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Imagine Otherwise: Aileen Suzara on Filipino Food Activism and Eco-Education

November 1, 2017 Podcast

Chef and eco-educator Aileen Suzara discusses her journey into professional cooking, the familial stories she has uncovered connecting land to community and memory, the important role of Filipino farmers in the sustainability movement, and how Filipino cooks and farmers across the diaspora are creating some tasty ways to imagine otherwise.

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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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Imagine Otherwise: Adeline Koh on Feminist Entrepreneurship and Self-Care

October 4, 2017 Podcast

Adeline Koh discusses her journey from tenured English professor to entrepreneur, how she puts her postcolonial feminist training to work at her company Sabbatical Beauty, and the challenges and surprises of settling into a new life as a business owner.

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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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Breaking the Ice with Your Students

August 29, 2017 Blog

What to do on the first day of class to ensure a great semester? Here are some tips for how to get students engaged and comfortable from the first day.

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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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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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Weekend Reading: Emotional Labor in the Academy

May 18, 2017 Blog

Academics are getting better at talking openly about the intellectual and physical work academia demands. But the requisite emotional labor is often more difficult to identify and manage. As we finally name the mental health crisis in higher education, our latest weekend reading reflects on its invisible emotional terrain.

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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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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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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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Imagine Otherwise: Karen Jaime on Queer Puerto Rican Slam Poetry & the Classroom as Performance Space

April 5, 2017 Podcast

Karen Jaime chats about NYC queer and trans* Puerto Rican poets, how masculine-of-center and butch professors can use the classroom as an artistic/activist space, how poets paradoxically use language to bust through language barriers, and why queer and trans artists of color turn to multimedia work for social justice.

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Weekend Reading: Accessibility in Academia

March 16, 2017 Blog

For this latest edition of our weekend reading, we’ve gathered posts that explore tangible steps we can take to make academia more accessible and push back against the structural inequalities that make time-management and goal-setting especially difficult for anyone who isn’t able-bodied, white, cisgender, or wealthy.

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Mentorship Series, Part 3: How To Be a Good Mentee

March 14, 2017 Blog

In Part 3 of our mentorship series, we tackle how to keep your new academic mentorship relationships strong over the long term by being a good mentee.

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Mentorship Series, Part 2: How To Be a Good Mentor

March 7, 2017 Blog

In Part 2 of our mentorship series, we explain why progressive, interdisciplinary scholars should seek to be mentors and how to be the academic mentors we all wish we’d had.

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Mentoring Series pt 1, Find a Good Mentor

Mentorship Series, Part 1: How to Find a Good Mentor

February 28, 2017 Blog

Academia can be an isolating place, and building strong mentoring relationships can shape your graduate school and early faculty experience as well as impact the overall course of your career. In Part 1 of our mentorship series, we share the ins and outs of how to find a good mentor to help you navigate academia's challenges.

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