• Dedicated golfers

    2019 SAA Charity Golf Tournament

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  • Staff and faculty

    2019 faculty and staff retreat

  • Auditory lab

    Dr. Jing Shen receives NIH grant to study hearing in noise.

  • Ron Kelley retires

    Clinical instructor Ron Kelley retires after 13 years.

  • Balance and the inner ear

logoThe faculty and staff of Western Michigan University's Department of Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences are committed to educating the next generation of speech, language and hearing professionals through unique academic, research and clinical opportunities. Through this program, students enhance their knowledge and develop essential skills and competencies in evaluation, diagnosis, rehabilitation and prevention, as well as research, education and administration. Our graduates are maximally effective in providing clinical services to individuals of all ages with speech, language and hearing impairments.

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Fall Research Colloquium

Friday, December 6 from 3 to 5 p.m.   |  CHHS room 2073
Refreshments will follow presentations from faculty members:

Dr. Jing Shen - The Influences of Hearing and Cognitive Abilities on Older Adults’ Speech Perception under Challenging Conditions
Dr. Hope Gerlach - First Disclosure Experiences, Motivations, and Outcomes among Adults who Stutter
Dr. Robin Criter - Subjective Hearing Difficulty and Risk of Falls


Shannon Robinson

Student to participate in scholars in linguistics program 

SLHS undergraduate student Shannon Robinson has been selected for the UC-HBCU National Science Foundation scholars in linguistics program. This program supports participation in an on-line linguistic course and mentoring community, paired with a summer research opportunity.

We are proud to have Shannon representing WMU and excited for her to share her knowledge and experience with us as well.


WMU presents at ASHA 2019

A number of our faculty presented at the 2019 ASHA convention held in Orlando, Florida in November. Below is a list of presentations and when they were available at the convention.

Author Title of Presentation Session # Date Time
Laura DeThorne* Autism & Neurodiversity: Reimagining the strengths of the Human Spectrum Reimagining Strategies to Facilitate Peer Interaction for Students on the Autism Spectrum Using Supports-Based Approaches 1312 1977 Friday Saturday 7:30am 5:00pm
Yvette Hyter Parents & Teachers as Informants About Pragmatic & Social Language Abilities 9083 Saturday 8:00am
Hope Gerlach* Stuttering and the Psychosocial Consequences of Managing a Concealable Stigmatized Identity: Research and Clinical Implications Anticipation of Stuttering: A Panel Discussion on Theory, Research, and Clinical Implications 1372  1773 Friday  Saturday 10:00am  9:00am 
Steve Tasko Unleashing the Power of Praat Analysis: An Introduction to Scripting 8685 Friday 11:00am
Ann Tyler* Educational Frameworks of Related Professions: Is there Something We Can Learn? 1485 Friday 2:00pm
Jing Shen* Cognitive Screening in the Audiology Clinic (Short Course) SC07 Thursday 2:00pm
Nicki Nelson When Tests Disagree: Resolving Contradictions with Evidence Case Studies of Concussion Recovery in Student Athletes (not presenting) Assessment of Concussion in Collegiate Athletes using Story Retell (not presenting) 1553 9198 4670 Friday Saturday Saturday 3:30pm 11:00am 2:30pm
Linda Shuster Case Studies of Concussion Recovery in Student Athletes (Not Presenting) Assessment of Concussion in Collegiate Athletes using Story Retell (Not presenting) 9198 4670 Saturday Saturday 11:00am 2:30am

 * will be in attendance


Alumna receives the Fellowship of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA)

Dr. Sarah Wallace, a 2005 graduate of the Master's program in speech-language pathology, received the Fellowship of ASHA at the 2019 ASHA Annual Convention in Orlando.  The Fellowship is one of the highest honors awarded by ASHA.  Dr. Wallace, who also completed a certificate in gerontology while at Western, is an Associate Professor at Duquesne University.  Congratulations, Sarah!!

2019 Newsletter

In early May, we published our 2019 newsletter. It includes updates from the department and information about what's going on with our faculty, students and alumni.


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Employment opportunities

Open positions

The department currently has two open faculty specialist positions. Click below for more information about the postings.

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