Create Your Personal Academic Website

"I want a personal academic website, but I don't know where to start."

"I don't have a lot of tech skills, but a website has been on my list for a while."

"I know I need a website, but it's a big project. I need motivation and guidance along the way."

Does this sound like you? This course may be just what you're looking for.


Build a beautiful personal academic website

Are you ready to share your work with the world? You've come to the right place.

This training will teach you how to

  • plan and build a personal academic website*
  • write a clear academic bio
  • host documents like your CV
  • showcase and link to publications
  • share conferences and speaking engagements
  • create graphics and write content for your site
  • share your accomplishments

*This is a writing and content-focused website design course. While the training videos use WordPress, you may use whatever website platform or host you want.


There are so many benefits to a personal academic website

Here are some of the benefits you'll get from this training:

  • Your colleagues and others in your field will be able to find you, and your work.
  • Students learn about you in a fun and engaging way. And, if you have a good teaching section, it's a great way to attract students who actually understand what your classes will be like.
  • People who want to get in touch (potential collaborators, the media) will be able to. They'll can learn about you and know how to reach out for speaking engagements, media requests, and collaborations.
  • Potential funders and publishers will have a better understanding of who they're working with. Your ability to publicize yourself helps them justify their time and funds.
  • You will have a better understanding of the impact of your own work.
  • Website visitors will be able to develop longer-term connections with you and your work.
  • People can connect with you on the social media accounts you share on your website with ease.

When you complete this course you will have an easy-to-navigate and engaging website to present your professional accomplishments.

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1 | Welcome

Learn about all the benefits you’ll get from personal academic websites. And, you'll conduct a personal web audit. Hear about costs associated with hosting and managing them. You can have a site that costs $0, but we recommend planning on $100-300/year for expenses.


This lesson walks you through your website host options, and leads you through gathering your documents.

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2 | Who are you? All about the bio

Before you create your website, you need to think about who you are, and what you most want to share. Evaluate your professional goals, choose a headshot and write an effective bio.

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3 | Let's talk about your Curriculum Vitae (CV)

Learn how to share your curriculum vitae online. It's time for a CV makeover. And, I have an electronic CV template to help get yours ready for online viewing.

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4 | Website basics

Once you've picked the best host for you, it's time to choose a domain name and title. For WordPress users, get a full walkthrough of the Gutenberg editor.

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5 | Create Your Website

Let's get your website started. It's time to create your About page. And get my pre-publish checklist for new pages.

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6 | Talking About Your Research

Communicate your research by making it approachable. People should be able to understand who you are and what you do, here's how.

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7 | All about teaching

Create an electronic teaching portfolio for your faculty website. And get a bonus lesson on document design for your students!

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8 | Design for your website

Finding images, editing your own, and how to make visuals accessible. Plus, learn the basics of graphic design and create a simple logo and icon for your website.

9 | Managing and sharing your website

What updates to check for, website security, getting visitors to your website and more.

Hi, I'm Jennifer

I'm a communications strategist for faculty, researchers, and graduate students like you.

I empower people like you to share how and what you do effectively in online spaces.

The Academic Designer LLC consults to research centers, small business owners, and scholarly organizations.

Your work deserves to be seen and heard. I'm here to help.

Jennifer van Alstyne, your instructor

Why people are taking this course

What made you decide to take this course?

"I enjoyed the social media course and I am always looking for more ways to improve my visibility online."

"I have been procrastinating on setting up my website and I thought this course would give me structure and content knowledge."


Why do you want a personal academic website?

"Visibility! Not just for getting jobs and getting my professional network looking at my work, but for the communities I work with."

"I need a place to consolidate several short term projects that I have completed since graduation. A website might serve as a portfolio of work for future collaborators."


People who have taken this course have found the lessons 'very' or 'extremely' clear

And, they found the lessons "helpful" or "very helpful."

People taking this course have found things "easy to follow" with a "clear layout of website options."

Students appreciate the "clear way you walked through the content of each section with examples."

And they love the templates and worksheets.

Are you ready? Enroll now.

Course Curriculum

  Lesson 1: Welcome
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  Lesson 2: Who are you? All about the bio
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  Lesson 3: Let's talk about your Curriculum Vitae (CV)
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  Lesson 4: Website basics
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  Lesson 5: Create your website
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  Lesson 6: Talking about your research
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  Lesson 7: All about teaching
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  Lesson 8: Design for your website
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  Lesson 9: Managing and sharing your website
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  Lesson 10: Next Steps
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Select a pricing plan and sign up

$599

The FULL course

You're going to have a beautiful academic website

You're going to have a beautiful academic website.

Plus get 6 weeks of email support and access to monthly office hours via zoom.

Ready to get started? Join today for immediate access to Lesson 1.

5 payments of $112/m

The FULL course (5 monthly payments)

You're going to have a beautiful academic website

You're going to have a beautiful academic website.

Plus get 6 weeks of email support and access to monthly office hours via zoom.

Ready to get started? Join today for immediate access to Lesson 1.

$1,250

GOLD: course + audit

When you finish your site, get a personalized review and audit

Do you want personalized advice on your website content once it's complete?

Get the training you need for a beautiful website.

Then, get directed feedback from Jennifer on how to improve and grow your site in the future.

A website audit with me starts at $1200.

Choose GOLD to get trained, and save big.

You also get the email support you need for the first 10 weeks as each lesson is released. For issues where additional support is needed, 20 min meetings with Jennifer are available via Zoom.


*Your audit must be scheduled within 6 months of course purchase. Includes written report, and a 60 min meeting via Zoom.

30-day money back guarantee.

4 payments of $344/m

GOLD: course + audit

Do you want personalized advice on your website content once it's complete?

Get the training you need for a beautiful website.

Then, get directed feedback from Jennifer on how to improve and grow your site in the future.

A website audit with me starts at $1200.

Choose GOLD to get trained, and save big.

You also get the email support you need for the first 10 weeks as each lesson is released. For issues where additional support is needed, 20 min meetings with Jennifer are available via Zoom.


*Your audit must be scheduled within 6 months of course purchase. Includes written report, and a 60 min meeting via Zoom.

30-day money back guarantee.

$3,499

VIP: Let's work together to build your perfect site

You're ready for a beautiful site, but don't want to deal with the set-up yourself. This VIP option is perfect for you.

Get the training you need to develop content that communicates who you are and what you do.

Then, let Jennifer do the work setting up your website and placing your content.

No need to deal with the tech stuff you don't need.

Here's how it works...

After a goal-setting meeting with Jennifer, you work on the writing and content with the help of the training videos in this course.

When your content is ready, Jennifer gives personal advice on your website bio, and each page of content you have planned (up to 8 additional pages).

Jennifer creates a WordPress.com site for you, and sets up things on the back end (like theme, navigation, headings).

Then, she places your written content, featured images, and up to 4 visuals per page.


* Goal-setting meeting must be scheduled in the first 30 days.

** In order for Jennifer to complete her part, you must deliver content on time. We will set dates together during our goal-setting meeting. Work must be scheduled within 4 months of purchase.

This package does not include Jennifer doing content writing, graphic design, photography, or SEO. You will learn the basics of those for your website in this course. To have your website content done for you, email me at [email protected] to set up a time to chat.

30-day money back guarantee.