American Speech-Language-Hearing Association

Interested in an Academic/Research Career in Communication Sciences and Disorders?

Although faculty engage in teaching, research/scholarly activities, and service, the balance across these categories varies across universities. These career profiles introduce you to 19 individuals who work in academic/research settings. Those profiled share advice for others considering an academic/research career and discuss why they chose to pursue an academic/research career, what they like most (and least) about their career, and much more. The profiles capture the variety of academic/research career opportunities in communication sciences and disorders.

Julie Anderson Julie D. Anderson
Assistant Professor
Department of Speech and Hearing Sciences
Indiana University-Bloomington

Ruth Bentler Ruth Bentler
Department of Speech Pathology and Audiology
The University of Iowa

Craig Champlin Craig A. Champlin
Professor & Chair
Department of Communication Sciences & Disorders
University of Texas at Austin

Kirstin Chiasson Kirstin E. Chiasson
Director, Audiology Clinic
Cascade ENT & Facial Plastic Surgery
Klamath Falls, Oregon

Shelley Gray Shelley I. Gray
Assistant Professor
Department of Speech and Hearing Science
Arizona State University

Sarah Hargus Ferguson Sarah Hargus Ferguson
Assistant Professor
Department of Speech-Language-Hearing
University of Kansas

Tiffany Hogan Tiffany Hogan
PhD Candidate
Department of Speech-Language-Hearing
University of Kansas

Kathy Jakielski Kathy Jakielski
Associate Professor/Program Director
Communication Sciences and Disorders
Augustana College, Rock Island, Illinois

Iris Johnson Iris A. Johnson
Associate Professor
Department of Speech Pathology and Audiology
Tennessee State University

Joan Kadaravek Joan Kaderavek
Early Childhood, Special, and Physical Education Department
University of Toledo

Karen Kirk Karen Iler Kirk
Professor, Department of Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences
Purdue University
Adjunct Professor, Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery
Indiana University School of Medicine, Indianapolis

Brenda Lonsbury-Martin Brenda L. Lonsbury-Martin
Research Service
Jerry Pettis Memorial Veterans Medical Center
Loma Linda, California

Christy Ludlow Christy L. Ludlow
Chief, Laryngeal and Speech Section, Medical Neurology Branch
Clinical Neurosciences Program, Intramural Research
National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke
National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, Maryland

Mary Moeller Mary Pat Moeller
Center for Childhood Deafness
Boys Town National Research Hospital, Omaha, Nebraska

Bernard Rousseau Bernard Rousseau
Assistant Professor
Department of Otolaryngology
Vanderbilt University

Susan Thibeault Susan Thibeault
Assistant Professor
Division of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, Department of Surgery
University of Wisconsin-Madison

Travis Threats Travis T. Threats
Professor and Chair
Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders
Saint Louis University

Jennel Vick Jennell C. Vick
PhD Student and Research Assistant
Department of Speech and Hearing Sciences
University of Washington

Richard Wilson Richard H. Wilson
Senior Research Career Scientist, VA Medical Center
Mountain Home, Tennessee
Professor, Departments of Surgery and Communicative Disorders
East Tennessee State University

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