I help professors and scientists communicate their research online

Hi, I’m Jennifer van Alstyne. Welcome to The Academic Designer LLC. Watch my short video.

Clear communication about your work helps professors, scientists, and researchers

  • connect with your community
  • share your articles and publications
  • engage your students
  • advocate for funding
  • increase awareness of your work
  • develop a scholarly network

Having an online presence, a Googleable set of pages or profiles, is a best practice for communication. Help people find the work you do.

I’m Jennifer van Alstyne, a communications strategist and owner of The Academic Designer LLC. I work with professors and organizations around the world to share their work effectively in online spaces like social media and websites.

My goal is to help you take control of your online presence and find an audience that cares.


The Academic Designer LLC works with professors, research labs, and research centers, and universities around the world. I’m a strategist who communicates the value of complex concepts to the audiences you want to reach. My focus is helping you connect with people and share what you do online.

  • Websites
  • Social Media
  • Bio Writing
  • Professional development training/workshops

The Social Academic blog and podcast

The Social Academic blog features articles about managing your online presence. Learn about social media and personal websites for professors. I interview

  • professors
  • researchers
  • scientists
  • graduate students

I love sharing their stories with you.

People in 159+ countries read The Social Academic blog in 2021.

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What people say about working with The Academic Designer LLC

“We would recommend Jennifer for any project where academic research needs to be conveyed onto websites and social media.”

“Jennifer was able to bring together professional, academic content that not only reflected the team and our approach to research, but also met the expectations of our University.”

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

“Jennifer makes people feel comfortable with something that’s often hard to do, but essential in business: talking about one’s self.”