Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders
Professor of Communication Sciences and Disorders
Office Address: HHS 188
• Ph.D., Indiana University (Bloomington), 1984
• M.S., University of Vermont (Burlington), 1977
Having begun as an Assistant Professor at WCU in 1984, I am honored to serve and represent Western as its Robert Lee Madison Distinguished Professor. I continue to enjoy teaching undergraduate and graduate courses, providing clinical service and instruction to people who stutter and their families, engaging in research related to stuttering and professional preparation, and serving the university and larger community. I am thrilled that my work has provided me with opportunities to teach, research, and provide clinical service on six continents. In fall 2010, I introduced a graduate elective (International Perspectives on CSD), one component of which was traveling with graduate students to work with people who stutter and their clinicians and families at Obcanské sdružení LOGO (Brno, Czech Republic). Since then, seven of the Czech colleagues visited WCU and made professional presentations. Four of our guests indicated that Cullowhee was their first experience in the USA. Plans are underway to repeat our visit with students to the Czech Republic and to expand this elective to other countries and cultures.
As a faculty, we remain busy and involved in our respective disciplines. Several organizations are close to my heart, particularly the International Fluency Association (IFA) and the International Stuttering Association (ISA). I am a Board Certified Specialist in Fluency and Fluency Disorders and a Fellow of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. I was honored to receive IFA's Award of Distinction for Outstanding Clinician in Dublin, Ireland and served as IFA President from 2012-2014. I am currently serving as IFA’s Past President, one responsibility of which was to convene IFA’s 8th World Congress on Fluency Disorders in Lisbon, Portugal (July 2015). At this meeting, professionals (Speech-Language Pathologists, Speech Scientists, and Researchers) and people who stutter from 32 countries/six continents gathered together in one place to share experiences and perspectives and to learn from each other.
I served on the Inaugural Specialty Board on Fluency Disorders and participated in all of the World Congresses of the International Fluency Association and the African Stuttering Conferences. With a colleague from France in Cameroon (2005) and Burkina Faso (2008), I provided clinical service and instruction to people who stutter from over 20 African nations. My current research continues to address multinational perspectives on stuttering intervention and is expanding to the assumptions and practices of indigenous healers and intervention with native populations. I am very pleased that the second edition of my book (Stuttering Intervention: A Collaborative Journey to Fluency Freedom, PRO-ED, 2011) continues to find a wide international audience.
I think you will see that our department is comprised not only of bright students and faculty, but people who work hard, have fun, and do well at doing good. I might add that my wife, Kay, and I have two adult children, Sarah and Aaron, both of whom work professionally and live independently. When not working, I enjoy family time and hiking, camping, fly fishing, bicycling, kayaking, and traveling.