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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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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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Weekend Reading: Boundaries, Boundaries, Boundaries

July 6, 2017 Blog

Our readings this weekend urge us to consider, challenge, and resist the boundaries set by academia. They push us to recognize that setting boundaries as an act of resistance, and remind us that even the most revered boundary in academia—tenure—is not always what we imagine it to be.

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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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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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Weekend Reading: On Not Just “Powering Through”

June 8, 2017 Blog

Resilience is more than endurance; how we recover, grieve, and exist “despite” it all matters. Our reading this weekend urges us, through different means and approaches, to shift away from plowing through all that happens “in the meantime,” and see life in the interstices.

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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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Staying Motivated Over the Summer

Staying Motivated Over the Summer (the webinar)

May 22, 2017 Blog

Summer vacation! Your grading is done, seminars have ended, conference season is winding down, and committee meetings are abating. You’re excited to tackle your big writing projects, but already feel the pull of summer sun and fun. Come learn how to get your projects done while also enjoying the season.

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Weekend Reading: On Silences

May 11, 2017 Blog

Weekend reads on academia's silences—what remains unsaid, the open secrets, and the problematically taboo—and how we can better address reproductive labor, mental health, and true intersectionality.

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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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Weekend Reading: Achieving a Thriving Justice Ecosystem

April 20, 2017 Blog

What kinds of work do we recognize and value in academia, and what kinds do we ignore? This weekend’s reading addresses the emotional labor of the classroom, how introverted teachers risk burnout, and shifting the conversation from achieving diversity to achieving a thriving justice ecosystem.

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Weekend Reading: What Comes After We Get the Job?

April 6, 2017 Blog

Our weekend reading this week has us considering not just the challenges of landing an academic job, but also the challenges that come after, as early-career faculty navigate the complicated landscape of higher education.

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Weekend Reading: Boundary Setting

March 30, 2017 Blog

Is the ability to set boundaries (that are respected, rather than dismissed) a privilege? This week we're reading about the question of boundaries: who gets to set them, who must respect them, and who is afforded the privilege of saying no in the first place.

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Imagine Otherwise: E Patrick Johnson on Oral History, Black Gay Men, & Creativity Rituals

March 22, 2017 Podcast

E. Patrick Johnson shares his creative process, how he translates scholarly ideas into artistic work and vice versa, how Black gay men and women are crafting community-based oral histories, and how artistic and scholarly collaboration is a key way he imagines otherwise.

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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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Working Well with Advisors

Working Well with Grad Advisors

March 6, 2017 Blog

Dissertations are group efforts. So how to find the right advisors for your grad school experience and your dissertation? And how to work with them well once you do? Come learn how to identify what you need and want, finding matches for your communication styles, and troubleshooting sticky advising situations.

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Early Dissertation Planning

Early Dissertation Planning + Where to Start

February 3, 2017 Blog

Congratulations—you passed your qualifying exams, and now you get to write your dissertation! But where to start? Join us to learn. From mapping out the dissertation to selecting which chapter to write first and crafting a writing routine, you will come away with effective strategies for planning your dissertation.

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