In May we graduated 37 students from the MS-SLP program, eight AuD graduates, and three new PhDs. We again saw a 100% pass rate on the national Praxis Examination and perhaps most importantly, we saw essentially full employment of our graduates from all degree programs.
Some of the highlights related to our educational activities included a new Multicultural Training grant from the U.S. Department of Education co-directed by Betsy Crais and Cara McComish. We were also pleased to see renewal of a supplemental grant in pediatric audiology through our collaboration with the NC-LEND program. The AuD program added a new partnership with Mission Hospital in Asheville to provide clinical training of fourth-year AuD students in conjunction with the first comprehensive pediatric audiology program to serve NC.
Outstanding scholarship was also in evidence through 24 faculty publications and 58 presentations at state and national meetings, many with students as co-authors or co-presenters. Individual accomplishments included Adam Jacks’ new NIH grant (RO3) “Auditory masking effects on speech fluency in apraxia of speech,” Sharon Williams’ selection for the second year of UNC’s ACademic Career Leadership Academy in Medicine (ACCLAIM) program, and Linda Watson’s selection as a UNC Faculty Engaged Scholar with the Carolina Center for Public Service. We also learned that Linda will be honored as an ASHA Fellow at the convention in November. Our faculty again provided an abundance of professional service through their roles on various editorial boards, executive councils, and advisory committees; Stephanie Sjoblad served as President of the NC Chapter of the American Academy of Audiology; and Lisa Domby was instrumental in elevating the credentialing of SLPs in Guatemala (see article on page 3). Finally we were pleased to welcome two outstanding new faculty colleagues: Lauren Calandruccio, PhD, and Patricia Johnson, AuD.
We look forward to an exciting year as we welcome incoming students in August from a record number of outstanding applicants to all three degree programs. As always we appreciate the engagement of our alumni and friends and thank you for your loyal support. Best wishes for an enjoyable summer.
Jackson Roush, PhD
Director, Division of Speech and Hearing Sciences