Who We Are

Jenny Hoit, PhD

Director of Postdoctoral Affairs


Jenny is a Professor of Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences and a certified speech-language pathologist. Her research, most of which has been supported by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), focuses on speech physiology, with particular emphases on the effects of aging, development, and diseases of the nervous system.

After earning a bachelor’s degree in Anthropology at UCLA, Jenny pursued education in speech-language pathology and speech science, earning a master’s degree at San Diego State University (SDSU), a PhD at University of Arizona (UA), and completing a postdoctoral fellowship at the Harvard School of Public Health and Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

As an academic, Jenny is a University of Arizona Galileo Circle Scholar, Fellow of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, past-President of the American Association of Phonetic Sciences, and has received a Distinguished Alumni Award from the SDSU College of Health and Human Services, and teaching and advising awards from the UA. She has served on NIH study sections and has editorial experience with over 20 journals, including her role as Editor of the American Journal of Speech-Language Pathology. Her publications include three textbooks and more than eighty journal articles.

Jenny’s interest in postdoctoral scholars began with the development of her university-wide course called Survival Skills and Ethics that continues to provide professional development and ethics instruction to graduate students and postdoctoral scholars. Her work in professional development and ethics has been recognized with invitations to join the core faculty of the national program for teaching Survival Skills and Ethics and to provide workshops internationally.

When not at work, Jenny enjoys making pottery, swimming and bike riding, and volunteering for a local golden retriever organization. 

Margherita Berti, MA

Graduate Research Associate, Postdoctoral Affairs


Margherita, also known by Maggie, is a doctoral candidate in the Second Language Acquisition and Teaching Program (SLAT) at the University of Arizona. She has over four years of experience in language teaching at the university level in Italian, Spanish and English as a Second Language. Her current research focuses on materials development for assessment and pedagogical purposes with the integration of technology tools in foreign language courses. Maggie has presented papers at national conferences such as ACTFL, AAAL, CALICO and SWCOLT and published articles and reviews in academic journals as Issues and Trends in Educational Technology (ITET) and CALICO Journal.

In 2015, Maggie received a BA in Modern Foreign Languages and Literatures from the University of Bergamo and in 2017 an MA in Linguistics/TESL from Indiana State University, where she also worked as a Graduate Teaching Assistant and Graduate Research Assistant. At Indiana State University she was awarded the prestigious Alva E. Davis Award, and she was recognized as the Outstanding Graduate Teaching Assistant for the 2015-2016 academic year.

Being from Italy, Maggie loves cooking and has organized and led several cooking workshops as well as virtual reality tours of Italy. She also enjoys running, travelling and learning romance languages.

To learn about her research visit her Academia.edu profile.

Postdoctoral Affairs Building: 1600 E. First Street, Tucson, AZ 85719