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Challenge #1: Profiles (5/29-6/9)

27 replies, 24 voices Last updated by  Caitlin Duffy 1 year, 2 months ago
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    Caitlin Duffy

    Welcome to your first challenge!

    Details and support can be found in our most recent blog post.

    Be on the look-out for an extra *advanced* profile challenge in the coming week.

    For now, use this space to share links to your profiles once you’ve completed the challenge. Not only will this let the world know that you’ve accomplished Challenge #1, but this will also allow you to celebrate and find inspiration from other campers’ profiles. Feel free to shout out profiles that you find particularly great!


    Kirsten Ashley Bussière

    Here is what I’ve done to my profile so far! I might make some more changes depending on how I’m feeling as the deadline approaches.


    Dana Gavin

    Here is my profile:

    Like Kirsten commented, I am open to making changes before the deadline, especially as I get to see others’ profiles and get inspired!


    Lisa L. Tyler

    Here’s my profile, although I expect I’ll keep tinkering with it as we go on:



    Leigh Bonds

    Like all of you, I expect to revise what I’ve done thus far as I’m inspired by others’ profiles:


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    Sara Santos

    Hello! Click here for my updated profile! I’ve had one for some months, but I’ve updated the information on most sections – also, new profile pic!

    A couple of things that came to my mind while working on the profile were: 1) is my current picture “appropriate” for an academic profile? 2) is there a preferred length for the “about” section? In other words, how long is “too long”?


    Mollie Freier

    Here’s what I have so far: I’ll probably tinker with it a bit more.


    Kate Koppy

    Like Sara Santos, I’ve debated what the profile picture and cover photo should be for a professional context. As a user, I appreciate the pictures that clearly show a face so I can connect the digital presence to a colleague I’ve seen at conferences, but I also appreciate the pictures that are more interesting than just a professional headshot.

    My profile is here:
    For this challenge, I added social media handles that I didn’t have when I first set this profile up, and I added academic interest tags.

    • This reply was modified 1 year, 2 months ago by  Kate Koppy.

    Caitlin Duffy

    Wow, so far this first challenge is off to a great start! Thanks to all who’ve shared their profiles so far- they look stellar!

    I’m also excited to see that some questions are being raised and discussions are starting regarding the profile page (thanks, Sara and Kate!).

    The question regarding how to determine what qualifies as an ‘appropriate’ profile and/or cover photo can be really helpful to discuss. Your choice of photo can really depend upon a number of different factors, including your personality, discipline, and goals.

    I’m interested to hear how members of the group chose their photos. Did you ever receive any advice on selecting an appropriate photo for professional platforms online? Do you have any strategies on how to get a good photo?

    To answer my own question, I had a friend who is an amateur photograph take my picture in a local library. for my profile photo. I chose an autumnal forest for my cover photo to reflect my interest in ecogothic (ecocritical + gothic) literature.

    I look forward to hearing the tips and strategies of the group and seeing more profiles!

    As far as the length of your “About” section is concerned, it’s really up to personal preference. I’d recommend to make it  approximately one paragraph, but again, there are no hard and fast rules here. It might be good to keep it succinct (especially if you’re making use of the other areas of the profile), but I’ve seen longer well-written “About” sections that still work well.


    Jeannette Vaught

    Hello!  After a few passes through it, here’s my profile so far:

    I had one, but it needed a tone and content overhaul.  Great suggestions from the challenge and excellent examples from the group helped quite a bit!

    As for photos, I had headshots done by a photography student friend a while back and I use them *all the time*!  It was a great investment- I recommend it.


    Jennifer E. Nicholson

    Have updated my profile, too:

    Haven’t yet written up an ‘about me’ but will hopefully get to this in the next few days!


    Mariana Ou


    I had some information on my profile already, but wanted to add more.

    I’ve added:
    my CV (love the feature; great for juniors like me!),
    an About (kept it brief, and added a personal tone),
    Education (very easy to do, copy+paste from CV, really),
    Cover image (I had a profile photo already, which people who know me think ‘it’s very me’; for the cover image I’ve added a photo of me digitising a poster–my job at the moment–of Lenin, reflecting my interests in archive, history, Socialism etc.)
    Upcoming talks (was happy to have something to add here!)

    I’m looking now at adding Projects, not very sure about format and what information to add.

    Thanks! Well done, everyone!


    Dana Gavin


    My profile picture was the clearest photo I could find that had been taken in the last 10 years. 😀

    My cover photo is a picture I took in the British Museum several years ago, and it’s relevant to my Victorian/British studies research. I use these two pictures across all of my social media platforms as well as my website.

    I’d like to get another head shot, but right now, I’m just aiming for consistency.


    Natalie Berkman

    Hello all!

    I just finished updating my profile and boy, did it feel good to say that I recently completed my Ph.D.! That said, since I’m in a transitional period right now, I was a bit unsure of what to list as my academic affiliation and addresses/email addresses on my CV and on the site, but soon I will have new official ones for my job in Paris, so I will just have to remember to update this again in July.

    Here is the link:

    Have a great weekend, everybody!



    Nina Lager Vestberg

    I’ve tweaked my “About” section a little bit to give it more of a human face (or at least tone), and added some upcoming events. I also added an interest and changed by cover image to something more identifiably “archival”. I may not have time to do more for this particular challenge by 9 June, but look forward to the next one!

    Here I am:

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