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.
Amable Ribeiro, MA
Graduate Associate, Postdoctoral Affairs
Amable Ribeiro is a PhD Candidate 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.
Social Media Manager, Postdoctoral Affairs
Tom Knapp is a PhD student in the Department of Biomedical Engineering studying biomedical imaging. His research involves the use of advanced microscopy techniques and mathematical modeling to characterize the optical biomarkers of gastrointestinal cancers. Before entering the graduate program, Tom received his BS in Physiology at the University of Arizona and worked in several medical settings for firsthand experience of clinical practice. Tom shows his support for the biomedical engineering community by holding positions on committees in the UArizona Department of Biomedical Engineering and the Biomedical Engineering Society.
As a member of the Postdoctoral Affairs team, Tom will be contributing through the creation and dissemination of media detailing the stories and achievements of members from the diverse population of postdocs working here at the university.
Tom has a variety of interests outside of academia and can be found climbing on Mt. Lemmon, biking the streets of Tucson, or taking one of the many crafts courses offered in the area.
Social Media Manager, Postdoctoral Affairs
Emma is a second year Accelerated Master’s Student in the Department of Communication who earned her BA in Communication and Journalism from the University of Arizona in May 2022. During her time in college, she has been published in the Daily Wildcat, held customer service jobs, and is a sports marketing intern for Intermountain Healthcare. After graduation she plans on pursuing a career related to healthcare administration or sports marketing.
Emma looks forward to promoting postdoctoral scholars and highlighting the contributions they make to the University of Arizona as a member of the Postdoctoral Affairs team.
When Emma isn’t working or studying, you’ll likely find her watching sporting events or spending time with her friends and family.