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 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.

Marédil León, MA

Graduate Associate, Postdoctoral Affairs


Marédil León is a PhD candidate in Second Language Acquisition and Teaching (SLAT). She is a language instructor with over 12 years of experience teaching EFL, ESL, and English composition. She was born and raised in Venezuela and moved to the US 7 years ago to complete her MA in English as a Second Language, as a Fulbright Scholar.

Marédil’s research interests include language teacher identities, race, social justice in education, and educational technology. Her main focus is on studying the conflicts and tensions of non-native English speakers (teachers and learners) as a result of language ideologies and popular beliefs about English use. She has also studied teacher's biracial identities and their intersection with teaching practices, and explored possible ways of using augmented reality in composition classes in higher education.

Marédil is incredibly passionate about advocacy and has held several leadership positions in this area, including co-chairing the English Graduate Union Equity and Diversity sub-committee and serving in the University of Arizona International Student Advisory Council.

In her free time, Marédil loves watching documentaries, going dancing, and talking to her friends and family from Venezuela.   

Tynaje Thomas

Undergraduate Office Assistant, Postdoctoral Affairs


Tynaje Thomas is a undergraduate Senior in Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health, with an Emphasis in Health Systems and Practice. For the past seven years, she has held multiple positions that have allowed her to expand her knowledge of outpatient care and work with the disabled and Paralympic athletes, among others. Tynaje has worked at physical therapy clinics, the University of Arizona Disability Resource Center, and as an athletic training assistant. She is also currently working with MEZCOPH’s Safer team investigating positive COVID-19 cases in Tucson. Her experiences in helping others and working with diverse groups of people and communities have grown her knowledge in public health and athletics, allowing her to be well-rounded individual with experience in various fields, who is able to do what she puts her mind to and be successful. She loves working with athletes, physical therapists, and athletic trainers because her ultimate goal is to become a Physical Therapist.

Tynaje is very passionate about helping others and working with the needy and less fortunate. She wants to use her knowledge in Public Health to create a very safe and thriving environment and community for when she becomes a Physical Therapist.

When she is not working and helping others, she loves to cook, hang out with friends and family, reading and going on adventures.


Lauren Rowe

Undergraduate Office Assistant, Postdoctoral Affairs


Lauren Rowe is a junior at the University of Arizona where she is majoring in Journalism (with an emphasis on the digital field) and minoring in Public Relations. Her interest in writing has been a constant throughout her life, but it was when Lauren took a communications class as a freshman that she realized the impact that Journalism and Public Relations have on each other. She loves the correlations between these two fields and hopes to pursue her Masters degree in PR after she graduates.

Lauren is a member of Alpha Chi Omega sorority and serves as a member of their PR & Marketing committee. Lauren is also a News Reporter for the student-run newspaper, The Daily Wildcat.

When she is not writing, Lauren enjoys going bowling with her friends, swimming and watching movies.

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