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.
Joan Palmiter Bajorek, MA
Graduate Research Associate & Webmaster, Postdoctoral Affairs
A Portland native, Joan is a second year doctoral student in the Second Language Acquisition and Teaching Program (SLAT) at the University of Arizona. A Finalist in the UA Grad Slam Competition in 2017, her research explores data-driven approaches to language education and pronunciation development, in a similar vein to Rosetta Stone and Duolingo. Currently, she is the lead curriculum designer for a language education juvenile prison project in Tucson, Arizona.
In 2013, Joan received a French BA with Honors and Photography BFA from the University of Washington in Seattle and then she worked for the French Ministry of Education in Toulouse, France. She earned an MA in Linguistics in 2016 from the University of California, Davis, where she worked as an Associate Instructor of French and served on the Executive Council for the Graduate Student Association.
Outside of academia, Joan enjoys hiking, cooking, playing the guitar, and running to French and Spanish pop music. She is a professional photographer and graphic designer whose work concentrates on abstracts and portraits. Her work has been featured extensively in Seattle: Jacob Lawrence Gallery, Skinny and Room 9 Galleries, and at UW’s website, Medical Center, Daily Newspaper, Art Building Lobby, and Health Center, Bricolage: Literary & Visual Arts Journal, as well as the Pence Gallery in Davis, CA. To view her photographic work, visit: http://cargocollective.com/joanpalmiterbajorek