Ashley L. Dockens

Director of Audiology

Associate Professor of Speech and Hearing Sciences
Office: Speech and Hearing Building, Room 120-L
Phone: 409-880-8181
Admissions Inquiries: audiology@lamar.edu
Email: adockens@lamar.edu

 
EDUCATION


Ph.D.     Doctor of Philosophy Communication Sciences & Disorders
  •  University of South Alabama, Mobile, Alabama
  • Focus on higher education and administration
  • Pre-Dissertation: The effects of gender on comfortable loudness levels acceptable noise levels in young normal hearing listeners
  • Dissertation: The relationship between comfortable loudness and behavioral auditory dynamic range in older listeners with and without sensorineural hearing loss
 
Au.D.   Doctor of Audiology Clinical Audiology
  • University of South Alabama, Mobile, Alabama
  • Major clinical focus: Aural rehabilitation, Hearing technologies, Auditory processing disorder therapies
  • National Association of Future Doctors of Audiology (NAFDA), Mobile chapter, National Representative
  • Marjorie Faircloth Clinical Excellence Award – Awarded to a 3rd year doctoral student who exhibits clinical skill and evidence-based practice above and beyond expected level
  • Alpha Eta Honors Society for Allied Health
 
B.S.     Bachelor of Science Communication Sciences & Disorders
  •  University of Montevallo, Montevallo, Alabama
  • Lambda Pi Eta Honors Society in Communication Sciences and Disorders
  • Phi Kappa Phi Honors Society
  • Golden Key International Honor Society

A.A.     Associates of Arts General Studies, Theatre & Literature concentration
  • Northeast Alabama Community College, Rainsville, Alabama
  • English Honors Society
  • Mu Alpha Theta Mathematics Honor Society
  • Who’s Who Among American Junior Colleges recognized student

ACADEMIC ROLES & POSITION


2020-Present     Associate Professor of Speech and Hearing Sciences, Lamar University 

  • Tenure and Promotion granted February 2020


2017-Present     Director of Audiology, Lamar University  

Program Director of the Doctor of Audiology Program
  • Oversaw curriculum evaluation, mapping of courses to accreditation standards, process improvements to promote measurable course outcomes, equipment procurement and calibration, recruitment/retention, evaluation, accreditation reports, budgeting, movement to electronic clinical records

2015-Present     Assistant Professor of Speech and Hearing Sciences, Lamar University  
  • Promotion following degree completion Summer 2015
  • Responsibilities include graduate and undergraduate teaching, maintaining an active research portfolio, academic advising, oversight of student research projects, professional and scholarly activities, service to the university and community, strategic planning, curriculum review, and accreditation and candidacy duties.
  • Head of undergraduate curriculum review and development
  • Head of Doctor of Audiology recruitment and admission



2015-2018     Doctor of Audiology Head of Admissions/Recruitment, Lamar University  
  • Responsible for recruitment and retention of high-quality Doctor of Audiology candidates
  •  Improved processes, tracking, and evaluation

2014-2015     Instructor of Speech and Hearing Sciences, Lamar University  
  • Audiology instructor on tenure track until completion of Ph.D.; FTE same as Assistant Professor position (1.0)
  • Responsibilities include graduate and undergraduate teaching, maintaining an active research portfolio, academic advising, oversight of student research projects, professional and scholarly activities, service to the university and community, strategic planning, curriculum review, and accreditation and candidacy duties.
  • Head of Doctor of Audiology admissions

 

CERTIFICATION & LICENSURE
Current:    
AMERICAN SPEECH-LANGUAGE HEARING ASSOCIATION CERTIFICATE OF CLINICAL COMPETENCY IN AUDIOLOGY (CCC-A)  ASHA Identification: 14154724

Current:
Texas State licensed audiologist – License 808 Texas Department of State Health Services

 
SELECTED DISTINCTIONS
2020     Innovative Teaching Excellence Award. Awarded for Innovative Teaching and Excellence. College of Fine Arts and Communications. Lamar University, Beaumont, Texas.

2019     David J. Beck Teaching Excellence. Nominee and Finalist. Lamar University, Beaumont, Texas.

2019     Faculty Mentor Award Recipient. Awarded the Faculty Mentor of the Year Award from the Office of Undergraduate Research. Lamar University, Beaumont, Texas.

2018     Lamar University Merit Award Recipient. One of three recipients at the University of an award, recognizing professors for scholarship, service, classroom performance, and student interaction. Lamar University, Beaumont, Texas            

2017     Lamar University Merit Award Nominee. An award, recognizing professors for scholarship, service, classroom performance, and student interaction. 

2017     Dove Press Favored Author for size of readership.

2016     Lamar University Merit Award Nominee. An award, recognizing professors for scholarship, service, classroom performance, and student interaction.   

2015     Alpha Chi Omega Greek Society Favorite Professor Recognition. Lamar University, Beaumont, Texas.

2014     SMART (Support & Mentoring to Advance Teaching Program) Fellow, Lamar University, Beaumont, Texas.

 
RESEARCH
RESEARCH INTERESTS           
While some are more developed than others (as evidenced in publications), I hold a range of research interests, primarily focusing on rehabilitative hearing healthcare and education. These interests form 5 main subject areas: (1) Re-emergence of aural rehabilitation in audiology, (2) Accessibility and affordability of hearing care/technologies, (3) Biopsychosocial approach to hearing care, (4) Undergraduate and Graduate training and curriculum in communication sciences and disorders, and (5) Clinical applications of psychoacoustics.

PEER-REVIEWED PUBLICATIONS  * Denotes student researchers

LOCAL, STATE, NATIONAL, AND INTERNATIONAL REACH:
Manchaiah, V., Dockens, A.L., Flagge, A.G., Harn, M., Hartwell Azios, J., Kelly Campbell, R.J., & Andersson, G. (2019). Quality and readability of English-language Internet information for tinnitus. Journal of the American Academy of Audiology, 30(1), 31-40. DOI : 10.3766/jaaa/17070

Azios, J.H., Bellon-Harn, M., Manchaiah, V., Dockens, A.L. (2019). Quality and readability of English-language Internet information for Aphasia. International Journal of Speech-Language Pathology, 21(1), 1-9. DOI: 10.1080/17549507.2017.1362034

*Upreti, R., *Gurung, N., Manchaiah, V., Harn, A., Dockens, A.L., Azios, J., Long, E., Dueppen, A., & Andrei, S. (2019). Design and Developing a Digital Health Learning Platform – iManage. ACET: Journal of Computer Education and Research, 13(1), 1-11.

Manchaiah, V., Bellon-Harn, M.L., Dockens, A.L., Harn, W.E. (2019). Communication between audiologist, patient, and patient’s family members during initial audiology consultation and rehabilitation planning sessions: A descriptive review, Journal of the American Academy of Audiology, 30(9), 810-819, ePub ahead of print (2018 Nov 29). DOI: 10.3766/jaaa.18032

Bellon-Harn, M., *Smith, D.J., Dockens, A.L., Manchaiah, V. & Hartwell Azios, J. (2018). Quantity, quality, and readability of Internet information for young adults with ASD seeking post-secondary education support and information. Reading Improvement, 55(1), 7-15.  Available from : https://www.projectinnovation.com/reading-improvement.html                 

Dockens, A.L., Bellon-Harn, M., Burns, E., Manchaiah, V. & *Hinojosa, O. (2017). Examination of an audiologist’s response to patient’s expression of symptoms: A pilot study. Journal of Audiology and Otology, 21(2), 115-119. DOI : 10.7874/jao.2017.21.2.115

Bellon-Harn, M., Hartwell Azios, J., Dockens, A.L. & Manchaiah, V. (2017). Speech-language pathologists’ preferences for patient-centeredness. Journal of Communication Disorders, 68, 81-88. DOI : 10.1016/j.jcomdis.2017.06.012.

Manchaiah, V., Taylor, B., Dockens, A.L., *Tran, N., *Lane, N.R., *Castle, M., & *Grover, V. (2017). Applications of direct-to-consumer hearing devices for adults with hearing loss: A review. Clinical Interventions in Aging, 12, 859-871. DOI : 10.2147/CIA.S135390.

Dockens, A.L., Harn, M. & Manchaiah, V. (2016). Preferences to patient-centeredness in pre-service speech and hearing science students: A cross-sectional study. Journal of Audiology & Otology, 20(2), 73-79.

Manchaiah, V., Tomé, D., Dockens, A.L., Harn, M. & Ganesan, P. (2016). Preference to patient-centeredness in undergraduate audiology students in Portugal. Journal of the American Academy of Audiology, 27(10), 816-823. DOI: 10.3766/jaaa.15129

Manchaiah, V., Dockens, A.L., Bellon-Harn, M. & Burns, E. (2016). Non-congruence between audiologists and patient’s preferences for patient-centeredness and its association with patient satisfaction. Journal of the American Academy of Audiology, 28(7), 636-643. DOI: https://doi.org/10.3766/jaaa.1608

Dockens, A.L. (2015). The relationship between comfortable loudness range and behavioral auditory dynamic range in older listeners with and without sensorineural hearing loss. (Doctoral dissertation). Available from ProQuest Dissertations & Theses Global database. (Accession Order No. AAT 3738424).

 
INVITED PUBLICATION            
LOCAL, STATE, NATIONAL, AND INTERNATIONAL REACH:

Dockens, A.L. (Jan/Feb, 2018). "Deaf Culture: Exploring Deaf Communities in the United States" by Irene Leigh, Jean Andrews, Raychelle Harris," A Resource Review. Ear and Hearing, 39(1), 188-189. doi: 10.1097/AUD.0000000000000513


RESEARCH FEATURED IN LOCAL AND STATE REACH:

King, K. (2016). “LU researchers seeking solutions to hearing loss.” The Examiner: The Independent Voice of Southeast Texas.


PEER-REVIEWED PRESENTATIONS/ POSTERS                     
LOCAL, STATE, NATIONAL, AND INTERNATIONAL REACH:

Flagge, A. & Dockens, A. (2019). Using Music to Promote Language, Literacy,and Social Interaction in Children with Hearing Loss. 1-Hour Presentation presented at the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association Annual Convention, Orlando, Florida.

Manchaiah, V., Bellon-Harn, M., Dockens, A.L., & Azios, J. (2018). Communication Between Audiologist, Patient, & Their Family Members During Initial Audiology Consultation Sessions. 1-Hour Presentation at the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association Annual Convention, Boston, Massachusetts.

Whisenhunt Saar, K., Dockens, A.L., & Byers, B. (2018). Cultivating Empathy through Study Abroad. Poster Presentation at the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association Annual Convention, Boston, Massachusetts.

Bronson, D., Whisenhunt Saar, K. & Dockens, A.L. (November 2017). “Do SLPs feel they successfully maintain a healthy work-life balance?” Poster presentation at the annual American Speech-Language-Hearing Association Convention, Los Angeles, California.

Whisenhunt Saar, K., Azios, J., Buegge, G., & Dockens, A.L. (November 2017). “Reflections of Study Abroad“ Poster presentation at the annual American Speech-Language-Hearing Association Convention, Los Angeles, California.

Harn, M., Dockens, A.L., & Manchaiah, V. (2016). “Quality Care: Increasing underrepresented minorities in speech and hearing professions.” 1-hour  presentation at the Council of Academic Programs in Communication Sciences and Disorders Annual Meeting, San Antonio, Texas.

Gordon-Hickey, S., Dockens, A.L., Adams, E., & Moore, R. (2009). Effect of different stimulus conditions on Acceptable Noise Levels for older adults with hearing loss. Poster presentation for the annual American Speech-Language-Hearing Association Convention, New Orleans, Louisiana.

 
STATE AND NATIONAL REACH:

Torres, M.  & Dockens, A.L. (2019). Perceptions of Audiological Care in Public Schools by Parents, Providers, and Administrators in Southeast Texas. Work in progress. 1-Hour Presentation at the 25th Annual Undergraduate Research Conference in Niagara Falls, NY.

*Sfeir, N., Dockens, A.L., & Whisenhunt Saar, K. (2018). Exploration of Dementia-Friendly Communities in UK & USA – Pilot Development of a Memory Café. Poster Presentation at the 53rd Annual National Collegiate Honors Council Conference in Boston, Massachusetts.

LOCAL AND STATE REACH:

*Torres, M.  & Dockens, A.L. (2019). Perceptions of Audiological Care in Public Schools by Parents, Providers, and Administrators in Southeast Texas. Presentation at the Humanities, Arts, Social Behavioral Sciences, Education, Business (HASBSEB) Conference, Beaumont, Texas. Student won second best poster presentation.

Dockens, A.L., Bellon-Harn, M., Hartwell-Azios, J., Manchaiah, V., & Dueppen, A. (2018). Analyzing Quality and Readability of Internet Resources for Your Patients. 1-Hour Presentation at the Texas Speech-Language-Hearing Association Annual Convention & Exhibition, Houston, Texas.

Hartwell-Azios, J., Dockens, A.L., Bellon-Harn, M., Manchaiah, V., & Whisenhunt Saar, K. (2018). Meeting Critical Needs through the Development of eHealth Programs. 1.5-Hour Presentation at the Texas Speech-Language-Hearing Association Annual Convention & Exhibition, Houston, Texas.

Hartwell-Azios, J., Dockens, A.L., *Wyatt, M.K., & *Lyles, C.D. (2018). SPPARCing a Conversation: Partner training programs in speech-language pathology and audiology. Poster Presentation at the Texas Speech-Language-Hearing Association Annual Convention & Exhibition, Houston, Texas.

*Boase, K., Reading, H., & Dockens, A.L. (2018). Knowledge, Use, and Barriers of On-Campus Hearing Services and Accommodations for College Students. Poster Presentation at the Annual Texas Academy of Audiology Conference, The Woodlands, Texas.

*Boase, K., Reading, H., & Dockens, A.L. (2018). Identifying Use of On-Campus Hearing Services and Accommodations by College Students with Hearing Loss in Southeast Texas. Poster Presentation at the Humanities, Arts, Social Behavioral Sciences, Education, Business (HASBSEB) Conference, Beaumont, Texas. Student won second best poster presentation.

*Sfeir, N. & Dockens, A.L. (2017). Developing Dementia-Friendly Community in Beaumont, Texas. Presentation for the 4th Annual Humanities, Arts, Social Behavioral Sciences, Education, Business (HASBSEB) Conference, Lamar University, Beaumont, Texas. – Student won best presentation

*Barnes, K., *Akpan, I., & Dockens, A.L. (2016). The development and analysis of accessible and appropriate adult aural rehabilitation intervention materials: development. Presentation for the Annual Humanities, Arts, Social Behavioral Sciences, Education, Business (HASBSEB) Conference, Beaumont, Texas.

NON-PEER-REVIEWED PRESENTATIONS/POSTERS                                 

LOCAL REACH:
*Sfeir, N., Dockens, A.L., & Whisenhunt Saar, K. (2018). Dementia Friendly Communities – Impacting Lamar University. Poster Presentation at President’s Circle at Lamar University, Beaumont, Texas.

*Sfeir, N., Dockens, A.L., & Whisenhunt Saar, K. (2018). Dementia Friendly Communities – Impacting Southeast Texas. Poster Presentation at a 2018 quarterly Board of Regents meeting of the Texas State University System (TSUS) held by Chancellor McCall.

*Sfeir, N., Dockens, A.L., & Whisenhunt Saar, K. (2017). Researching Dementia-Friendly Community in the United Kingdom and Minnesota. Creating Memory Cafes. David J. Beck Fellowship Presentation, Lamar University, Beaumont, Texas.

Dockens, A.L. (2017). Current research and undergraduate student mentorship. President’s Circle, Lamar University, Beaumont, Texas.

 

SELECTED RESEARCH IN PROGRESS                                        

Dockens, A.L. & Flagge, A. Does Music Training and Education in Childhood Aid in the Development of Speech and Language? A Systematic Analysis of Literature. (Manuscript in progress).

Lee, C.M. & Dockens, A.L. Motivation to learn American Sign Language: A comparison of Deaf Education majors and Speech and Hearing Sciences Majors. (Manuscript in progress).

Dockens, A.L. An online aural rehabilitation treatment efficacy study for users of audiologist-fit hearing aids versus personal sound amplifier products (PSAP) or over-the-counter hearing aids (OTC), a pilot study. (Platform development in progress).

Dockens, A.L., Manchaiah, V., & Bellon-Harn, M. Changes in quality of life, community involvement, and self-perceived hearing handicap in persons with sensorineural hearing loss following completion of a self-guided readable, accessible online hearing program : A pilot study (Platform development in progress).

GRANTS Awarded:
In progress:
2017-2020     Dockens, A.L. Proposing a semi-randomized controlled aural rehabilitation treatment efficacy study for users of hearing aid versus personal sound amplifier product (PSAP) as pilot data collection for application to the National Institutes of Health for an R15, K23, or R21 Grant. Research Enhancement Proposal Writing Grant, Lamar University, Beaumont, Texas. $15,000.

Completed:
2016-2019     Harn, M., Andrei, S., Manchaiah, M., Dockens, A.L., Azios, J., & Long, E. A Center for Applications of Digital Technologies in Health and Disabilities. Visionary Project Grant, Lamar University, Beaumont, Texas. $300,000.

2016    Manchaiah, V., Dockens, A.L., Harn, M., & Andrei, S. “Virtual Reality Management of Health Issues: Hearing loss in Adults.” Gill Foundation of Texas, Houston, Texas. $3000.

2015     Harn, M., Dockens, A.L., & Burns, E. The relationship between clinician linguistic factors and patient perception during aural rehabilitation. Research Enhancement Grant, Lamar University Office of Research & Sponsored Programs, Beaumont, Texas. $5000.

Unfunded:
2019     Gummelt, G., Long, E., Joshi, P., Dockens, A.L., et al. Increasing Underrepresented Minorities in Allied Health through Interprofessional Education. Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board: Minority Health Research and Education Grant Program. Award amounts up to $500,000.

Mentored student grants:
2019     *Torres, M., Dockens, A.L., & Reading, H. Perceptions of Hearing Care and Services in Schools by School Staff, Faculty, and Administrators in Southeast Texas. Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship, Lamar University Office of Undergraduate Research Fellowship, Lamar University, Beaumont, Texas. $4500 total: $1000 research funds; $2000 student stipend; $1000 faculty stipends; $500 faculty travel award.

 2019     *Torres, M., Dockens, A.L., & Reading, H. Perceptions of Hearing Care and Services in Schools by Parents of Children with deafness or hearing loss. Ronald E. McNair Scholars Fellowship, Lamar University, Beaumont, Texas. $2800 student stipend; $1000 faculty stipends; $150 miscellaneous research needs; Summer room, board, tuition, and fees for the student.

2019     *Hunnicutt, S., Felipe, L., & Dockens, A.L. Working Title: Topic – Virtual Reality and Balance Disorders. Ronald E. McNair Scholars Fellowship, Lamar University, Beaumont, Texas. $2800 student stipend; $1000 faculty stipends; $150 miscellaneous research needs; Summer room, board, tuition, and fees for the student.

2018     *Boase, K., Dockens, A.L., & Reading, H. Identifying Use of On-Campus Hearing Services and Accommodations by College Students with Hearing Loss in Southeast Texas. Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship, Lamar University Office of Undergraduate Research Fellowship, Lamar University, Beaumont, Texas. $4500 total: $1000 research funds; $2000 student stipend; $1000 faculty stipends; $500 faculty travel award.

2017     *Sfeir, N., Dockens, A.L., & Whisenhunt Saar, K. Evaluation of dementia-friendly communities in the US and UK: development, accessibility, and barriers to develop a pilot community café on LU’s campus housed in the Speech & Hearing Sciences department. David J. Beck Fellowship. Beaumont, Texas. $10,000 plus student room, board, tuition, and fees.

2016     *Barnes, K. & Dockens, A.L. The development and analysis of accessible and appropriate adult aural rehabilitation intervention materials. Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship, Lamar University, Beaumont, Texas. $4500 total: $1000 research funds; $2000 student stipend; $1000 faculty stipend; $500 faculty travel award.

2015     *Caswell, K. & Dockens, A.L. A survey of self-efficacy and confidence in evidence-based practice across undergraduate and graduate students in Audiology programs across Texas. Ronald E. McNair Scholars Fellowship, Lamar University, Beaumont, Texas. $2800 student stipend; $1000 faculty stipend; $150 miscellaneous research needs; Summer room, board, tuition, and fees for the student.

2015-2016     *Taylor, K. & Dockens, A.L. A survey and analysis of audiologist opinion on audiological and remediation habits. Lamar University Office of Undergraduate Research Grant, Beaumont Texas. $2000 total: $1000 research funds; $500 student stipend; $500 faculty stipend.

2014-2015     *Taylor, K. & Dockens, A.L. A survey of prevention and remediation of audiological habits in older adults of Jefferson County, Texas. Lamar University Office of Undergraduate Research Grant, Beaumont Texas. $2000 total: $1000 research funds; $500 student stipend; $500 faculty stipend.
                                               

RESEARCH & HONORS DIRECTION & MENTORSHIP
See Mentored Student Grants section for more information about each funded project.             

FUNDED
2019            Summer Undergraduate Research Fellow – M. Torres (primary mentor)

2019            Ronald E. McNair Post-Baccalaureate Fellow – M. Torres (co-mentored, primary)

2019            Ronald E. McNair Post-Baccalaureate Fellow – S. Hunnicutt (advising mentor)

2018            Summer Undergraduate Research Fellow – K. Boase (co-mentored, primary)

2017            David J. Beck Fellow – N. Sfeir (co-mentored, primary)

2016            Summer Undergraduate Research Fellow – K. Barnes (co-mentored, primary)

2015            Undergraduate Research Grant Recipient – K. Taylor (primary mentor)

2015            Ronald E. McNair Post-Baccalaureate Fellow – K. Caswell (primary mentor)

2014            Undergraduate Research Grant Recipient – K. Taylor (primary mentor)

 

UNFUNDED
2014 to present           
Chair of 6 Honors Student Projects as contracted honors course assignments: A. Haidusek (x3), K. Whitlow, K. Barnes, N. Sfeir

LABORATORY DEVELOPMENT
Creation of Hearing Healthcare and Self-Management research laboratories in the Speech and Hearing Department for digital health, aural rehabilitation, hearing technologies, self-management, psychoacoustic, and other auditory research. Along with Dr. Vinaya Manchaiah, funding was combined and we have secured and installed large handicap accessible high-quality sound treated room, outfitted an existing sound treated room, added 2 computer-based audiometers, 1 middle ear analyzer, a high-quality sound level meter, a KEMAR (head and torso simulator for acoustic research), hand-held and video otoscopes, a full online health lab for telehealth, a hearing aid analyzer to fit and analyze hearing device performance, 4 sets of ReSound receiver-in-the-ear hearing aids and accessories for television, phone, personal microphone and group microphone settings, and appropriate lab furniture. Laboratory studies are regularly completed in this space. This lab is fully operational for not only a wide-variety of auditory research projects, but also as a learning center for undergraduate students in Speech and Hearing Sciences and graduate students enrolled in the Doctor of Audiology (Au.D.) program.

ADMINISTRATIVE EXPERIENCE & ASSIGNMENTS
2017 to present     Audiology Program Director, Lamar University, Beaumont, Texas

Responsible for daily operations of the audiology academic program and the clinical operation. Select duties include: faculty assignments (academic and clinical), overseeing program budgetary matters, recruitment and retention of high-quality doctoral students, assisting the Department Chair in annual performance appraisals, monitoring curricular, program, and faculty requirements in accordance with the ASHA Council on Academic Accreditation (CAA), filing annual accreditation reports, maintenance of outcome and other program data, coordinate audiology assistantship assignments, enhancement and management of the program’s quality and improvement processes, development and improvement of program procedural documents, serving as the first point of administrative contact for grievances, questions regarding course scheduling, and other student matters, and reviewing student academic records to evaluate program outcomes.

Select accomplishments:

 Three years of approved reaccreditation with no programmatic concerns by the Council for Academic Programs in Communication Sciences & Disorders

Identification and correction of issues with students receiving Financial Aid in the Doctor of Audiology program

Identification and correction of longstanding issues causing delay of Graduate Assistant tuition waivers

Creation of new doctoral handbook, graduate assistant handbook, and syllabi templates for faculty using accreditation and University guidelines for content and improvement

Mapping of accreditation standards in newly added Calipso (a web-based application that manages key aspects of academic and clinical education in communication sciences and disorders)

Discovery and correction of long-standing financial errors regarding program and Department funds with the Department Chair and the Department of Finance

Development of more specific procedures to ensuring effective academic, clinical, and professional development of each individual doctoral student, including: informal monthly evaluation of students by faculty, formal formative and summative assessment of tangible and intangible skill development bi-annually, creation of a more representative comprehensive evaluation process annually

Addition of 7+ new clinical preceptor offsites for student practicum

 
2017 to present     Cardinal Community (CC) Leader, Speech and Hearing Science, a community for undergraduates (predominately lowerclassmen) to live, learn, grow, and thrive at Lamar University, Beaumont, Texas

   +      Freshman GPA average higher than non-participating students

   +      Multiple students have used the CC as a platform for development, with students continuing to become University ambassadors, grant recipients, research fellows, Big Event (volunteerism) committee members, and Student Government Association officers

 
2016 to present     Chair of Undergraduate Curriculum Revision, Speech and Hearing Science, Lamar University, Beaumont, Texas. Select accomplishments:

   +      Reorganization of undergraduate curriculum to a new order that promotes learning development and successful matriculation through the SPHS degree requirements within a 3-5 year span

   +      Addition of courses that assist in meeting professional needs/requirements (interprofessional education and professional writing in the field) – developed and taught both courses until other faculty were prepared to take over)

   +      Successful approval of new degree plan (2017)

 2014 to present     Student Organization Advising: Co-advisor of National Student Speech-Language-Hearing Association (NSSLHA), Lamar University Chapter. Select accomplishments:

   +      With Ms. Karen Whisenhunt Saar, successfully reintroduced undergraduates into a predominately graduate organization

   +      Oversaw regular fundraising for a number of organization (e.g., Alzheimer’s Association, Down Syndrome Buddy Walk, Arc of Greater Beaumont, NSSLHA Loves, and others)

   +      Assisted in consolidating accounts (on and off-campus) to University approved on-campus banking with greater financial transparency

2014 to present     Department of Speech and Hearing Sciences, Lamar University, Becky and Joe Williams Scholarship (internal) and Scott Haug/Robert J. Dunlop Memorial Scholarship nomination (external) committee head. Select accomplishments:

   +      Creation of rubric for evaluation of applicants for Becky and Joe Williams Scholarship

   +      Successful awarding of internal scholarships annually

   +      Nominated awarded student for external Haug/Dunlop Memorial Scholarship (2016) – Available to audiology students across Texas

2018 to 2019     Program evaluator/Focus Group Head. Cardinal Community Program Evaluation, Lamar University, Beaumont, Texas. Select accomplishments:

   +      Led team of staff and multi-disciplinary faculty in the focus group evaluation of Lamar University’s Cardinal Community (freshman experience program)

   +      Participated in the core team of evaluators to evaluate the program as a whole

   +      Made recommendations re: next steps for freshman experience (recruitment and retention) to administration

2015 to 2019     Head (2015-2018) and Co-chair (2019) of Doctor of Audiology Graduate Admissions, Lamar University, Beaumont, Texas. Select accomplishments:

   +      Improvement of application processes with addition of use of Communication Sciences and Disorders Centralized Application System (CSDCAS)

   +      Over 20% increase in high quality (GPA 3.7+ and GRE 300+) Doctor of Audiology applicants through recruiting efforts

   +      Over 30% increase in qualified (GPA 3.0+ and GRE 280+) applications overall (in state, other US States, and international applications) through recruiting efforts

   +      Increased underrepresented minorities through target recruitment

 
2015 to 2019     Head (2015-2018) and Co-chair (2019) of Undergraduate Advising, Speech and Hearing Sciences, Lamar University, Beaumont, Texas

   +      Creation of advising guide/handbook with streamlined information about successful matriculation through the degree plan and graduation, as well as, easy to follow degree plan

   +      Improved group advising processes within the Department to lessen confusion across advisors

   +      Relationship building with underclassman advisor in the Undergraduate Advising Center to assist in degree completion in 3-5 years

   +      Training of new dedicated program advisor

   +      Utilization of Student Success Collaborative (SSC) software to track and monitor student progression through the degree

   +      Changes made to recommended courses based on student success and outcomes from SSC data

 

SERVICE LEADERSHIP:

2020 to present         Secretary, Lamar University Faculty Senate

2020 to present         Faculty Representative, Future of Lamar University Ad Hoc Committee, one of 8 persons (3 faculty and 5 administrators) selected by the University President to consider how to structure the University for future success and growth

2019 to present         Cardinal Communities Coalition Advisory Member to develop the future of the program into a program that would affect all incoming Freshman to assist in retention and student success

2019 to present         Faculty Senate Representative for the alignment of the Lamar University Faculty Handbook with Texas State University System Regulations

2019 to present            Faculty Senate sub-committee: Student Success & Retention Member

2018 to present            Faculty Senator, Representative for College of Fine Arts and Communications, Lamar University, Beaumont, Texas

2018 to present            Faculty Senate sub-committee: LU Faculty Handbook and F2.08 Annual Evaluation Task Force Member

2018 to present            Co-chair of Doctor of Audiology Graduate Admissions, Lamar University, Beaumont, Texas

2018 to present            Consultant to local churches for Deaf and Hard of Hearing needs, Beaumont/Groves, Texas

2017 to present            Audiology Program Director, Lamar University, Beaumont, Texas

2017 to present            Cardinal Community Leader, Speech and Hearing Science, a community for undergraduates (predominately lowerclassmen) to live, learn, grow, and thrive at Lamar University, Beaumont, Texas

2016 to present            Chair of Undergraduate Curriculum Revision, Speech and Hearing Science, Lamar University, Beaumont, Texas

2015 to present            Head (2015-2018) and Co-chair (2019) of Undergraduate Advising, Speech and Hearing Sciences, Lamar University, Beaumont, Texas

 2014 to present            Student Organization Advising: Co-advisor of National Student Speech-Language-Hearing Association (NSSLHA), Lamar University Chapter

2015 to 2018            Head of Doctor of Audiology Graduate Admissions, Lamar University, Beaumont, Texas

OTHER SERVICE:
2019 to present            College of Fine Arts & Communications Interdisciplinary Degree Task Force Member

2019 to present            Faculty Senate sub-committee member: Student Success Task Force

2018 to present            Guest lecturer, Faculty Development Series, Center for Teaching and Learning Enhancement

2018 to present            Judge Joe J. Fisher Lecture Series Committee Member, Faculty Senate Representative

2018 to present            Lamar University Greater Strategic Planning Committee Member, Speech & Hearing Sciences, Representative, Subcommittee: Career and Advanced Degree Ready Graduates

2018 to present            Salary Administration Advisory Committee, College of Fine Arts and Communication Representative

2018 to present            College of Fine Arts  & Communication Mace Bearer, Commencement, Lamar University.

2018 to present            Consultant to local churches for Deaf and Hard of Hearing needs, Beaumont/Groves, Texas

2018 to present            Program evaluator/Focus Group Head. Cardinal Community Program Evaluation, Lamar University, Beaumont, Texas

2018 to present            Guest lecturer, Faculty Development Series, Center for Teaching and Learning Enhancement, Lamar University, Beaumont, Texas

2018 to present            Faculty mentor of SPHS Peer Writing Mentor, Lamar University, Beaumont, Texas

2017 to present            Greater South Park Neighborhood Partnership Committee member for rejuvenation of the committee surrounding Lamar University, Beaumont, Texas

2017 to present            Faculty Mentor, New faculty mentorship program, Center for Teaching and Learning Enhancement, Lamar University, Beaumont, Texas

2017 to present            Peer reviewer, American Speech-Language Hearing Association, Special Interest Group 8, Audiology and Public Health

2017 to present            Article Reviewer for the Journal of the American Academy of Audiology

2016 to present            Lamar University Student Advising & Retention Council, College of Fine Arts & Communication representative   

2016 to present            Undergraduate grant evaluator. Office of Undergraduate Research, Lamar University, Beaumont, Texas

2016 to present            Undergraduate research poster and presentation judge. Office of Undergraduate Research, Lamar University, Beaumont, Texas

2016 to present            Audiology Editorial Board Member for the International Journal of Clinical & Experimental Otolaryngology (IJCEO)

2016 to present            Article Reviewer for Sage Open Publications

2016 to present            Book reviewer for audiology and related field texts for Pearson Publishing.

2016 to present            Book reviewer for audiology and related field texts for Ear & Hearing

2016 to present            Book reviewer for audiology and related field texts for Thieme Publishing

2016 to present            Speech and Hearing Sciences Building Advancement committee member, Beaumont, Texas     

2015 to present            Doctor of Audiology (Au.D.) Curriculum committee member

2015 to present            Speech and Hearing Sciences Undergraduate Curriculum committee member

2014 to present            Chair, Undergraduate Student Honors Program Projects, Lamar University Chapter (6 projects chaired at current)

2014 to present            Department of Speech and Hearing Sciences, Lamar University, Scholarship committee member (e.g., Shaver scholarship, Houseman scholarship, Lavoi scholarship, etc.)

2014 to present            Undergraduate Student Research Mentoring (8 projects chaired; all 8 funded)

2019            Content/Copy/Line Editor for Manchaiah, V & Beukes, E. Research Methods (working title). Plural Publishing.

2019            College of Fine Arts & Communications Merit Award Nominee Reviewer, Lamar University, Beaumont, Texas

2018 to 2019            Faculty Senate sub-committee: Emerging Issues Committee Member

2018            Representative/Recruiter at Major, Minors, and More Fair. Department of Speech and Hearing Sciences, Lamar University, Beaumont, Texas

2018            Content/Copy/Line Editor and French-English Translator for Manchaiah, V., Danermark, B., Germundsson, P., & Ratinaud, P. Disability and Social Representation Theory: The Case of Hearing Loss. Routledge, Taylor & Francis.

 2018            Faculty Summer Research Fellowship Applicant Reviewer, Lamar University, Beaumont, Texas

2018            College of Fine Arts  & Communication Mace Bearer, December Commencement, Lamar University, Beaumont, Texas

2017            Guest speaker for White Coat Ceremony. Audiology Program, Lamar University, Beaumont, Texas

2016 to 2018            College of Fine Arts & Communication Faculty-Student Relations committee member, Lamar University, Beaumont, Texas

2016 to 2018            Lamar University Faculty-Student Relations committee member, Beaumont, Texas

 2016 to 2018            Lamar University Salary Administration Review committee member, Beaumont, Texas

 2015 to 2018            Reviewer, Judge, Undergraduate Research Exposition

 2014 to 2018            Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) program and curriculum development/proposal committee member

2014 to 2018            Contracted editor for Graduate Studies to edit 50+ dissertations in multiple styles (APA, Chicago, MLA, etc).

2016            Copy/Line Editor for Manchaiah, V. & Danermark, B. (Eds.). 2017. The Experience of Hearing Loss: Journey Through Aural Rehabilitation. Routledge, Taylor & Francis.

2016            Session Chair for the Humanities, Arts, Social Science, & Education Conference

2014 to 2015            Strategic Planning Committee member, Beaumont Community Players theater group, Beaumont, Texas

Select  Lectures    
2017 to present            Invited. Cardinal Community lowerclassmen lecture series. Multiple talks to speech and hearing sciences undergraduates on subjects including, but not limited to: resume building, resume writing, preparing for graduate school, getting acquainted with college life, asking for letters of recommendation, how to study, and others.

2014 to present            Invited. National Student Speech Language Hearing Association. Multiple talks to NSSLHA members on subjects including, but not limited to: resume building, resume writing, preparing for graduate school, getting acquainted with college life, asking for letters of recommendation, how to study, and others.

Fall 2020            Selected. Speaker. 2019 Student Leadership Summit. Lamar University,

Fall 2019            Selected. Speaker. 2019 Student Leadership Summit. Lamar University,

Fall 2019            Selected. REDTalk. What’s the Worst that Could Happen? Overcoming Fear and Achieving Success

Fall 2019            Invited. Goal setting for the Texas Academy of High School Leadership program at Lamar University

Fall 2019            Invited. From Meh to Yeah! Motivating Yourself. Academic Success Conference, Beaumont, Texas (requested repeat from 2018)

2019            Invited. Undergraduate Research Panel Speaker. Hosted by Lamar University Student Government Association, Beaumont, Texas.                                                                                                              

2019            Invited. Peer vs. Pro-Mentors: Roles and Responsibilities. Cardinal Community Mentor Training, Lamar University, Beaumont, Texas.

2019            Invited. Goals, Motivation, and Reflection: Using Strategy in Your CC. Cardinal Community Mentor Training, Lamar University, Beaumont, Texas.

2019            Invited. Interprofessional Relationships: Audiologists and Auditory-Verbal Therapists. SPHS 1373 Interprofessional Education, Lamar University, Beaumont, Texas.

2019            Invited. Why Won’t They Read? Encouraging Pre-Reading. Faculty Development Series, Teaching Certificate Program. Center for Teaching and Learning Enhancement, Lamar University, Beaumont, Texas.

2018            Invited. Southeast Texas Speech and Hearing Association, Auditory Processing Disorders for Speech-Language Pathologists: A Primer. 1.5 Continuing Education Units for Texas licensure provided.

2018            Selected. From Meh to Yeah! Motivating Yourself. Academic Success Conference, Beaumont, Texas.

2018            Invited. Graduate School Panel Speaker. Hosted by Lamar University National Student Speech Language Hearing Association, Beaumont, Texas.

2015 to 2018            Invited. Annual lecture on central auditory processing, SPHS 4332 Neurology, Lamar University, Beaumont, Texas.

2016            Invited. Audiology as a profession and its relationship to Deaf culture, Deaf Studies Course, Invited by Cain Chiasson, Lamar University, Beaumont, Texas.                                                                            

2015            Invited. Problem/Inquiry-Based Learning, Support and Mentoring to Advance Research and Teaching Program, Lamar University, Beaumont, Texas.                                                                            

2015            Invited. Audiology and the ear, China Elementary School, China, Texas

2014-2015            Invited. Improving your resume for graduate admissions and speech & hearing professions, Quality Care Mentoring Program, Department of Speech and Hearing Sciences, Lamar University, Beaumont Texas

2014            Invited. Employment and graduate school resume writing, interviewing, and preparation. Leaders in Education, Advocacy, and Diversity (LEAD), a student mentoring group. Lamar University, Beaumont, Texas

2014            Invited. Hearing Aids (3-part televised interview series) – Mom’s Everyday, WTVY television, Dothan, Alabama

COURSES DEVELOPED & TAUGHT
GRADUATE (Au.D.)    
2016 to present            Advanced Rehabilitation and Case Studies: This is a graduate level course on the principles and treatment practices for aural and vestibular rehabilitation. Covered material will include the potential impact of tinnitus and vestibular impairment with models and management approaches and critical appraisal of the evidence base available in supporting clinical decisions. It is intended to prepare students for additional clinical learning and supervised and independent assessment.

2016 to present            Aural Rehabilitation – Lifespan: This course offers in-depth examination of the provision of aural rehabilitation across the lifespan. Didactic lectures and direct experiences are utilized to gain greater perspective into the therapy, treatment, and intervention processes of hearing rehabilitation. Elements of amplification, communication training, patient education, and counseling are discussed.

2016 to present            Introduction to Hearing Aids: This course provides an introduction to amplification, acoustics, fitting principles, and related components. Direct practice in electroacoustic analyses of hearing aids, ear impressions, and hearing aid and earmold modification and repair will be completed. Didactic lectures will be combined with hands-on experience to augment understanding of principles discussed.

2015 to present            Advanced Hearing Aids: This course is designed to build upon knowledge from SPHS 6312 (Intro to Hearing Aids). It will further expand and augment skills for hearing aid and assistive device selection, programming, fitting, orientation, and verification for populations across the lifespan. Didactic lectures and direct lab experiences will be provided.

2015 to 2019            Acoustics and Psychoacoustics: The study of acoustics (physics of sound) and psychoacoustics (perception of sound) are covered. The aim of this course is an understanding of the comprehensive physical, physiological, and cognitive issues related to production of sound and listening. Principles and application of acoustics and psychoacoustics as they apply to clinic audiology and communication are provided.

2016 to 2017            Auditory Processing Disorders: This course offers investigation of the theory, diagnosis, and management of auditory processing disorders (APD). Evidence-based practices for APD across the lifespan will be evaluated and discussed. APD controversies will also be considered. Management and treatment techniques will be demonstrated and examined.

2016            Medical Audiology: Study of hearing-related pathologies and their influence on auditory/vestibular systems. Focus placed on etiology, signs and symptoms, and differential diagnosis of various pathologies. Also included, instruction and practicum for cerumen management.

2015            Introduction to Graduate Studies (Evidence-Based Practice and Instrumentation): An introduction to evidence-based clinical practices and audiological instrumentation. Preparatory for clinical practicum, as students learn to perform and interpret routine audiological procedures. Students are required to locate and apply modern research to typical clinical evaluations. Didactic lectures and hands-on laboratory experience are combined. Professional expectations, infection control, scope of practice, and ethics are discussed.

UNDERGRADUATE
2020 to present            HONORS Seminar: Empathy/Perspective HNRS-3161 Come Into My Head: Empathy and Perspective Taking: This course will cover the pillars of emotional intelligence - with special focus on empathy, and its various types. Students will engage in examination and exploration of use of emotional intelligence, as well as, empathetic thinking and language. The course will draw from research and the interprofessional and personal experiences of the faculty instructor. Students will be expected to engage in active writing, discussion, debate, and role play improvisations.

2017 to present            Professional Report Writing: Professional report writing for the speech and hearing sciences will be included in this writing intensive course. Specific formatting, correct use of terminology, and promotion of positive collegial interaction via written report will be explored.

2014 to present            Problems and Projects: Special research/project course taken with approval by faculty and Chair

2017 to 2018            Interprofessional Education: This is an introductory course designed to survey concepts of interdisciplinary clinical teams including professional members and collaborative processes.

2016 to 2017            Phonetics: Knowledge of American English sound system and syllable structure including proficiency in using the International Phonetic Alphabet for phonetic transcription.

2014 to 2017            Audiologic Rehabilitation: Explores the area of assistive listening devices, hearing aids, and other treatment and intervention methods and modalities. The course also includes an in-depth exploration of communication repair strategies, counseling techniques, and an overview of patient education and teaching methods and strategies.

2014 to 2016            Hearing Anatomy, Physiology, and Disorders: The anatomy and physiology of the peripheral auditory mechanism. Also included are pathologies, which affect the various anatomic structures.

2014 to 2016            Advanced Audiology (AUD II):  A comprehensive survey of hearing evaluation procedures, and clinical evaluation techniques with emphases on hands-on application of skills.

2015            Introduction to Speech, Language, Hearing Disorders: An overview of the professions of Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology.

2014 to 2015            Introduction to Audiology (AUD I): An overview of the professional field of audiology, the professional terminology, testing techniques, and procedures of the evaluation of a patient; interpretation of evaluation data, and application of information