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About Jess

Jess Dunn

Instructional Consultant for TAs


Current Role

Jess's position at CTE supports graduate students preparing for college teaching across the disciplines. In addition to facilitating CTE workshops, Jess also consult with graduate TAs on topics related to teaching and learning, including preparation, assessment, and classroom management. Her other responsibilities involve managing various components of the CTE website, developing teaching resources, and offering consultation for TAs who are preparing to enter the job market and would like to review statements of teaching philosophy, cover letters, and CVs.

Education and Experience

Jess earned her B.A. in Psychology from Goucher College in 2006, followed by her Master's Degree in Clinical Psychology in 2008 from Towson University. She held the position of part-time lecturer at Johns Hopkins University. During her three years at Hopkins, she acted as teaching assistant for over a dozen different classes, mentored to students interested in pursuing a career in the field of Clinical and Counseling Psychology, and created and taught a course entitled Psychology and Film that ran for three consecutive years. Jess studied, worked, and lived in and around Baltimore, MD for most of her life until relocating to Pittsburgh in 2011 to pursue a doctorate in Clinical Psychology at Duquesne University. As a T.A. at Duquesne, Jess taught Introduction to Psychology, Psychological Disorders, and most recently Special Topics: Media and Madness.

Although she has always studied and worked within the field of psychology, Jess considers herself an academic omnivore. Her academic interests include psychoanalysis, schizoanalysis, post-structuralism, critical psychology, and media and film studies with particular focus on the works of Freud, Lacan, Deleuze, Guattari, Derrida and Foucault. Jess is currently working on her doctoral dissertation exploring the social, psychological and philosophical importance of the contemporary zombie film genre and its particular relevance to queerness as identity, process, and praxis. Jess's other interests include horror and stealth-based video games, all genres of film, graphic novels, and found object art.