Get to Know Jen Zaligson

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Jen Zaligson

Instructional Designer
Office of Employee Benefits


Jen Zaligson in front of her very impressively large lettuce head

What are your primary job responsibilities?
I create informational benefits materials for employees and retirees and collaborate on internal resources for our institutional HR/Benefits Office staff. If you’ve ever watched UT System’s annual enrollment or benefits videos, that’s my voice you’re hearing!

What do you most enjoy about your job?
I am incredibly lucky to work with a team of people that inspire me, encourage me and make me laugh. I love that I have space to learn new skills, combine them with what’s already in my bag of tricks and see projects come to life.

What is a book or movie that has inspired you – and why?
My friend bought me the book That Cheese Plate Will Change Your Life for my birthday. I find immense joy in creating delicious and pretty dishes for people, and this book inspired me to work on my cheese-plate game.

What do you do to disconnect or de-stress?
Walking outside with my dog, Kari Bear, is my favorite way to disconnect and de-stress. I also tend to my outdoor hydroponic garden stand. Watching the herbs, veggies and edible flowers grow puts a smile on my face. And when the water cycles through the stand, I’ve got a relaxing water feature!

Who is currently playing on your Spotify playlist?
Maggie Rogers. I originally discovered her through the NPR Tiny Desk Concert series. I love having her music on in the background while I work.