Cross-Platform Social Media, a course from The Academic Designer

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

I empower faculty, researchers, and writers to manage their online personas.

I work 1:1 with fun and engaging people and organizations to share their work with the world.

Let me make this happen for you.

Jennifer van Alstyne

Hi, I’m Jennifer. I’m a professional writer and I’m here to help your work get seen.

As writers and scholars, sharing what we do in a way people can understand helps us better communicate and advocate for our work.

Having an online persona, a Googleable set of pages or profiles that highlight your work, is becoming necessary.

More than that, it’s a great practice for communication.

Jennifer van Alstyne

For researchers and faculty, public relations and personal branding can improve your

  • funding
  • networking
  • connections with your community

I can help find readers for your publications, communicate how and what you do to a wide audience, and share your accomplishments.

I give you concrete, specific tools to control your online identity through the services and training I offer through The Academic Designer LLC.

I’m Jennifer van Alstyne, a professional writer.

My goal is to help you manage your online persona.

Learn more about why you should work with me.

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Personal Websites with The Academic Designer
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Graphic Design and Copy
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Work with Jennifer

Read the full testimonials and view my portfolio.

Bespoke Website + 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

Basic Website + Social Media Consultation

“As a new graduate student, I didn’t understand the impact that a well-designed website (read: simple, user-friendly, clear and accessible) could have on my academic work and networking. That is why it was so important for me to get to work with Jennifer.

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

Document Formatting + Design

“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

Learn more about why you should work with me.

Let’s chat.