Jeanette Ortiz is the Director of Undergraduate Programs and Advising with the School of Communication and a lecturer in the Roxelyn and Richard Pepper Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders. In addition to supporting students in achieving their educational and professional goals, she assists in implementing the School’s undergraduate programs and initiatives. Prior to her director role, Jeanette served as the assistant chair of the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders, where she advised the department’s undergraduate majors and minors.
After completing her bachelor’s degree with a major in Japanese language, Jeanette worked at Panasonic Corporation’s headquarters in Japan as an editor of internal communications media. To pursue her interests in language, music, and the brain, she returned to the Chicago area, and earned both of her graduate degrees from Northwestern University. Her master’s thesis in linguistics focused on the effects of stress and clear speech on consonant acoustics, and her doctoral dissertation in the area of audiology and hearing sciences investigated perceptual learning on basic auditory tasks. She incorporates her backgrounds in acoustic phonetics and psychoacoustics into her introductory course on hearing and speech acoustics, and advises undergraduate students in The Communicating Brain module. Outside of academics, Jeanette’s interests include music, travel, and dance, and she is a former instructor and company member of Latin Street Music and Dancing Studio.