Rejection

November 22, 2017 Blog

Learn how to navigate the inevitable waves of rejection that accompany academic life—including rejections from publishers and editors, possible mentors, fellowships, postdocs, and jobs—as well as how to decide what role rejection will play in your decisions about work and life.

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Turning Your Dissertation into a Book

October 30, 2017 Blog

Learn how to revise your dissertation into your first book, including finding a new frame for the project, how to identify your audiences and use them to guide the revision process, what needs to be cut and what needs to be added, and how you can construct that strong narrative arc necessary to turn it from a dissertation into a scholarly book.

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Finding Non-Academic Mentors

October 17, 2017 Blog

Non-academic mentors bring a wealth of career expertise and life advice. Here's how to build and nurture the relationships that will sustain you in whatever careers you end up pursuing.

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Building Your Professional Community

October 9, 2017 Blog

Building a diverse, professional community of colleagues is one of your key jobs in grad school, as networks and communities shape your career(s) much, much more than any publishing, teaching, or service will. Join us for this webinar and learn how to build yours.

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Before and After Conference Checklists

October 3, 2017 Blog

Conferences are a wonderful way to build professional community but can also be a bit overwhelming because there is a lot to keep track of between sessions, receptions, meetings, travel arrangements, and meals. Here are two checklists you can use to ensure you get the most out of your conference experience.

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Podcasting as Public Intellectualism

October 2, 2017 Blog

Podcasting allows hosts, scholars, audiences, activists, teachers, students, and broader communities to connect scholarly research to public conversations and contribute to new worlds. Learn how grad students, staff, and faculty can use podcasts for public intellectual work; the process of producing your own podcast; and the cultural politics of podcasting as independent, networked media.

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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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Grad School Mentorship: 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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Grad School Mentorship: 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 Mentorship: 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 Mentorship: 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 how she helps others figure out what makes them tick.

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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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