Welcome to the Speech-Language-Hearing Sciences Department website.
Welcome to the 2021-22 school year! I am very much looking forward to being on campus. I have missed the regular student, staff, and faculty contact, but have also come to appreciate the flexibility afforded by technology. I aim to integrate technology this year where it makes the most sense and appreciate the face-to-face encounters that I used to take for granted. While much has changed, some things remain the same. We continue to be a vibrant and engaged undergraduate and graduate department. I am particularly proud of the work we accomplished last year in the area of anti-racism and social justice training for both faculty and students. We are committed to continuing this work and have developed a living Anti-Racism and Justice Statement which I invite you to read. We also have a group of dedicated undergraduate, graduate and alumni students who will serve as an advisory board for promoting our work around anti-racism and social justice.
There is much to celebrate as we look at our accomplishments during this last pandemic year. We celebrated our inaugural year of a student initiated and run chapter of the National Black Association for Speech-Language and Hearing. Our program officers Rebecca Saint Paul, JeMeg Wayne, and Simone Roberts led us in a host of activities and were named and awarded Affiliate Chapter of the Year! Their work was complemented by faculty and graduate student training led by several renowned speakers that included Megan-Brette Hamilton and Dionna Latimer-Hearn who spoke on culturally responsive assessment and intervention practices and helped us think more deeply about our own cultural identities. One of our four graduate students completing a thesis, Mairin Srygley, successfully defended her thesis in which she demonstrated significant findings in her anti-racism training for first year students.
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 eight student run clubs such as the National Student Speech-Language Hearing Association, Action for Autism, American Sign Language Club, and Together for Down Syndrome. We encourage our undergraduate students to participate in the Undergraduate Research Colloquium under the guidance of a faculty mentor. Similarly, at the graduate level, students may select the thesis option under the guidance of a faculty mentor. This past year we had four students successfully defend their theses: Amanda Spaeth, Mairin Srygley, Devon Terwilliger, and Kristen Wollschlager. Several of these graduates and their mentors had their research accepted for the annual American Speech-Language Hearing Association’s national convention this November in Washington, D.C.
Students learn under the guidance of dedicated and talented faculty. We have engaged faculty who were selected by the university as a High Impact Practice Fellows (Brianne Roos) and an Equity and Inclusion Fellow (Theresa Alexander). Other honors included a grant award to Dr. Lisa Schoenbrodt for her continued work on virtual training of law enforcement and first responders to communicate better with people with intellectual disabilities and developmental disabilities during crisis situations. One of our aphasia treatment groups, under the guidance of Cindy Nichols, was selected as a Beta site for the book, Identify Theft: Rediscovering Ourselves after Stroke by Debra Meyerson.
We are immensely proud of our students and faculty in SLHS! We value the support and insight of our students and alumni in many ways and hope that you will reach out to us through our Facebook page! We look forward to another exciting year!
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Dr. Marie Kerins, Ed.D., CCC-SLP, FNAP
Department of Speech-Language-Hearing Sciences