Jen’s career in higher education began in student affairs supporting students’ academic progress through roles in academic support services, disability services, and academic advising. She started working in faculty development supervising developmental English and first-year seminar courses at the Community College of Vermont (CCV) while retaining student advising and TRIO responsibilities. She eventually shifted into an Educational Developer role at the Center for Teaching & Learning at the University of Vermont (UVM) before moving to Vermont State University. She continues to teach an interdisciplinary first-year seminar course, part-time at CCV. She received her BS in Environmental Studies and her MEd in Higher Education and Student Affairs, both from UVM. She is a voracious reader, self-professed public radio nerd, passionate women’s soccer fan, birder, and all-around nature-lover.