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Prestigious Award Honors UW-Eau Claire's Professor Linda Carpenter

RELEASED: Feb. 9, 2007

Dr. Linda Carpenter
Dr. Linda Carpenter

EAU CLAIRE — The Wisconsin Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology Association has awarded its highest honor to Dr. Linda Carpenter, a professor of communication sciences and disorders at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.

Carpenter received the Honors of the Association Award Feb. 9 at the association's annual convention in Madison.

The award recognizes excellence in at least three of the following areas: education, clinical service, research, service to the professions of audiology and/or speech-language pathology, leadership, enhancing public and/or political awareness regarding the impact of speech-language and/or hearing problems, or how the nominee serves as a mentor.

"I was stunned and deeply honored when I received word of the award: stunned because it never crossed my mind that I would receive an award such as this; and honored because the nomination comes from my peers within my discipline and because it relates substantially to my work in teaching and learning, which I am passionate about," Carpenter said.

Carpenter's interest areas are assessment and treatment of language and phonological disorders of children, multicultural aspects of communication development and disorders, interdisciplinary education and service delivery, and treatment efficacy. She teaches undergraduate courses in phonological disorders and clinical procedures, and graduate seminars in assessment and serving diverse populations.

Carpenter supervises graduate students in assessment of children and adults through the Human Development Center. She has several publications in her field and served as vice president for communications of WSHA-P from 2000-2002.

In fall 2006, a graduate student she mentors was one of nine students nationwide to receive a Students Preparing for Academic and Research Careers Award from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association.

"Dr. Carpenter has been amazing," said Andrea Boh, Carpenter's graduate assistant who worked with her on a scholarship of teaching and learning project. "Basically, I tell her what I'm interested in and she finds a way for me to pursue it. I don't think I would ever have gotten this kind of one-on-one attention anywhere else."

Carpenter rejoined the UW-Eau Claire faculty in 1988 following a decade in California. She holds a doctorate in special education from the joint program at UCLA and California State University-Los Angeles.

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