Welcome to Academic Ladder, the place to find Tools, Support, Solutions, and Community for all those in Higher Education!

Our mission is to empower graduate students, post-docs and professors to become more productive and satisfied academics.

Here are 4 writing productivity boosters— our gift to you—with absolutely no obligation.

Gift #1: The Dissertation Writer’s Toolkit!

Gift #2: Ten Thought-Blockers that Trap You in Procrastination – and REBUTTALS to Them!

Gift #3: The Academic Writer’s Block Wizard – a silly, fun and almost foolproof downloadable mini-program (for PCs)  Hint: What do a poodle and a bowling ball have to do with more writing?

Gift #4: The highly acclaimed “Positive Affirmations Especially for Academic Writers”

Enter your name and email address below to receive your gifts. We’ll also send you bi-weekly tips, info, reminders and resources from the official Academic Ladder newsletter.

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Important: What will this all cost?  Nothing.  It’s our gift to you to help you with the academic climb.

  Grad students  and professors love the Academic Ladder Newsletter…

“You just don’t know how happy I am to have your newsletter as a resource.  […] I feel more empowered to complete my goals of obtaining my MA and PhD.  There are so many helpful and thorough tips on preparation, organization, downtime etc.  I always get excited when I see this e-newsletter in my INBOX.  I just feel so ahead of the game on obtaining information to use in the future.  Thanks for making it available via internet and free of charge.  At a time when money is tight its great to have resources such as these available.

Since I’ve signed up for the subscription I have printed every issue and saved them in a binder!”   

— Alice Rollins, graduate student, Georgia State University


“Reading your newsletter has helped me feel assured that I’m not alone in periodically feeling overwhelmed, feeling like a failure, feeling destroyed by my committee members, and so on.  It has also had some really practical tips for thinking about these things in an alternative, positive way.

I think my personal favorite was the list of positive lines to say to oneself, one of which read something like: “my students are lucky I even showed up to teach today.”

Last but not least, the “reverse outline” idea was very helpful to me at several points.  All of this is to say that yesterday I successfully completed the oral defense of my dissertation, and I want to thank you and your newsletter for helping me along the way!”

— Ph.D. recipient and satisfied newsletter reader, Syracuse University

 And the Academic Ladder’s accountability tools: 

“I simply can’t believe how unstressful this is, it’s amazing — all the questions I used to try and juggle in my head now have a method for ordering, and reorganizing. And having the group to check in with is an extraordinary incentive and support — it is such a different experience.”

— Assistant Professor, tenure track, in Academic Ladder Writing Club


I FINISHED THE ARTICLE! I thought this day would never come! I am practically dancing with glee…This is maybe my fastest article ever — less than three months from start to finish, with a lot of other projects dealt with at the same time. Getting them done fast feels GOOD.”

— Assistant Professor, tenure track

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