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Beating the Mid-Semester Slump

February 16, 2018 Blog

Semesters often start with big goals and plans to reach them. And then the semester gets in the way, and we can find ourselves falling behind and losing steam. Learn how to keep the mid-semester slump from derailing those semester plans.  

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Setting Your Writing Routine

January 22, 2018 Blog

Finding time to write is a challenge for many of us academics, even though it is ostensibly our main job. This webinar will discuss practical strategies for setting writing routines that actually work to get words on the page.

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How to Create Realistic Writing Deadlines

January 9, 2018 Blog

So much of academic writing lacks the deadline that pushes us to get it done. Learn how to create realistic short and long term writing deadlines to help meet big writing goals.

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Getting the Most Out of Writing Groups

January 3, 2018 Blog

Learn how to design and run writing groups that build the accountability systems, intellectual communities, and editorial support groups you need.

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Imagine Otherwise: Yaba Blay on Everyday Black Girl Magic

December 13, 2017 Podcast

Cultural producer Yaba Blay talks about how beauty culture and colorism shape her publicly engaged approach to scholarship, how being an insider/outsider in the academy allows one to enact broad social change, the importance of meeting students where they’re at, and how her celebration of everyday #BlackGirlMagic is how she imagines otherwise.

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Looking Back, Looking Ahead: Questions for the New Year

December 12, 2017 Blog

Although many people set New Year’s resolutions, spending some time reviewing this year ensures you can set smart ones that reflect your real-life needs and situation.

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Small Changes to Refresh Your Routine

December 5, 2017 Blog

When things get overwhelming, sometimes you want to start over. But this isn't always possible. Here are some small changes you can make to your day-to-day life to help you feel more relaxed and ready to take on whatever you’re facing.

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Organizational Tips to Get You Through the End of the Semester

November 28, 2017 Blog

No matter how organized you are, things tend to pile up at the end of the semester. In the era of bullet journals, Google calendars, spreadsheets, and phone apps, here are some surprisingly simple suggestions for how to stay on top of your workload.

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Karen Tongson

Imagine Otherwise: Karen Tongson on Musical Migration and the Pleasures of Pop Culture

November 15, 2017 Podcast

Podcaster and professor Karen Tongson chats about music and its relationship to place, the migratory and melodic flows between Manila and Los Angeles, how the Spice Girls can help us understand Adorno and Horkheimer, and the queer and transnational inspiration that Karen draws from her namesake, Karen Carpenter.

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Rethinking Your Relationship To Reading

November 14, 2017 Blog

Despite the fact that reading takes up so much of our time, we rarely stop to reflect on or nurture our relationship to the written word. Is the act of reading pleasurable for you or does it feel like work? How do you like to read and do you often get to read that way? When do you know you’ve actually finished reading something—and understood it?

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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

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

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

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: Keeping 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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