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. 

Angel Steadman, MA

Graduate Associate, Postdoctoral Affairs


Angel is a doctoral candidate in the Second Language Acquisition and Teaching (SLAT) program at the University of Arizona. She is an English language teacher and teacher educator with 15 years of teaching experience in places such as the US, Costa Rica, China, and Brazil. In addition, she has coordinated programs for teachers of English as a foreign or second language domestically and abroad in both face-to-face and online contexts.

Her research focuses on identity and agency in online and multicultural educational contexts. She is dedicated to strengthening contemporary education through greater attention to students’ and teachers’ socio-emotional needs, virtual community development, and attention to the nuanced and intersectional identities that influence discourse, power dynamics, and educational access in today’s globalized society.

She has presented nationally and internationally at conferences such as AAAL, TESOL, ISLS, and CALICO, and she has published book chapters as well as articles in System and CALICO Journal. She is the recipient of a 2020 AAAL Graduate Student Award for a proposal of her work in applying positioning theory to fully online educational contexts. As Executive Board member and Past President of AZTESOL, she works closely with Arizona English language teachers as they engage in professional development and advocate for themselves and their students in the state and beyond.

Angel loves yoga, meditation, cooking, poetry, traveling to new places, and spending time in nature with her partner and her dogs.

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