Van Riper Lecture
The Van Riper Lectures began in 1981, honoring Dr. Charles Van Riper, a pioneer in the field of speech-language pathology and audiology and founder of the speech pathology and audiology program at WMU. The series brings nationally recognized experts for pre-service and in-service training on topics in communication disorders in addition to important educational experiences for speech-language pathology and audiology professionals.
This year's keynote speaker is Dr. Charles Ellis Jr., a professor and chair of the Department of Speech Language and Hearing Sciences at the University of Florida. He is a licensed and certified speech-language pathologist who received his bachelor's and master’s degrees from The University of Georgia and a Ph.D. from the University of Florida. His academic concentration focuses on adult neurogenic disorders and he teaches courses related to aphasia and cognitive disorders. His research is designed to understand outcomes associated with adult neurologically based disorders of communication and factors that contribute to the lack of equity in service provision and outcome disparities that exist among African Americans and other underrepresented groups.
For more information, including the complete agenda, visit the Van Riper Lecture webpage.