Anderson to Head UT College Noma Anderson, professor of communication sciences and disorders at Florida International University (FIU) and 2007 ASHA president, will become dean of the University of Tennessee (UT) Health Science Center’s College of Allied Health Sciences on July 1. The UT College of Allied Health Sciences is now home to the Department ... Features
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Anderson to Head UT College
The ASHA Leader, May 2010, Vol. 15, 38. doi:10.1044/leader.FTR5.15062010.38
The ASHA Leader, May 2010, Vol. 15, 38. doi:10.1044/leader.FTR5.15062010.38
Noma Anderson, professor of communication sciences and disorders at Florida International University (FIU) and 2007 ASHA president, will become dean of the University of Tennessee (UT) Health Science Center’s College of Allied Health Sciences on July 1.
The UT College of Allied Health Sciences is now home to the Department of Audiology and Speech Pathology (ASP), a department that was slated for closure in 2008 due to budget cuts. In response to advocacy by faculty, staff, students, alumni, and clinic clients, the decision was rescinded. The department and its clinics remain open in Knoxville, with administration transferred to the UT Health Science Center in Memphis.
The undergraduate program will continue to be administered by UT Knoxville’s College of Education, Health, and Human Sciences. Undergraduates with majors in audiology and speech pathology will earn a degree in special education with an emphasis on communication sciences and disorders.
The department was subsequently named one of 52 “Lead Centers of Excellence” for mild traumatic brain injury, part of an initiative of the Sarah Jane Brain Foundation to establish a seamless, standardized, evidence-based system of care accessible to children and their families throughout the country.
Anderson is the immediate past chair of the FIU Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders and was previously dean and professor in the FIU School of Health Sciences.
Before joining FIU, she was chair and on the faculty of the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders at Howard University in Washington, D.C. “Being in a supportive administrative is what makes or breaks academic programs,” Anderson said. “Both personally and professionally, I am pleased to become dean of the college that welcomed the ASP department.
The College of Allied Health Science is excited about the administrative shift and hopes that ASP students and faculty are sensing a welcoming and supportive administrative home.
“One interesting challenge is that ASP is in Knoxville and the college is in Memphis, but with technology and creative minds, we’ll make it work. The ASP faculty and students are outstanding.”
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