Managing the End-of-Term Crunch with Energy to Spare - Stack of folders and papers
November 18, 2019

Managing the End-of-Term Crunch with Energy to Spare

Learn strategies to manage the end-of-term crunch with energy to spare, avoid burnout, and lay the groundwork for a relaxing and productive winter break.

How to Say No and Yes to Academic Service Requests - Wooden blocks forming arrows and a diverging path, implying decision-making
October 21, 2019

How to Say No and Yes to Academic Service Requests

Learn how to articulate academic service priorities to yourself and colleagues and say no and yes in ways that align with your values and support your career.

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August 19, 2019

Fostering Intellectual Community at Your Academic Workplace

Learn how to foster intellectual community in academic workplaces using reading and writing groups, engaging mentorship, and other strategies.

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July 31, 2019

Imagine Otherwise: Emilly Prado on Making Space for Creativity

Host Cathy Hannabach interviews journalist and educator Emilly Prado about writing across genre and Black and Brown artivism in Portland.

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July 15, 2019

Meet the New IoF Team Members!

We've been expanding our editing and indexing team here at Ideas on Fire. Meet the new developmental editors, copyeditors, and indexers.

How to Move to a New City (Again) and Settle In - House keys stuck in a front door
June 24, 2019

How to Move to a New City (Again) and Settle In

Learn how to move to a new city, settle in, and make any place feel like home—no matter how contingent the position or temporary the stay.

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June 11, 2019

The Brave New World of Remote Online Teaching

An overview of online remote teaching opportunities for PhDs seeking more flexibility and options in their teaching careers.

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May 8, 2019

Imagine Otherwise: Dennis Norris II on QTPOC Literary Worlds

Cathy Hannabach talks with author, editor, and podcast co-host Dennis Norris II about the writing process, making publishing more accessible, and difference as a source of strength.

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April 22, 2019

Resisting Academic Busyness and Taking Weekends Off

Strategies to avoid the siren song of academic busyness, preserve your time, and finally take those weekends off—for real.

Surviving Job Burnout in the Academy and Beyond - Stressed out person holding their head
March 25, 2019

Surviving Job Burnout in the Academy and Beyond

Strategies for surviving job burnout in the academy and beyond, including continuing on when you'd rather do just about anything else.

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March 11, 2019

A Farewell to Ibid.: Editing Endnotes and Footnotes at ACES

Part instructional session, part love letter to literature's favorite hangers-on. How to edit, use, and love footnotes and endnotes.

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February 18, 2019

Making Career Decisions in an Era of Uncertainty

How to make career decisions in an era of uncertainty and with limited information, and learn to live with those choices even as circumstances change.

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January 21, 2019

Academic Politics for New and Contingent Faculty

Help navigating academic politics for new and contingent faculty, including finding allies, trusting colleagues, and knowing when to stay out of it.

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November 21, 2018

Imagine Otherwise: Craig Santos Perez on a Decolonial and Demilitarized Pacific

Craig Santos Perez talks about poetry as a social justice practice, communal storytelling, and the movement for a decolonial and demilitarized Pacific.

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November 13, 2018

How to Put Your Interdisciplinary Training to Work in an Editing Career

Interdisciplinary scholars often make fantastic academic editors. Here’s how you can get started building an interdisciplinary editing career.

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October 24, 2018

Imagine Otherwise: Veronica Corzo-Duchardt on Art Between Worlds

Veronica Corzo-Duchardt talks about architectural surfaces, her research-based art practice, and the importance of intersectional creative collaboration.

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October 10, 2018

Imagine Otherwise: Imani Perry on Love as an Ethic

Feminist scholar Imani Perry discusses critiquing patriarchy, academic productivity and self-care, and her fierce commitment to personal and social ethics.

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September 18, 2018

Embracing Academic Seasonality and Rhythms

Embracing the seasonality of academic life can mean more creativity, productivity, and inspiration while also avoiding burnout.

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September 12, 2018

Imagine Otherwise: Francesca T. Royster on Writing Courageously

Professor and writer Francesca T. Royster discusses the queer afterlives of soul music, her formidable family histories, and the power of storytelling.

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August 15, 2018

Imagine Otherwise: Gayatri Gopinath on Queer Diasporic Aesthetics

Professor Gayatri Gopinath discusses queering visual culture, revolutionary diasporic aesthetics, and the importance of mentoring queer scholars of color.

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July 16, 2018

Finding and Seizing Career Opportunities Where You’re At

How to find and seize career opportunities related to teaching, writing, and mentorship to boost your career within or beyond academia.

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July 10, 2018

Staying Curious About Your Research to Stay Inspired

Intellectual curiosity brings us to our research, but it can get lost along the way. Here are some tips on how to stay curious about your research.

Tenure Review Is Like Accounting - Stacks of files
June 12, 2018

Tenure Review is Like Accounting, or Things I Wish I Had Known When I Started the Tenure Track

Prepping your materials for tenure review is time consuming and stressful. But it is much easier if you keep things organized as you go. Here's how.

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June 11, 2018

Moving Tips for Academics: Planning, Planning, Planning

One of the worst parts of academic life is the constant moving. Here are our moving tips for academics on how to make it as painless as possible.

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May 8, 2018

How to Ask for a Letter of Recommendation

How to ask for a letter of recommendation from a professor or employer: what to include, how far in advance to ask, and how to follow up.

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May 3, 2018

Cultural Studies Careers Workshop

Career mentorship for how to find cultural studies jobs, identifying industries and workplaces, write applications, and rock interviews.

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May 1, 2018

Planning Your Interdisciplinary Job Search

The interdisciplinary job search brings unique challenges and some pretty awesome opportunities. Learn how to plan a productive job search.

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April 30, 2018

Cultural Studies Careers: Becoming an Academic Editor

Professional training for one of the many cultural studies careers that let you harness your interdisciplinary superpower: academic editing.

April 26, 2018

Harness Your Interdisciplinary Superpower

Learn to harness your interdisciplinary superpower to connect with diverse communities, translate across difference, and build a vibrant career.

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April 24, 2018

Academic Conference Presentation Tips

Keep these academic conference presentation tips in mind to share your work with the clarity and confidence you need to connect to your audience.

Deciding Whether to Finish Your PhD - Person carrying a yellow bag standing at the crossroads between four paths surrounded by green grass
April 23, 2018

Deciding Whether or Not to Finish Your PhD

Learn how to actively choose whether to stay and finish your PhD or embark on your next adventure—and what to do once you've made your choice.

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April 16, 2018

Editing Careers: Breaking into Academic Editing

Academic editing is one of the most fun of the editing careers. Learn what makes academic different and how much specialization you need.