Welcome to the Speech-Language-Hearing Sciences Department website.
Welcome to the ’20-’21 school year! I would like to introduce myself as the new Chair of the Department of Speech-Language Hearing Sciences beginning July 1st, 2020. I am thrilled to be Chair of this vibrant and productive undergraduate and graduate community. Despite the challenges last spring brought by the Covid-19 virus, we persevered both as a university and personally. Looking ahead, we are also taking seriously the structural racism that the recent deaths of Rashard Brooks, George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and countless others have called us in to taking action. With your help we will develop actionable items to assist us in dismantling a racist culture to create a more inclusive environment, leading us toward a just and equitable world.
As we are confronted with the work ahead of us, I also want to take a moment to celebrate some of our accomplishments. Our graduate program was re-accredited this past fall with flying colors; demonstrating evidence of compliance in all of the standards assessed! U.S. News and World Report ranked our graduate program as number 82 in the “2021 Best Graduate Schools” for speech-language pathology. We are very proud of our graduate program.
Our undergraduate program continues to attract highly motivated students who earn hundreds of hours of service often related to their major through the Center for Community Service and Justice, and student run clubs such as the National Student Speech-Language Hearing Association, Action for Autism, American Sign Language Club, and Together for Down Syndrome.
While this year’s Undergraduate Research Symposium and the graduate Emerging Scholars event were both cancelled due to the Covid-19 virus there were multiple undergraduate and graduate students poised to present research. The department recognizes several of our graduate theses students, Kourtney Wathen, Rebecca Grossman, and Shelby Ford, who presented their research findings at the annual national convention in Orlando, Florida for speech-language pathologists and audiologists.
Students learn under the guidance of dedicated and talented faculty. This department has plenty of excellent models. This past year, Dr. Lisa Schoenbrodt received multiple grants with a colleague, whose work has focused on training law enforcement and first responders to communicate better with people with intellectual disabilities and developmental disabilities during crisis situations. Dr. Donna Pitts and Dr. Kathleen Ward also received a grant that assessed the effects of hearing aid use on health determinants of low-income seniors. Finally, a large number of faculty presented their research at the annual American Speech-Language Hearing Association (ASHA) convention in November of 2019.
We are proud of our students and faculty and look forward to seeing our students back on campus at the end of August! I am confident we will have many more accomplishments to share next year.
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Dr. Marie Kerins, Ed.D., CCC-SLP, FNAP
Department of Speech-Language-Hearing Sciences