I came to Newark State College (now Kean University) in September 1973, after completing my doctorate at the University of Minnesota. Through the years, I've taught most of the undergraduate courses as well as many of the graduate courses. I served as undergraduate Program Coordinator then graduate Program Coordinator and now Executive Director. My research interests have always centered on language disorders, whether they occur in children or adults, and I've published articles in both areas. As my administrative duties increased, time for independent research has diminished. Now my research energies are funneled through the masters students' research projects that I direct.
Outside the walls of Kean University, I had a small private practice from 1976 to 2008, providing speech-language pathology services, both in my office in through visiting nursing agencies. I served as the first Chairman of the state's licensing board for speech-language pathologists and audiologists for fourteen years; I was elected to represent New Jersey on ASHA's Legislative Council and I have been an active member, past President and Committee Chair in the New Jersey Speech-Language-Hearing Association since 1974, where I currently serve as a member of its Board of Directors. Throughout the years, I've observed my students in public schools, special schools, hospitals, rehabilitation centers, nursing homes, Early Intervention programs and private practices. As I've been involved with the profession in administrative, legislative, academic and clinical venues, I feel I know it well. I derive a great deal of pleasure in guiding my future colleagues as they pursue their degrees in preparation for exciting careers as speech-language pathologists, audiologists or teachers of the deaf and hard of hearing. In my role as Executive Director, I seek to support my faculty and our students, while coordinating the activities of dynamic programs.