Friday, October 14, 2016

Cancellation of Office Hours on Thursday, October 20

Hello, Seniors,
Due to a schedule conflict, I will have to cancel the office hours on Thursday, October 20.
I will hold the office hours on the next day, Friday, October 21, between 8:30 and 9:30 am in my office.
Hope you are enjoying the nice weather,
Dr. Nie

Friday, October 7, 2016

JMU's Learning Strategies Instruction

Check out this link to learn all about what JMU's Learning Strategies Instruction can help you with!

Learn tips and strategies to promote student success!
Make individual appointments!
Request a presentation for your class or organization!

Take advantage of our campus resources!

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Welcome, Dr. Piker!

Happy Fall, CSD Students!

It is a season of change in the valley as the Blue Ridge mountains transform to a sea of warm orange and gold. With this season of change has come new faculty members to enhance our already distinguished/impressive CSD department.Dr. Piker is a new Audiology professor here at James Madison University! While she remains unbeknownst to the undergraduates this semester, the juniors will be seeing her next semester in CSD 318 Aural Rehabilitation.

Originally from Virginia, Dr. Piker is excited to be back in her home state after having the opportunity to experience different areas of the country! She received her Bachelor's degree at William and Mary in linguistics and psychology and then decided to take a year off. In that time, she discovered the option of an Audiology career and decided to take the knowledge she gained and utilize it to learn more about the inner ear and the neurology of the auditory system. Choosing to experience a new place, Dr. Piker moved to Nashville, Tennessee where she attended Vanderbilt for her Doctoral of Audiology.  Her fascination for the vestibular system inspired her to conduct research at Vanderbilt and consequently earn her Ph.D. This was the beginning of her career as a Researcher of Audiology! After receiving her Ph.D., she moved to North Carolina for a position as a researcher and clinician at Duke University.  In this position, she was exposed to teaching as students from University of North Carolina's program came to her clinic for student clinic hours. It was there that she realized her passion for imparting knowledge on the central auditory system to others. This year, Dr. Piker set out to search for a balance between research, clinic, and teaching and she found it at, none other than our very own, James Madison University! Here at JMU, she is the Director of the Vestibular Sciences Lab, a professor for the Au.D. Program, and a professor for the CSD Undergraduates .  Her research consists of analyzing and improving diagnostic assessments for patients who suffer from problems with their equilibrium.

Not only has this year been an exciting one for her professional career, but she was also blessed with a baby girl! She and her family are looking forward to enjoying the mountains and all of the fall festivities offered in the Shenandoah Valley.

We are so excited to have you as part of the faculty at James Madison University, Dr. Piker. Welcome!

Monday, September 26, 2016

Welcome, Dr. Lee!

The temperatures are dropping and the leaves turning gold... Autumn is almost at our doorsteps! Before we welcome the new season, let's first give a warm welcome to Dr. Jaime Lee to the James Madison University CSD department! Her area of specialty is adult neurogenic communication disorders. Her clinical experience is specifically with individuals suffering from strokes and traumatic brain injuries.  Dr. Lee is proof that your first job after graduate school can pave the way for the rest of your career as it was during her Clinical Fellowship Year  that she began working with individuals with cognitive communication deficits. She found it immediately fascinating, challenging, and meaningful which lead her to continue on that same path! 
After her Clinical Fellowship Year at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago (RIC), she continued on as a staff clinician on the Stroke and Brain Injury units and eventually transitioned into a research position with the Center for Aphasia Research. Dr. Lee completed her PhD at the University of Oregon, where she continued to pursue aphasia research and worked as a Clinical Supervisor in the University Speech-Language Clinic. Here at JMU, Dr. Lee is teaching the graduate level course, Communication Disorders following Traumatic Brain Injury, this semester, and will be instructing another graduate course, Language Disorders in Adults, in the spring, along with the undergraduate lecture, CSD 416 Organic Speech Disorders.  While teaching, Dr. Lee is starting her new research program evaluating treatment techniques for aphasia. Her goal is to add to the evidence-based practices (EBPs) available to clinicians working with individuals with aphasia. As a new professor at James Madison University, she is looking forward to inspiring students to become excellent clinicians in the field of Speech-Language Pathology. Welcome to JMU’s CSD department, Dr. Lee! 

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Welcome, Dr. Timler!

            With new students, new faculty, and a new Health and Behavioral Studies building, the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders is excited to kick off a new school year! The undergraduate peer advisors would like to introduce one of our newest faculty members, Dr. Geralyn Timler. At the undergraduate level, she is currently teaching CSD 300 Children’s Language and will be teaching a section of CSD 314 Phonological and Language Disorders in the spring. She is looking forward to the unique opportunity of collaborating with another child language researcher and professor, Dr. Pavelko, for CSD 314. She is also teaching Speech Sound Disorders for the Master’s program and is serving as the new director of JMU’s residential Speech-Language Pathology Master’s program. Her research is focused on social communication disorders and she is looking at how a self-report measure of children’s conversation skills could be used for documenting the effects of social communication interventions.
Dr. Timler attended University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire for her undergraduate degree, University of Wisconsin-Madison for her Master’s, and then the University of Washington for her Ph.D. She has since taught at several universities, including Miami of Ohio where she last worked, and has had an extensive career working with children with language disorders. She experienced working in a myriad of settings including an in-patient children’s hospital, an outpatient clinic, a psychiatric hospital, a juvenile hall, and in early intervention with medically fragile kids. Dr. Timler said that she has loved working in different settings over the years, but that her favorite clinical setting was where she was able to be a part of an interdisciplinary team.
At the prospect of coming JMU, Dr. Timler was instantly impressed with JMU’s faculty and shared the excitement of the department moving to a new building. She also appreciated that our clinic had an association with the local public schools. Between JMU’s speech program and the surrounding area suiting her love for hiking, the move to JMU was a perfect fit. She is looking forward to working with such a strong student body and a faculty with diverse interests. We’re so glad to have you, Dr. Timler!

Monday, September 5, 2016


Need help with your resume? 
Want a chance to network with employers? 
An awesome opportunity is coming up that YOU can take advantage of!

Career & Academic Planning is hosting ResumePREP to help students develop their resume and offer a chance to network with participating employers. This program aims to create a relaxed environment for students to meet with employers for a personal 10 minute resume review. Refreshments will be provided!

Tuesday, September 13th

12:00 - 3:00 pm

Madison Union Ballroom (5th floor of Warren Hall, across from Madison Grill)

Participating employers:
Booz Allen Hamilton 
Dixon Hughes Goodman LLP 
Fed Bid, Inc. 
Grant Thornton LLP
JMU Human Resources 
Marriott International 
The Sherwin-Williams Company
TTI Milwaukee/Hoover/Ryobi 
United Way of Harrisonburg & Rockingham County

For questions regarding this event please contact: Laura Hickerson at 

Peer Advising Fall 2016

Welcome back, everyone!!! 

CSD Peer Advising is UP AND RUNNING!!

Katie Davies and Andi Sorber are the new peer advisors for the Fall 2016 and Spring 2017 semesters.

As double dukes, they were just in your undergraduate shoes last year and
are there to guide you through the major and answer ANY questions you may have!

When asked about their positions as the next UG Advisors they replied:

"I'm really excited to be able to help everyone who needs it, I am really knowledgeable about what they are going through and want to help in any way I can!"

"There are no stupid questions! I mean chances are I was wondering the same things as an undergrad CSD student!"

Their office hours and location can be found at the "PEER ADVISORS" tab at the top of the page AND are listed below:

Mondays 1:30-3:00pm (Katie) HBS 1042
Thursdays 1:30-3:00pm (Andi) HBS 1042

Contact them via this email: and they will get back to you promptly!

PLEASE COME VISIT US! We are here for YOU.