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Mapping Self-Care Into Your Semester Plan

September 12, 2017 Blog

Mapping self-care into your semester from the very beginning can help you find balance, prioritize rest, and cultivate your energy as you juggle community, work, health, and more. Here's how.

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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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Working w an Editor, rescheduled

Working Productively with an Editor

September 4, 2017 Blog

Join us for a free webinar about working with an editor. Learn when you should hire an editor for your book manuscript, how to decide which kind of editing you need, and how to best collaborate with your editor to create a fantastic interdisciplinary book.

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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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Imagine Otherwise: Shanté Paradigm Smalls on Hip Hop’s Queer Aesthetics and Shambhala Buddhist Meditation

August 23, 2017 Podcast

Shanté Paradigm Smalls discusses their journey with Shambhala Buddhist Meditation, their research on the queer collision of race, gender, and sexuality in hip hop culture, building a critical practice around embodiment, and how working towards an enlightened society is critical to how they imagine otherwise.

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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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Rock Your First Semester of Grad School webinar

Rock Your First Semester of Grad School

August 21, 2017 Blog

Come learn how to set up systems for time and energy management, manage the tons of writing you’ll do as a grad student, build a strong support community of friends and mentors, learn about and prepare for diverse careers within and beyond the academy, prioritize your health and happiness, and set yourself up to rock your time in grad school.

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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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Self Care Beyond Relaxation

Self-Care Beyond Relaxation

June 20, 2017 Blog

Some of the most helpful self-care practices might not immediately be recognizable as such, and may surprise you. From time management, to budgeting, to navigating the free resources available to you, recognizing self-
care as an approach to well-being that goes beyond relaxation can be incredibly empowering.

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Summer Teaching

Teaching During the Summer: Challenges & Opportunities

June 6, 2017 Blog

Teaching over the summer is a unique experience, even for veteran instructors. Things move fast, there is less institutional support, and what worked during other semesters might not resonate in a summer course. Here are our best strategies for a creating a positive, productive educational experience as the weather warms.

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IoF Team Favorites: Staying Motivated Over the Summer

May 30, 2017 Blog

Summer means time off, sunny skies, and visiting friends and loved ones. But summer can also be a time to get long-term research projects off the ground, hone teaching skills, or broach new creative and professional endeavors. Here are our strategies for staying motivated while also enjoying some self-care.

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10 Self-Care Practices for the End of the Semester

May 9, 2017 Blog

The end of the semester is one of the busiest times on campus. Students are stressed about finals, faculty are buried in papers to grade, and administrators are finalizing plans for graduation and closing out the fiscal year. At this hectic time, a little strategic self-care can go a long way.

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Managing Grading Without Getting Overwhelmed

May 2, 2017 Blog

Grading is one of the most challenging, thankless, and important parts of teaching. If the prospect of wading through a pile of papers exams feels more than a little daunting, we’ve got some helpful suggestions for staying on top of grading without getting overwhelmed.

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Team Favorites, Inspiring Class

IoF Team Favorites: Most Inspiring Class

April 25, 2017 Blog

Feminist theory, Toni Morrison, utopias/dystopias, and more: The Ideas on Fire team shares the classes that have most inspired us. These are the courses that opened our eyes to something we'd never seen before or defined our trajectory in new ways. You never know when (or where) inspiration might strike...

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Setting Healthy Boundaries

Setting Healthy Boundaries in Academia

April 18, 2017 Blog

Setting boundaries is often noted as the first steps toward achieving work-life balance. But what constitute boundaries in the realm of academia, in grad school, in professional life writ large? And perhaps most importantly, how can you set and maintain healthy boundaries?

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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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Organizing Your Dissertation Chapters

Organizing Your Dissertation Chapters

March 27, 2017 Blog

You have an awesome dissertation topic. You’ve assembled your team of advisors. You’re even rocking the writing process. But how do you put it all together? Come learn how to organize your dissertation chapters—both big-scale (across the dissertation as a whole) and small-scale (within each chapter).

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