Staff Spotlight: Kwai Lin Kennedy
Every month, the Teaching Center features individual staff members so you can get to learn a bit about who we are and what we do. Today, we’re featuring Kwai Lin Kennedy, who is an educational software support assistant in our Educational Software Consulting group.
Q: What work experiences led you to this position with the University Center for Teaching and Learning?
A: I graduated from Pitt in 2018 and shortly after got a job working at a small Microsoft kiosk as a sales associate. After a few months, I was promoted from part-time to full-time and was on a pathway to becoming a Learning Specialist (someone who works on internal instructional design and “Train the Trainer” type of projects). Then we all lost our jobs because Microsoft decided to shut down almost all their kiosks across the country. I was extremely lucky when I found this job posting and I feel even luckier getting to work on exciting projects with amazing people who all support each others’ professional and personal development.
Q: What’s the most exciting project you’re working on right now? What makes it so interesting?
A: I actually just finished a project that I am very proud of! I got to create the graphics for the badges people receive through Pitt’s Mentoring Academy. I had previously created these badges two years ago when I first started and I wanted to redo them as I felt like I grew immensely as a designer. I was able to create a set of badges that were all much more legible, simple, and much more cohesive than the last time, and it was a fun experiment to see how much I’ve learned and developed as an artist in only two years!
Q: What do you love most about your job and why?
A: Hands down, the people I work with. My team and supervisors are the best group of people to work through a pandemic with! They remind me to believe in myself and my abilities and to also take care of myself and to rest when needed. I have always felt supported by my colleagues not only in my work, but also just as a person, and that is something I will forever be grateful for.