University of Missouri School of Health Professions Dean Dr. Kristofer Hagglund announced today that Dr. Judith Goodman, current Chair of the Department of Communication Science and Disorders, has accepted the role of Associate Dean for Research in a permanent capacity, and Dr. Stacy Wagovich has been named as the new Chair of that department. “Dr. Goodman has been serving in a dual role for nearly a year, and this change will allow her to focus on our school’s research mission,” Hagglund said. “Dr. Wagovich has been Associate Chair of the Department of Communication Science and Disorders, and is in an excellent position to continue to lead the department.”
Stacy Wagovich, PhD, CCC-SLP, has been a faculty member in CSD since 2001. Her research program, funded in part by the NIDCD, focuses on the interplay between language, cognition and stuttering in young children; word learning in school-age children with language impairments; and measurement of expressive skills through language sample analysis. Dr. Wagovich teaches courses in fluency disorders and developmental language disorders. As the coordinator of the SHP undergraduate research apprenticeship and an advisory board member for the MU Office of Undergraduate Research, she enjoys and values undergraduate research mentorship as well as research training at all levels. In 2016, she received the MU Undergraduate Research Mentorship Award. Dr. Wagovich is the editor-in-chief of Seminars in Speech and Language (Pediatric Section) and is an editorial board member of the American Journal of Speech-Language Pathology. She has also served as the associate editor of Langague, Speech and Hearing Services in Schools and the Journal of Fluency Disorders.
“Dr. Wagovich has been helping to shape the teaching and research missions of CSD through her work with students and department faculty for many years,” Goodman said. “She has served on committees within SHP and on campus, and has an excellent understanding of how to help our faculty meet their professional goals – she will be a great leader and advocate for the department.” Goodman has been the department chair in CSD for 10 years, and accepted the Associate Dean for Research role on an interim basis when Dr. Janet Farmer retired in 2016. “SHP is a young school with tremendous potential, and I am excited for this new opportunity,” Goodman said. “I hope to build on the existing research culture and support our faculty as they work toward a better understanding of the disorders, therapies and policies that shape the future of health care.”
Both leadership changes will take effect May 1, 2017.