Who We Are

>>> Email Postdoctoral Affairs at postdoc@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, mentoring, 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.


Asya Gorlova

Graduate Associate, Postdoctoral Affairs

Asya is a Ph.D. Student in Second Langauge Acquisition and Teaching at the University of Arizona. She holds an MA in Linguistics from Saint Petersburg University in Russia and an MA in Russian and Slavonic Studies from the University of Missouri. She has been working as a language instructor for the last ten years. Asya has taught English as a Second Langauge courses for children and adults and university Russian courses. Her main research interests are in adult and refugee language education, literacy development, multiliteracies, and ESL.



Tom Knapp

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 in 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 creates and disseminates 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.