Jill comes from a family of adult learners, including her mom. Contributing a sense of hope and reassurance to returning students is the most fulfilling part of her job.

jill dubnansky, student services

When Jill began working with the University Without Walls as a work-study student three years ago, she wasn’t expecting her career to begin here. But while she was busy planning out a future in the arts industry, she grew to become part of not only an office staff, but also a believer in the work of assisting adult students in completing their bachelor’s degrees. 

Jill has two aunts who completed their bachelor’s degrees as non-traditional students, in addition to her mother who recently completed her associate’s degree and will continue her education even further. These close relationships with adult learners and her own twenty-year span as a student have shaped her affinity for guiding students toward their educational goals. Contributing a sense of hope and reassurance to returning students is the most fulfilling part of her job. 

She’s fascinated by the interesting lives and struggles of UWW’s students and admires their courage for reentering a challenging life of academia. Jill received her bachelor’s degree in Art History this past May. With an ever-present love for learning, she hopes to pursue a graduate degree in the future, focusing in education or resuming her unfinished plans for the art world.

educational background

B.A., Art History, University of Massachusetts Amherst

personal interests

Leisurely reading, outdoor running, amateur interior decorating, spending hours in art museums (specifically the Italian Renaissance section), big hopes of traveling through Europe (i.e. wandering around museums in Florence and eating gelato everyday).