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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 webinar

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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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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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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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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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 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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