Thomas Jefferson University

Our Staff


Meg Baltes
Student Affairs Coordinator
(215) 503-5805

Contact Meg with questions about JeffSecure or accommodations for a health condition.

Meg graduated from the University of Pittsburgh with bachelor’s degrees in Sociology and Urban Studies, and a certificate in Children’s Literature. She also works with the Career Development Center coordinating employer events and outreach.

Meg enjoys reading, creative projects, and spending time outside.

Eileen Cunniffe, MS

Eileen Cunniffe, MS
Assistant Director, Student Writing Center
(215) 955-1402

Contact Eileen about anything related to the Student Writing Center at Jefferson’s Center City Campus, which also supports Abington students and those enrolled as distance learners in programs based in Center City.

Faculty members are welcome to reach out for support for individual students or to request presentations on academic writing topics for classes or programs.

Eileen is a writer and editor with deep experience in healthcare-related writing and communication. She has worked as a medical writer and editor in a hospital setting and in a medical publishing house. She was a public affairs professional in the pharmaceutical industry, where she often worked with clinicians and researchers. She holds bachelor’s degrees in English and the Honors Program from Villanova University and a master’s degree in organizational dynamics from the University of Pennsylvania.

Eileen volunteers as a “citizen journalist” for Nonprofit Quarterly, most often covering arts and culture topics. She also writes and publishers literary nonfiction.

Jim Dyksen

Jim Dyksen, MSEd
Director, Academic Support Services
(215) 503-2787

Contact Jim about anything related to Academic Support - if you’re a student seeking to schedule an academic support appointment but can’t find a timeslot suitable to your schedule; if you have any questions about resources or support available across campus; or if you might be interested in being part of peer academic support efforts.  

Reach out if you’re faculty seeking to request workshops for students – either in-class or supplemental, referring a student for academic coaching, looking to schedule tutor training (or discuss other ways we can facilitate tutoring), or are interested in exploring other ways we can support students.

Jim has more than 15 years of experience teaching and advising in higher education. He has a Bachelor’s degree in English, a Master’s Degree in English and Creative Writing, and a master’s degree in Education, focused on teaching English to speakers of other languages. He worked for a number of years in Penn’s English Language Program as an ESL instructor and then as Advising Manager. Notably, while at Penn as a graduate student, he also worked for the Learning Resources Center and that experience fueled an interest in learning science and study strategies.

Academic support services at Jeff offers the opportunity to work with a diverse population of intelligent, talented, motivated learners and he enjoys helping students thoughtfully make adjustments and learn more effectively in their programs.

Jim has also focused on writing instruction throughout his career in education and has worked as a writing instructor and writing center tutor at several universities in the Philadelphia area. He continues to work on writing projects in non-fiction and fiction and enjoys opportunities to encourage creative writing for students here at Jeff. Jim also had a brief career in selling rare first edition and antiquarian books. He’s a music fan and Philadelphia sports fan and is happy to talk about either anytime.

Jennifer Fogerty

Jennifer Fogerty, MSEd
Associate Provost for Student Affairs
(215) 503-6335

Contact Jennifer about anything related to accommodations for a health condition, Title IX or sexual misconduct violations, grievances, policy guidance and grade appeals, or general guidance and questions about life at Jefferson.

Jennifer earned a Bachelor's in Sociology from Rutgers University and a master's in Education from the University of Pennsylvania. She has over 20 years of experience working within student affairs, with a focus on academic support services, disability services, policy development, Title IX, and student conduct. 

While at Peirce College in Philadelphia, Jennifer oversaw the administration of the SSS, Act101, and Perkins grant programs for academically and financially disadvantaged students. This included remedial education planning, managing disability accommodations and overseeing all academic support, including tutoring. Jennifer brought this experience to Thomas Jefferson University, where she continues to oversee all academic support services and disability accommodations. Her role as Assistant Provost also includes strategic planning and development for the Student Affairs Division.

Wesley Hood

Wesley Hood, MFA
Student Writing Center Tutor

Wesley is a professional writing tutor at Jefferson’s Student Writing Center.

He is a writer and educator with experience in all forms and styles of writing. He has worked in writing centers at several colleges and universities, as well as a writing tutor in the public school system in Salem, MA. He holds a bachelor’s degree in English and Nonfiction Writing from the University of Pittsburgh and is a recent graduate of the University of New Hampshire’s Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing program, where he specialized in Nonfiction Writing.

In addition to educating others on all things writing, Wesley writes and publishes creative nonfiction, lyric essay, and poetry.

Mondays - Fridays
8am - 5pm  

Edison Building
18th Floor
(215) 503-6335
(215) 503-2787


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