I’m very pleased to introduce this issue of HearSay, the newsletter of the Department of Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences. This has already proven to be a busy academic year with the arrival of our new crop of first years, and post-baccalaureate students. Clinic began the second week in September and all is going smoothly.
Perhaps the biggest news that I would like to share is the creation of a PhD program in Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences. After considerable discussion and planning the GW Council on Doctoral Education approved the program in April. It will start up in 2020 with three students per year. For the following three years the program will grow by an additional three students per year for a total of 12 by 2024. Read more about this exciting development in this issue.
We’ve also created a new mechanism for ensuring that we all have an opportunity to get together during the semester, the result of both student and faculty/staff discussions. Project INTERACT has begun, with regular meeting planned for outside speakers, research discussions and other academic and clinical topics of interest.
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We are pleased to greet new supervisors in the Speech and Hearing Center. Andrea Toomey will be involved with the pediatric track, and Drs. Phyllip Taylor-Alonso and Nicole Jordan have joined as audiologists.
We just noted the 18 month anniversary of the Alumni Council. They planned a very successful series of events in the spring and are actively planning for the alumni get-together during the 2019 American Speech Language Hearing Association (ASHA) Convention in Boston. Please do check out the alumni corner of this issue.
I want to again thank all of those who have supported the department during the past year. Alumni support takes many forms, from philanthropy to participation in events like the annual clinic conversations to engaging our graduate students as externs. Your engagement adds to the quality of the program.
Jim Mahshie, Chair