Welcome to The Academic Designer

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

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.

Jennifer van Alstyne

Jennifer van Alstyne, communications strategist

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, 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?

I’m here to help. Learn more about working with me.

Read my blog, The Social Academic for advice and interviews with faculty and researchers.


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?

Learn more about my services.

Websites: plan. learn. create.
Social Media: Plan. Learn. Share.
Design and Copy: Graphics. Media. Writing.
Training: courses, workshops, speaking

What people say about working with me

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


“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: CV

“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.

Read full testimonials and view my portfolio.

Check out my online courses

Read the blog

Check out my blog, The Social Academic