Jessica Zeitler

Jessica Zeitler

Instructional Designer
Jessica Zeitler

Jessica Zeitler, Ph.D., is an Instructional Designer. Before joining the University Center for Assessment, Teaching, and Technology team at The University of Arizona, Jessica worked as an Instructional Designer and World Languages Faculty in Spanish for Pima Community College. 

She is an alumnus of the University of Arizona where she earned a Ph.D. in Medieval and Golden Age Spanish Literature and Near Eastern Studies. Jessica earned a Master’s Degree in Spanish Literature from the University of Arkansas and also has a Master of Science in Education with a focus on Instructional Design from the University of Wisconsin-Stout.  The focus of her dissertation research was the development of educational practices and spaces as well as the establishment of the first institutions of higher education in medieval Spain and the Mediterranean. 

Jessica’s research interests include Agile development, equity, inclusion, belonging, mentoring, online education, and UX design. In addition to her work in instructional design, Jessica has taught undergraduate Spanish Language, Literature, and Civilization courses at the University of Arizona and led workshops on educational technology. Recently, she has presented and published internationally on medieval gender representation, presented at multiple instructional designs and equity conferences, and designed and hosted a virtual Design Challenge (a project-based experiential learning event) for undergraduate students. 

Jessica is an avid language learner (foreign languages or computer languages) and a long-distance runner. In her free time, Jessica listens to podcasts, writes, travels, and spends time with family and friends.


  • Ph.D. Medieval & Golden Age Spanish Literature and Culture, Minor Near Eastern Studies, University of Arizona
  • M.Ed. Instructional Design, University of Arizona
  • M.A. Spanish Literature, University of Arizona
  • B.A. Spanish, Arizona State University