Do you want more people to understand what you do?

Sharing what we do in a way people can understand helps us communicate and advocate for our work. Having an online persona, a Googleable set of pages or profiles, is a great practice for communication.

For researchers and academics, clear communication about your work can help you

  • connect with your community
  • advocate for funding
  • increase awareness
  • develop a scholarly network

Are you ready to take control of your online identity?

The Academic Designer LLC is a boutique woman-run public relations company

Jennifer van Alstyne, communications strategist

Hi, I’m Jennifer. I’m a communications strategist. And I’m here to help your work get seen through social media and personal websites.

I empower people and organizations to share their work with the world with communication strategy.

Learn more about working with me.

Read The Social Academic blog

Check out my blog, The Social Academic


I offer communications consultation, website creation, and social media strategy through 1:1 services.

Have you been thinking about a personal academic website? Do you want more control over your online message?

Does your group or organization need training?

Check out services from The Academic Designer LLC.

Websites, Social Media, Design and Copy, Training

What people say about working with me

Website and Social Media Audit

“Working with Jennifer on the creation of a website was a wonderful experience.

She took the material I provided — my CV, links to writings and other relevant information — and shaped it into a cogent site that is easy to navigate and deftly reflects the various dimensions of my long history as an art critic, educator, scholar and speaker…”

— Robert L. Pincus, PhD, art critic


“Looking towards the job market in coming years, I am certain that having a website that presents a cohesive view of my work as a writer/scholar will be absolutely helpful.”

— Hannah E. Chapple, poet + ecocritic

Design and Content, curriculum vitae

“Jennifer is extremely professional and knowledgeable about how to organize and present my experiences on a CV, both in print and online.

I feel comfortable with her and she responded in a timely manner. I would, without a doubt recommend her services to my colleagues at the university.”

— Heather Sweeney, poet + lecturer

Discover my online courses

Create an academic website
Social Media for Academics