Academic Ladder - finish writing your dissertation, get tenure, get a life!

Academic Ladder - finish writing your dissertation, get tenure, get a life! Procrastinating on your writing? The http://AcademicWritingClub.com can help. Online accountability/progress tracking, small group coaching & more!
We bring information, support, hope, inspiration, motivation, tips and tricks to graduate students, post docs and professors who are struggling to finish long-term writing projects. Through our newsletter, classes, university programs, individual and group coaching, workshops, and especially the Academic Writing Club http://academicwritingclub.com, we help bring together the academic community and create a dialogue about the process of getting writing done and the struggles that academics have in common.

06/10/2019
Academic Ladder, Inc. - finish writing your dissertation, get tenure

Academic Ladder, Inc. - finish writing your dissertation, get tenure

Avoid burnout, anxiety and depression and become a more productive and creative writer with our Dissertation (and Thesis) Toolkit. You'll receive our Writer's Block, Organization and Motivation, Writing and Revising, Balanced Life, and Get a Job Tools. Academic Ladder helps grad students and professors write more and procrastinate less. Professors, let your students know about this free resource!

Just rediscovered this and I thought it would be a good time of year to have a little rueful laugh.
03/20/2018
academiblog: One Professor's Fantasy

Just rediscovered this and I thought it would be a good time of year to have a little rueful laugh.

addthis_url=''; addthis_title=''; addthis_pub='gjhiatt';posted by Gina Hiatt, Ph.D. @ 12:12 PM   0 comments links to this post

10/12/2017
Academic Presentations with Gina Hiatt and Ellen Finkelstein

FREE webinar! Presented by Gina Hiatt, president of Academic Ladder, with guest presenter Ellen Finkelstein: “Giving Academic Presentations that Actually Help Your Audience Understand and Remember Your Remarks”

Ellen will show you how you can be engaging and interesting while still presenting valuable information. Discover simple techniques, based on solid research, which everyone can learn.

http://www.ellenfinkelstein.com/pptblog/academic-presentations-with-gina-hiatt-and-ellen-finkelstein/

This is truly sad.  Life for adjunct professors is untenable.
09/28/2017
Facing poverty, academics turn to sex work and sleeping in cars

This is truly sad. Life for adjunct professors is untenable.

Adjunct professors in America face low pay and long hours without the security of full-time faculty. Some, on the brink of homelessness, take desperate measuresSign up to our monthly Outside in America newsletter

In case you didn't catch this 11 years ago...
03/11/2017
We Need Humanities Labs

In case you didn't catch this 11 years ago...

Isolation is one of the biggest enemies of grad students, and yet is all too prevalent, writes Gina Hiatt.

Join in our free Holiday Writing Challenge on my blog (academiblog). Get some tips, feedbacks and accountability, and ge...
12/03/2016
academiblog: The Second Holiday Writing Challenge for Academics

Join in our free Holiday Writing Challenge on my blog (academiblog). Get some tips, feedbacks and accountability, and get some writing done! All you need to do is post what you'd like to work on (if anything) over the holidays, and the maximum amount of time you'd like to spend on it daily.

Go back to the blog post daily, weekly or just at the end of the challenge (shall we say January 15?) to say how you did, to tell us about your problems or to encourage and commiserate with others.

http://gblog2.academicladder.com/2016/11/the-second-holiday-writing-challenge.html


"Thanks for this opportunity to do a writing challenge on your blog! I will write for chapter 2 of my dissertation for at least 15 minutes each day."

I'm giving a live webinar next Tuesday, Sept. 27 for academic writers: "The 10 Habits of Highly Productive Academic Writ...
09/19/2016
Audio Conferences & Webinars

I'm giving a live webinar next Tuesday, Sept. 27 for academic writers: "The 10 Habits of Highly Productive Academic Writers." It's hosted by the Textbook and Academic Authors Association. Their webinars are free for members. Join here: https://taaa.memberclicks.net/events Not a member? Join!

I find this article exciting.  I've been saying, as in my recent telesummit, "Bullying and Mobbing in Higher Education,"...
08/01/2016
They Don’t Train Us for This

I find this article exciting. I've been saying, as in my recent telesummit, "Bullying and Mobbing in Higher Education," that inadequate training for higher level administrators is a big reason that there is so much bullying in academia. They are not trained to listen, to evaluate, and to take active steps to make horrible situations improve. I'm glad Fred Schwarzbach wrote this!

Thirteen lessons I wish someone had taught me before I became an academic administrator.

FREE telesummit on BULLYING AND MOBBING IN ACADEMIA starts Monday, June 27 - Thursday June 30.. Bullying can happen to a...
06/24/2016
Academic Writing Club Telesummit

FREE telesummit on BULLYING AND MOBBING IN ACADEMIA starts Monday, June 27 - Thursday June 30.. Bullying can happen to anyone, and it harms everyone. I interview 8 experts in the field and 5 victims of bullying. Learn more by clicking below..

This is so true!  Speakers or people leading meetings (or people who hijack meetings) can control and manipulate with th...
05/24/2016
We’re All in Agreement, Right?

This is so true! Speakers or people leading meetings (or people who hijack meetings) can control and manipulate with these subtle messages.

Comments (50) The Chronicle Review We’re All in Agreement, Right? By Eric Johnson August 31, 2015 Like any good bureaucrat, I spend a fair amount of time attending academic conferences or sitting thr...

Grad Students, Post Docs and Professors:Summer Writing Bootcamp!  $30 off Coupon for 16 weeks of writing productivity, a...
04/19/2016
Academic Writing Club — The Academic Writing Club is an innovative combination of accountability...

Grad Students, Post Docs and Professors:

Summer Writing Bootcamp! $30 off Coupon for 16 weeks of writing productivity, accountability, coaching and group support

$30 Off Habit Creator
Select Habit Creator Option and Enter Coupon Code AWCBC30
Offer expires midnight EST, Monday April 25th

You can also select the Jumpstart, our 4-week option.

Are you worried that you're not writing enough? Stuck on the never finished dissertation, book or article?
Learn about the Academic Writing Club, and join the thousands of academics who have become happier, more creative, and productive writers!

http://academicwritingclub.com

Here is a thoughtful post on academia's surprising (and I think illegal in some cases?) requirements for hiring that exc...
03/21/2016
Accommodations in Academia

Here is a thoughtful post on academia's surprising (and I think illegal in some cases?) requirements for hiring that exclude some disabled people. The author's blog is also thought-provoking (see link at the end of the article).
https://chroniclevitae.com/news/1336-accommodations-in-academia

Discrimination against the disabled still resides in job ads with ableist requirements and in academics too vulnerable to ask for help.

Treat undergrads like bunnies -- put a Glock to their head. University President gone mad?I signed the petition and I ho...
02/10/2016
Academics and academic groups respond with fury over firing of 2 professors at Mount St. Mary's

Treat undergrads like bunnies -- put a Glock to their head. University President gone mad?

I signed the petition and I hope you will, too. Just showing this man how many people are outraged makes it worth the effort.


https://www.insidehighered.com/news/2016/02/10/academics-and-academic-groups-respond-fury-over-firing-2-professors-mount-st-marys#at_pco=smlrebh-1.0&at_si=56bb66d26ee1d28b&at_ab=per-2&at_pos=1&at_tot=4

In case you're wondering whether it's worth getting ongoing training to improve your teaching, which is usually offered ...
02/10/2016
New study suggests that faculty development has a demonstrable impact on student learning

In case you're wondering whether it's worth getting ongoing training to improve your teaching, which is usually offered at your university's "Faculty Learning Center" or "Faculty Teaching Center" or "Faculty Development Center," etc., it IS!

Studies of faculty development efforts at a liberal arts college and a land-grant university suggest the programs can have an impact on student outcomes.

RAFFLE for grad students, post docs, lecturers, adjuncts, independent academics, and faculty members of all stages!  Ent...
01/26/2016
How Academia Plays With Your Mind

RAFFLE for grad students, post docs, lecturers, adjuncts, independent academics, and faculty members of all stages!

Enter to win a $150 Amazon Gift Certificate. Just tell us what drives you crazy about academia. It's confidential and easy.

BONUS: If you have never tried the Academic Writing Club, you will get a **$20 coupon** for the next session, starting Feb. 1.

Click the picture to learn more.
http://academicwritingclub.com/how-academia-plays-with-your-mind/

Raffle! We thought this would be a good time of year to have some fun. Let’s create a new eBook to help academics, and give you a chance at a $150 Amazon

The author of this article quoted me extensively. This was written in 2011, and still pertains today. The Academic Writi...
09/16/2015
Strength training and weight lifting

The author of this article quoted me extensively. This was written in 2011, and still pertains today. The Academic Writing Club (http://academicwritingclub), which the author mentions in the article had 485 members last session, and we have served almost 5000 academics!

Professional coaching - a common tool in business - is just starting to make inroads in the academy. Matthew Reisz speaks to advocates of tailor-made tactics for defeating stress, stasis and discord

Are you stuck in your writing, or just want to be more creative?  Get up and walk -- here is research that proves it hel...
09/12/2015
Why Walking Helps Us Think - The New Yorker

Are you stuck in your writing, or just want to be more creative? Get up and walk -- here is research that proves it helps you think more creatively.

Since at least the time of Greek philosophers, many writers have discovered a deep, intuitive connection between walking, thinking, and writing.

A new book on turning your Ph.D. into a job!
08/15/2015
Meet the Woman Who’s Trying to Free Grad Students From Their Delusions

A new book on turning your Ph.D. into a job!

Graduate programs don’t adequately prepare students for the world, so Karen Kelsky does it for them. She is the founder of the academic career-consulting business The Professor Is In, which advises would-be tenure-trackers on such minefields as the cover letter (“Just say no to the weepy teaching st…

Formula for productive writing.
08/15/2015
It's Academic

Formula for productive writing.

Write 500 words. That's a paragraph

Wow! People are jumping on our incredible special!  I wanted to give everyone an opportunity to try out the Academic Wri...
08/11/2015
Academic Writing Club — The Academic Writing Club is an innovative combination of accountability...

Wow! People are jumping on our incredible special! I wanted to give everyone an opportunity to try out the Academic Writing Club, so I'm giving new members *50% OFF* the next session (Jumpstart option only)!

Just enter Coupon Code: TRYAWC50

And don't forget to hit "Apply"

http://academicwritingclub.com

Become a Productive Writer Connect With Peers Use Powerful Online Tools Maintain Productivity Struggling with writers block, procrastination, or lack of mo

08/06/2015
The Academic Life: Making It

Academic Writing Club: We have a VERY special offer coming up -- make sure you're on our mailing list, because we'll announce it next week. Go to http://academicladder.com and sign up free -- upper right hand corner. Plus you get our dissertation/tenure toolkit!

Grad students and professors: there is a way to live a balanced life and FINISH YOUR LONG TERM WRITING PROJECTS. - created at http://animoto.com

Finally!  More research that shows that writing in small time segments leads to productive writing habits and higher pub...
08/03/2015
Write in small snack-size nuggets to avoid choking

Finally! More research that shows that writing in small time segments leads to productive writing habits and higher publication rates!!! Clearly, our Academic Writing Club, which helps you develop and maintain this habit has been on the right track for nine years! http://academicwritingclub.com

Working in small bursts can be more productive than binge-writing, an expert tells Olga Wojtas

If you're struggling to finish (or start) your dissertation, journal article, grant proposal, or book chapter, you need ...
07/19/2015
Academic Writing Club—Unlock Your Writing Potential

If you're struggling to finish (or start) your dissertation, journal article, grant proposal, or book chapter, you need to join the Academic Writing Club! Details here ==> http://bit.ly/1I0OyGZ

NEXT SESSION STARTS JULY 20. Develop superior writing habits. Become a productive writer. Connect with supportive peers. Use powerful online tools.

An article I wrote a while ago, which is still relevant today, on the need for a more collaborative atmosphere in the hu...
06/13/2015
We Need Humanities Labs | InsideHigherEd

An article I wrote a while ago, which is still relevant today, on the need for a more collaborative atmosphere in the humanities. Of course, until tenure guidelines allow for multiple authorship as equivalent to solo, faculty members will remain in their silos. Please post comments!

I wonder how an English professor would feel spending a week in a physics lab. Not about the scientific work, but about the frequent, ongoing interaction between students and peers, post-docs and faculty. Scientists see each other in the lab, if not daily, then at least weekly. They have frequent la…

If you wrote on essay on how to construct a life as an academic, what would you write about?"All of our contributors are...
06/08/2015
Essay on how to build a life and career in the humanities | InsideHigherEd

If you wrote on essay on how to construct a life as an academic, what would you write about?

"All of our contributors are clear-eyed about the difficulties of academic life, but we were struck by the fact that in spite of all the woes, many found ample reason to reaffirm their decisions to live an academic life."

A number of books have focused on the questions of getting a job, negotiating office politics and other work issues for academics. Far less attention has been paid to the issue of how to construct a life around whatever job you happen to have. We’ve recently tried to address this omission by publish…

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