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Jennifer van Alstyne is a Peruvian-American poet and public relations consultant. She founded The Academic Designer, LLC to help academics, researchers, and writers control their online presence and share their work with the world.

She holds a B.A. from Monmouth University in English, and an M.F.A. from Naropa University in Writing & Poetics where she was the Jack Kerouac Fellow. Jennifer also holds an M.A. from University of Louisiana at Lafayette in Literature and Cultural Studies where she was one of four master’s fellows and a finalist for the Outstanding Master’s Graduate Award.

A Chat with Andrew Paulsen

Andrew Paulsen is a senior educational advisor and doctoral candidate who loves to travel A doctoral candidate at Vanderbilt University, Andrew Paulsen is making strides to change education in America. In this interview we talk about his travels across the United States in his role as a senior educational advisor at Agile Mind. And how…

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A Chat with Melanie Bruce

Melanie Bruce wears many hats as a marketing professor and as an entrepreneur with multiple businesses. In the final academic interview of 2019, we chat about why that balance works well for Melanie, who says, "the research that I'm doing, the up-to-date knowledge that I'm gaining, that I'm keeping up-to-date from my academic position, that helps me be a better entrepreneur." We talk about social media, balancing academic life, and more.

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A Chat with Norman Eng

Norman Eng teaches educators to communicate with their audiences. We talk balancing teaching with being a business owner. And, how self-publishing can be a great option for academics. Check out this interview for Norman's clear and concrete advice.

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A Chat with Daisy Shu

I chat with Daisy Shu, a postdoc at Harvard's Schepens Eye Research Institute.

We talk about her journey to enjoying social media and the people who inspired her. Then, learn about her experience crowdfunding her PhD research!

Daisy Shu

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New to Social Media? Find Your Scholarly Network with These Tips

People tell you to join Twitter for the conversation, or connect on Facebook. Once you get there, what's the best way to ensure you have a good time?

Social media is a two-way street. It's important that you follow the right people to have a curated feed.

By following the right people, you take control of the types of content you are regularly exposed to. This is true for every platform.

Find your Scholarly Network on Social media

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Gift Guide for Grad Students 2019

Graduate students need the holiday season to relax. It's important to practice self-care, and spend time with friends and family. But what do you buy them?

You want your grad student to have the gift they need this holiday season. You know them well, but do you know what they need for their grad school life?

My gift guide is here to help.

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Instagram for Academics

Researchers and scholars are turning to Instagram to share their work because it has more active users, and can capture the attention of both experts and non-experts.

So, what do you put on your Instagram profile once its up? Or, how can you improve your already active account?

Instagram for academics

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Twitter for Academics

I see thousands of academics on Twitter every day, and only a fraction of them follow best communication practices for providing the information your students, colleagues, and potential editors need to find you and your work. Check out my list of tips for #AcademicTwitter!

Twitter for Academics and Researchers

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