Faculty & Staff
A104 Music & Speech
Emeritus Professor in the School of Speech Pathology and Audiology; I retired in July 1996 after teaching 25 years at Kent Sate University. In 1997, I returned to the university, as a clinical instructor supervising SP+A graduate students in the Speech and Hearing Clinic. Academic interests are language, literacy and supervision. I have an M.S. in Speech Pathology from West Virginia University and a B.S. in the field as well. I am certified by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association and licensed by the State of Ohio to provide speech services.
Dr. Hayley ArnoldAssistant Professor
Music and Speech
While getting my master's degree in communication sciences and disorders, I developed a passion to learn about what causes, maintains and aggravates stuttering. Following this passion led me to study it in doctoral and postdoctoral research. Presently, I am interested in investigating a multifactorial stuttering model, which takes into account emotional, linguistic and motor factors that may impact onset and maintenance of stuttering.
Mrs. Lynn Berk, M.A.Clinical Instructor
22042 English Language Proficiency Clinic
I received my B.A. in Social Sciences from The Ohio State University and my M.A. in Speech Pathology from Cleveland State University. I have worked as a speech language pathologist in the schools and have coordinated and directed summer speech programs for preschool children. I have worked in long term care settings serving stroke, Parkinson, Alzheimer and dementia patients. I developed and published two remedial programs; Testing and Remediating Auditory Processing for preschool and elementary students and R and L Stories Galore, a remedial articulation program. My areas of interest are phonemic awareness, phonology and articulation, auditory and language processing and reading and literacy. Currently I am a clinical instructor in the English Language Proficiency Clinic (ELPC) providing accent reduction and phonological and articulation therapy for international students and faculty.
Dr. Sloane BurgessAssistant Professor
Area: LDES - HS - SPA
After graduating with my B.A. in psychology, I took a job working at a residential program for children who had been removed from their homes due to abuse and/or neglect. There I met a child unlike any I had ever met before; he loved to spell but barely spoke, didn't seem interested in developing friendships but enjoyed predictable interaction routines, and could, and frequently did, curl himself into a tiny ball and hide in small cubbies and crevices. Although I did not know it then, I learned during my graduate studies that he most likely was a child with an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). I was intrigued by this young man and as part of my graduate coursework had the opportunity to participate in an NIMH sponsored internship with the TEACCH (Treatment and Education of Autistic and related Communication handicapped CHildren) Program in Chapel Hill, working with individual with ASD. Upon graduation, I worked as a TEACCH Psychoeducational Specialist in Asheville, North Carolina for 10 years. During this time, I had the opportunity to work with individuals with ASD of all ages and their families in a variety of roles and settings. I came to Northeast Ohio to complete my doctoral degree and continued to work with individual with ASD, and their families and the professionals who support them, as an Educational Consultant. I currently serve as an Assistant Professor with a joint appointment between the departments of Special Education and Speech Pathology and Audiology at the Kent Campus. My research and professional interests include understanding how individuals with ASD evaluate their quality of life and predictors of positive ratings of quality of life, the implementation of visual strategies to support learning, positive behavior, and communication skills in school-aged students with ASD, lifespan support for individuals with ASD, and the efficacy of early intervention programs for preschool aged students with ASD.
Mrs. Shelly FrancisClinical Instructor
A104 Music & Speech
I have been employed by Kent State University since 1993. I am Coordinator of Speech-Language Services and a clinical instructor in Speech Language Pathology and Audiology. My areas of special interest include speech disorders (particularly verbal dyspraxia), and the relationship between speech and language skills in children and performance in language arts areas (reading, spelling, writing, and phonological awareness).
Dr. Sue Grogan-JohnsonAssistant Professor
A142 Music & Speech
I earned a B.S. degree from Indiana University of Pennsylvania, a Master's degree from West Virginia University and a Ph.D. from Kent State University all in the area of speech-language pathology. Originally from Pittsburgh, PA, I remain a Steelers fan. :0)
Dr. John HawksAssociate Professor
A105 Music & Speech
Area: HS - SPA
Although my Bachelor's degree as a voice major in Music Education at Washburn University (Topeka, KS) prepared me to teach K-12 music, I never taught. Instead, I pursued opportunities in consumer audio electronics. After co-owning a speaker retailing and audio electronics manufacturing business and then wanting something more, I discovered Audiology. This lead to a M.S. in Audiology and a Ph.D. in Communication Sciences at Central Institute for the Deaf, the Speech & Hearing Department of Washington University in St. Louis, and eventually to Kent State in 1991. Although I am an audiologist and teach courses in instrumentation, psychoacoustics, clinical audiology, and the effects of noise, my major research interests are in speech perception. My goal to combine my interests in audiology, speech perception and electronics has lead to a research focus investigating ways to improve upon speech processing strategies for manufacturers of cochlear implants, an electronic prosthesis that provides the severe-profoundly deaf with the ability to hear. More recently, our joint doctoral (Au.D.) program in Audiology with The University of Akron has provided considerable opportunities and challenges in taking our profession to a new level.
Dr. Kate KrivalAssistant Professor
A148 Music & Speech
My current research interests are focused on oral, pharyngeal and laryngeal sensorimotor function for swallowing and related activities of the upper aerodigestive system. I am also interested in clinical research targeting interventions for swallowing disorders in adults with neurogenic dysphagia (swallowing disorder). I teach our graduate Dysphagia, Voice, Dysarthria and Cognitive-Communication courses as well as our undergraduate Anatomy & Physiology and Neural Processes courses. I continue to practice clinically, and believe that my frequent experiences with patients greatly inform my teaching and research.
I received my B.A. in Psychology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1983, and my M.S. in Communicative Disorders from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater in 1985. After practicing as a speech-language pathologist in nursing homes, hospitals and rehabilitation centers for many years, I returned to school with a mission of conducting research that would benefit the patients who taught me so much, and of coaching the next generation of clinicians to join the profession I love. In 2007, I received my Ph.D. in Communication Sciences and Disorders with a focus in Medical Speech Pathology from the University of Cincinnati.
Connie KunkleAccount Clerk II
A104 Music and Speech Bldg
Ms. Megan MaloneClinical Instructor
A118 Center for Performing Arts
I joined that faculty of Kent State University as a clinical instructor in 2012. Prior to this, I have worked as a speech language pathologist in the settings of long-term care, outpatient rehab, home health, and private practice. I have also managed a number of research grants, focusing on interventions for older adults with cognitive impairments, which is my primary area of interest. I am co-author of the treatment manual, "Here's How to Treat Dementia" published by Plural Publishing in 2013 and am a regular contributor and presenter on speechpathology.com. I earned my B.S. Ed. from Miami University and my M.A. from Case Western Reserve University.
Dr. Pamela MitchellAssociate Professor
I was a first generation college student and knew I wanted to become a speech-language pathologist since high school. I fell in love with this field then, and many years later still feel it is one of the absolute best careers one can have. I earned my Bachelor's and Master's degrees in speech pathology at The Ohio State University, and my Ph.D. in Language Disorders at The University of Wisconsin-Madision. I specialize in complex communication disorders and technology as well as significant language and cognitive impaiments early and late in the lifespan. I teach undergraduate and graduate classes, conduct research and participate on committees and other projects. I also provide periodic speech-langauge pathology clinical consulting in areas such as augmentative and alternative communication, complex communication impairments, dementia and traumatic brain injury.
Barbara PierceClinical Instructor
A104 Music & Speech
I have been a clinical instructor in speech-language pathology at the Kent State University Speech and Hearing Clinic since the fall of 2004. I had previously been employed as a clinical supervisor at the University of Akron and Case Western Reserve Mental Development Center. I also worked as a speech-language pathologist at several agencies in the Cleveland-Akron area. I received my B.A. from Cleveland State University and my M.A. from Case Western Reserve University and completed additional post-master's coursework at Case Western Reserve. My areas of interest include speech and language disorders in children with multiple diagnoses, speech sound disorders (phonological and articulation disorders and childhood apraxia of speech), and the supervisory process in the clinical training of graduate students.
Lynne RowanSchool Director
100 Nixson Hall
I have three degrees in the field of speech pathology and audiology. I received my B.S. from Kent State University, my M.A. from the University of Connecticut, and my PhD from Purdue. Prior to returning for my Ph.D., I worked as a Speech-Language Pathologist for the Cleveland Public Schools, the University of Iowa Hospitals, and the St. Paul Public Schools. My interest has always been in the area of language acquisition and language disorders in children. After completing my Ph.D., I worked at the University of Illinois with faculty across a number of departments and disciplines during which time we developed an early intervention transdisciplinary model for educating graduate students to work with children 0- 3. While at Kent I have been able to continue this area of interest through work with the Family Child Learning Center (FCLC) and with the Early Childhood, Early Childhood Special Education, and School Psychology programs here on campus. Research interests include comprehension strategies, vocabulary development, and phonological awareness skills in young children and the interaction of language development and literacy. Most recently I have been involved in the development of model intervention programs in the areas of phonological awareness and oral/written language skills. I am active in ASHA, CEC, OSLHA, and OSSPEAC.
Dr. Anna SchmidtAssociate Professor
108 Nixson Hall
As the child of a military family, I heard and tried to speak different languages early in life. I discovered that I could study how people understand and talk to each other at Eckerd College in St. Petersburg, Florida. I received a M.A. from the University of Pennsylvania in sociolinguistics. Further graduate education led me to the University of Florida at Gainesville where I received the equivalent of a second M.A. in Speech-Language Pathology and a Ph.D. in Speech Research. I teach courses in Articulation/Phonology and Maxillofacial Anomalies and supervise students in the English Language Proficiency Clinic. I am also a member of the Craniofacial Team at Akron Children's Hospital. My research interests lie in the areas of speech perception and production, specifically in possibilities of reorganization of an organized normal speech system.