Jennifer Loessy

Position
Manager, Center of Collaborative History
Title
Program and Budget Manager
Office Phone
Office
118 Dickinson Hall
Bio/Description

As the Program and Budget Manager of the Center for Collaborative History (CCH), Jennifer oversees the department’s many working groups; supports faculty members who are working together on research projects, conferences, and symposia; provides financial management for large collaborative research grants from external sources; coordinates short-term visitorships; and coordinates and monitors collaborative projects with other academic institutions, both domestic and international.

Jennifer also manages the Global History Lab (GHL) programming that remains housed in the Department of History and is under the direction of Professor Jeremy Adelman. For GHL, she oversees the Global History Workshop, coordinates international scholarly exchanges, and provides financial management for the lab's initiatives involving world history.

After the university shut down to in-person education in March 2020 due to the Covid-19 pandemic, Jennifer pivoted in her daily tasks to focus on: training faculty on Zoom, providing technical co-hosting, coordinating a series of technical training seminars during June - July 2020, and one-on-one training with faculty members to ensure the technical skills needed for online teaching. She also conducted departmental training on the Learning Management System, Canvas.

Prior to joining the Department of History in 2015, Jennifer worked at The Graduate School at Princeton University from 2013-2015 as the Coordinator for the Office of Diversity and Inclusion. There, Jennifer supported the Office of Diversity and Inclusion with programming, recruiting, retention, financial management, and the PSURE summer program. From 2007-2013, Jennifer was the Events & Publications Coordinator for the Center for African American Studies (now Department of African American Studies). She has earned two certificates from Princeton University: Management Development Certificate Program (through the Office of Human Resources) and the Business Technologies Certificate Program (through the Office of Information & Technology). Jennifer is an active member of the Academic Managers Group (AMG) previously participating in the volunteer sub-committee and most recently as the co-chair of the conference sub-committee from 2018-2020.

Jennifer is a proud double alumna of Temple University. She received her Bachelor's of Business Administration (BBA) with a major in marketing and a minor in Human Resources in 1998, and a Master of Art (Art History) in 2002. Her graduate studies were focused on Italian Renaissance and Baroque art. Written under the direction of Professors Tracy E. Cooper *90 and Marcia Hall, her thesis was entitled “Jacopo Tintoretto’s Paintings of the Raising of Lazarus as Plague Imagery”.

In her free time, Jennifer enjoys spending time with her family, traveling, knitting, listening to audio books, and is an active member of her church, St. Luke's Episcopal Church in Newtown, PA. She is currently serving a three-year term (2018-2021) on the church's vestry and is currently in charge of communications for the church. 

See Jennifer for help concerning:

  • Zoom 
  • Canvas
  • PowerPoint
  • Basic video editing
  • Funding requests for lectures, conferences, symposia, workshops, and seminar series both inside and outside the department
  • Assistance in estimating an event budget
  • Processing invoices, travel reimbursements, and honoraria associated with guest speakers  
  • Posting events on department web site
  • Updating the website pages for the Center for Collaborative History, Global History Lab, and the corresponding subpages
  • Managing workshop coordinators and the yearly open calls
  • Scheduling and organizing special events (colloquia, conferences, workshops)
  • Reserving rooms in Dickinson Hall for special events
  • Managing funds (including external research grants) for collaborative projects
  • Composing and disseminating the weekly CCH E-Newsletter
  • Graphic design and photo editing
  • Mailing lists