Monday, April 25, 2016

Farewell Dr. Reed

With the end of the school year approaching, Dr. Reed, a speech language pathology professor, is planning to retire after 11 years of teaching at JMU and 45 years of teaching at the college level. Dr. Reed has made her mark on the JMU CSD department through years of teaching courses at the undergraduate, graduate, and doctorate levels; conducting research on children and adolescents with language impairments; and publishing multiple articles and books.

Originally entering college to study music, Dr. Reed’s long and wonderful career in speech language pathology began due to an unexpected turn when she was struggling with some of her music classes. Needing to find a new major, she sought advice from an older student in her sorority who happened to be a speech language pathology major. Dr. Reed met with a professor to learn more about the major, and it turned out to be Laura Lee, a front-runner in the field of speech language pathology. She switched her major and has been dedicated to speech language pathology since. During her junior year of college, she knew she eventually wanted to work at the college level as a clinical supervisor due to the unique opportunity to work with both young children and college students in the same setting.  After graduating with her master’s degree, Dr. Reed spent a few years in clinical practice before beginning to teach. Before the age of 25, she began teaching at the university level, and she continued teaching at 4 different universities across the US and in Australia before landing at JMU.  She contributes her success in the field to wonderful mentors who gave her great opportunities to expand her knowledge.

Dr. Reed says she will miss the people at JMU the most when she retires. Throughout her time at JMU, she has loved seeing the contributions made by fellow faculty members and being a part of the expansion of the undergraduate and PhD programs. While Dr. Reed will be missed at JMU, she is looking forward to the adventure that comes with the next new stage in her life. Dr. Reed’s contributions to the JMU CSD department will not be soon forgotten. 

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Saying Goodbye to Dr. Ryals

As our CSD seniors are getting ready to graduate and take their next big step in their lives, one of our CSD faculty members is preparing for a big change as well. Dr. Ryals is retiring after 27 years at JMU.
            Dr. Ryals is an audiology professor and Editor-in-Chief of Ear and Hearing, the official journal of the American Auditory Society. Dr. Ryals has had a full career that started with an interest in communication during high school. When she started her undergraduate career at East Carolina University, she was originally interested in speech-language pathology, but after learning more about audiology, she decided to change her career path when she entered graduate school at the University of Tennessee. After receiving her Masters degree, she had a busy career working in private practices and ENT offices, owning a private practice of her own, earning her Ph.D. from UVA, working with both the infant and geriatric populations, and eventually coming to JMU to continue her research and explore academia. She considers the highlight of her career to be the year of 1988 when she had her son, she worked with others to convince the government to form the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD), and she published a research article on her discovery that birds’ hair cells regenerate and therefore prevent them from going permanently deaf. Her hard work in the field was recognized with the Honors of the Association Award in 2014, the highest award granted by ASHA.
             While at JMU, Dr. Ryals has enjoyed the culture of academic life and working with students who she deemed “excited, interested, and smart.” When asked what advice she would give to students starting out in the field, she stated “If you don’t keep learning, you’ll get bored, and boredom is death to life.” Some other words of wisdom she gave were “don’t be afraid to ask questions” or “be a nerd”. She stressed the importance of colleagues, claiming that they are “critical” to your life, work, and happiness. While Dr. Ryals will be missed at JMU, she will continue to be involved in the field by continuing as Editor-in-Chief of Ear and Hearing, volunteering for ASHA, catching up on reading research, and traveling to conferences. Dr. Ryals’ career is a testament to the success that can be achieved with a passion for learning and a commitment to expanding the fields of audiology and speech-language pathology. 

Monday, April 4, 2016

Don't know what to take next fall?

Check out your year's page on the blog and we have written out what the CSD program suggests you take! If you have any questions or want some advice please email the student advisors or go to their office hours! For more information on the student advisors please visit their tab on the blog!