Who We Are

>>> Email Postdoctoral Affairs at postdoc@email.arizona.edu

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 in neuromuscular disease. Her publications include three textbooks and more than eighty journal articles. Jenny is a University of Arizona Galileo Circle Scholar, Fellow of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, and past-President of the American Association of Phonetic Sciences. She has received teaching and advising awards from the UArizona and has served as a reviewer on NIH study sections and as Editor-in-Chief of the American Journal of Speech-Language Pathology.

Jenny’s interest in postdoctoral scholars began with the creation 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. On a national level, she is part of an NIH-funded effort to develop instruction in professional skills, research ethics, and inclusivity in mentoring.  

When not at work, Jenny enjoys making pottery, swimming and bike riding, and volunteering for local animal rescue organizations.

Rachel Floyd, MA

Graduate Associate, Postdoctoral Affairs


Rachel Floyd is a PhD candidate in Second Language Acquisition and Teaching (SLAT). She is a language instructor with over 5 years of experience teaching French, English, and English composition. She was born and raised in Tennessee and spent two years teaching English in France after receiving her Masters in French and Francophone studies.

Rachel's research interests include the implementation of a multiliteracies pedagogical framework, professional learning, and the use of technology in second language classrooms. Her main focus is the ways in which graduate students are prepared for professional life beyond the academy. She has also studied the creation and integration of video games into the second language classroom.

Rachel is incredibly passionate about fostering professional communities and has held several leadership positions in this area, including student representative to the SLAT Executive Council, Graduate Assistant Director for the English program, and, most recently, President of the SLAT Student Association.

In her free time, Rachel loves playing video games, going hiking, and talking to her friends and family from Tennessee.

You can contact Rachel regarding the Postdoctoral Affairs Certificiate and adding content to this website.

Amable Ribeiro, MA

Graduate Associate, Postdoctoral Affairs


Amable Ribeiro is a PhD student in Second Language Acquisition and Teaching (SLAT). She was born and raised in Brazil where she also earned a degree in language teaching and literature. For the past eleven years, she has taught English in several contexts in Brazil and in the United States. Because applied linguistics is her absolute passion, Amable came to the U.S. in 2017 to complete her M.A. in English as a Second Language, which was a dream coming true. Then she continued pursuing her education toward her PhD. As a graduate student at the University of Arizona, Amable has been teaching English composition to international students, mentoring visiting scholars in the SLAT program, presenting at conferences, conducting research, organizing events, and serving as a member of the SLAT Student Association. 

Amable’s main research interests include language teacher education, teacher training and mentoring, and professional development of teachers in higher education. Her main focus is the ways language teachers construct and negotiate their identities in their daily practices.

Amable is very passionate about providing opportunities for teachers, students and other professionals to grow and develop their skills in multilingual and multicultural contexts.

When she is not teaching and helping others, Amable loves to read classic literature, travel, go to local restaurants, and enjoy the beauties of Tucson.


Kerry McCullough

Social Media Manager, Postdoctoral Affairs


Kerry is a PhD candidate in the Department of Linguistics researching the sound systems of Modern Irish, their learnability and current use. She is an active member of the UA Celtic Group and has served on multiple NSF grants and helped organize conferences. Before attending the University of Arizona, Kerry received a BS in Journalism with an emphasis in Strategic Communications from the University of Kansas. Kerry has held marketing and outreach positions in academic, non-profit, and government settings; she is passionate about sharing impactful stories and creating engaging content for a variety of audiences.

When Kerry is not working on her dissertation, she enjoys watching basketball and reading, but you'll most likely find her out playing kickball.



Brandon Styve

Communications Intern, Postdoctoral Affairs


Brandon is a Senior majoring in Communication with a minor in Public Relations. Before enrolling at the University of Arizona, he attended Sage Creek High School in Southern California. Brandon has and continues to hold positions in which great communication, teamwork, and technical skills are necessary. Brandon uses the written word to create pieces of writing that are engaging and looks forward to using this skill to help the Postdoctoral Affairs team in their efforts. Past graduation Brandon would like to work in advertising or marketing for a company.

When he finds he has free time on his hands, Brandon loves to read, play video games, watch and critique movies, and hang with friends. He looks forward to renewing his interest in playing acoustic guitar this year.