Work with Jennifer

Why work with Me?

Jennifer van Alstyne: communications and social media; owner, The Academic Designer LLC

I’m Jennifer van Alstyne, a Peruvian-American poet and communications strategist.

My goal is to empower people like you to share how and what you do.

Communicating our work is hard.

Enjoy the benefits like

  • more engaged readers
  • friends and family who understand why we do what we do
  • meaningful connections
  • a real network of like-minded people

As a communications strategist, my goal is to present your work in clear, understandable, and engaging ways.

Let’s connect on LinkedIn.

Are you in grad school?

I was a great grad student. I had full funding, published peer reviewed articles, poetry and criticism. I met some amazing people along the way.

I want to help you be awesome at communicating your research and skills. Part of that is being comfortable talking about it.

I know how important professional development is. That’s why I designed these trainings and services to work for you no matter your career path.

Here are my top resources for grad students like you.

Hey, faculty and researchers

I have 8 years of experience in higher education events management, public relations, and student life. I’ve researched how best to promote your academic presence and showcase your scholarly achievements.

Your time is important. You must prioritize research and teaching. That’s why my strategy and tips are all about easy-to-follow changes to your current practices. We’re talking good communication.

If you want to take the next step, I’m here to help.

Writers and creatives, I want to help you too

I left university life because I found joy in the creative interdisciplinary work and focusing 1:1 with clients. As a poet, I know how good communication about craft creates new intersections and networks.

I’m here to help readers and editors find you by promoting your work in ways that make you more approachable without compromising your privacy or vision.

Sharing your work in a meaningful way opens worlds.

If you’re in need of social media or website consultation for your creative life, I want to be your 1st step–even if we don’t end up working together. Let me help steer you in the right direction.

Organizations, academic departments, and businesses

Whether you need training for your group…

Or user-experience (UX) and content strategy for your website…

I’m here for your strategic communication needs. I’ve worked with research centers, labs, and organizations. I’d love to see how I can help you.

Got a project in mind?

Let’s talk about how we can work together.

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