Thursday, March 27, 2014

Cover Girls

The CDI faculty would also like to celebrate the many accomplishments of the women who make up our CDI family, both past and present! Congratulations, be good to yourself! 

“A charming woman doesn’t follow the crowd. She is herself.” -- Loretta Young

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Grand Rounds

Dear Colleagues,
The Graduate Program in Speech-Language Pathology is pleased to announce the date of the second annual Grand Rounds in Speech-Language Pathology!

  Thursday April 24th, from 5:30-8:30
  Please join us in auditorium in Alexander Hall for a scholarly evening!
  CEU’s will be available!
The inaugural Grand Rounds held last spring was well-received by our alumni, supervisors and graduate students! The event is designed to prepare our master’s candidates to present and defend their clinical activities in a professional forum.

We would like to invite you to participate in the 2014 SLP Grand Rounds!
This year we will have 4 student presentations, and for each case presented a panel of three speech-language pathologists will review the case and provide the student with feedback. We are hopeful this opportunity will give you a chance to catch up with your former classmates and faculty.
In addition to attending this free CEU opportunity, we invite you to volunteer to serve as an expert panel member for at least one student case study. We need experts in assessment and treatment across medical and educational settings. To thank you and show our appreciation, we would like you to join us for complimentary appetizers and beverages.
Please RSVP to Kelly Kleinhans at Murray State University or 270-809-6843/270-809-2446
We look forward to seeing you!!!!!

Wednesday, March 12, 2014



Please Spread the Word! 

Teacher Prep

Greetings Alumni,

If you are a member of the Kentucky Speech and Hearing Association (KSHA), recently you may have received an electronic email survey about teacher certification.  While I cannot speak to the intent of the survey sent by KSHA, I think you should be aware that recent changes to teacher preparation regulations set forth by the Educational Professional Standards Board (EPSB) have impacted our ability to assist graduate students in speech-language pathology in meeting teacher preparation education requirements. It is my hope that after sharing this information with you, if you complete the survey, you may do so as informed alumni.

In the state of Kentucky, teacher certification as a requirement for employment in the school setting is a district decision, and as such, some districts require it and others do not. Historically, the Murray State University Graduate Program in Speech-Language Pathology has been able to support our students who desire teacher certification by working with the teacher preparation personnel from the MSU College of Education.  In the spring of 2012, we were informed of 16 KAR 5:040 Admission, Placement and Supervision in Student Teaching, a new regulation set by EPSB that went into effect in September of 2013. While we made a good faith effort to meet the many provisions of this regulation, we discovered the demands of the regulation exceeded what we could provide in a two year graduate program. In the summer of 2012, the five universities in Kentucky that offer graduate programs in Speech-Language Pathology got together to address the challenges brought on by the new regulation.   In the fall of 2013, a coalition comprised of Murray State University, Western Kentucky University, the University of Kentucky,  and the University of Louisville submitted a petition requesting a waiver from  sections of 16 KAR 5:040 (Section 3 (3) and Section 6(4)(a)),  while a new certificate under “other instructional services personnel” could be drafted. In October of 2013, we were permitted to speak to the full EPSB regarding our petition. At that meeting, there was recognition among the members of the EPSB that speech-language pathologists indeed are not teachers. At the conclusion of that board meeting, Robert Brown, the director, made the recommendation that the coalition work with its attorney to create the new certificate.  The certificate will be modeled after other professionals who work in the school setting, such as social workers, who have a certificate entitled “Professional Certificate for School Social Workers.” It is envisioned that the new certificate would mirror our current licensure law in Kentucky.

To be clear, SLPs who currently hold the teaching certificate or want to pursue the teaching certificate would not be affected. SLPs could, though, apply for the alternative certificate. 

The faculty and staff of the Murray State University Graduate Program in Speech-Language Pathology are committed to providing a broad base of clinical experiences that cut across practice settings, including educational and medical models. We value a student teaching experience and are committed to providing such an opportunity to our students. Under the current 16 KAR regulation, Murray State University students who desire teacher certification would have to extend their graduate work beyond the current two year program of studies we offer to meet the demands of the new regulation. In essence, they would need to complete the Graduate Program of Studies to qualify for the ASHA Certificate of Competence and then continue for 1-2 more terms with the teacher preparation personnel to meet the requirements for teacher certification in Kentucky.

We hope this information will help you fill out the survey as informed KSHA member and alumni of MSU.
Please contact me if you have any questions. 


Sunday, March 2, 2014

 I would like to share the following email from the Interim President and Provost. As the administrators have stated the impact on our program will be minimal. I would further like to assure our current and future students that the Communication Disorders Program is poised for growth and continued success. The faculty and staff of the Communication Disorders Program are committed to teaching and learning experiences that will best prepare our students for successful careers as speech-language pathologists. Please contact me if you have any questions.


Kelly A. Kleinhans, Ph.D.
CDI Program Director

From: Presidential News
Sent: Friday, February 28, 2014 2:19 PM
To: students
Subject: News From the President's Office - Update to All Students

All MSU Students:
We would like to take the opportunity to update you on the recent news surrounding the restructuring of our MSU College of Health Sciences and Human Services (HSHS).  For the past few months MSU has been working through balancing a budget deficit that occurred as a result of an increase in unanticipated expenses and through reductions in higher education support for the State of Kentucky.  
One of the ways we have sought to cover our additional expenses is to reduce the number of administrative/staff positions that we have on campus.  So, as a result of this process we are restructuring the College of HSHS and simply having the respective departments report to other renamed colleges.
We want you to know that no academic programs or majors will be eliminated, no faculty/advisors will be eliminated, no student workers will be eliminated, and your academic program and all of your classes/labs will remain in the same building location as they always have beenSimilarly, your program will still have the same name, your advisor will be the same person, your faculty will be the same faculty, and your major/diploma will say the same thing – there should be no change that would affect you as a student.
Recently our MSU Academic Council (composed of faculty and student representatives) voted unanimously to move forward with this restructuring.  The Council voted to rename two existing colleges/schools to absorb the current HSHS; going forward we will move towards a College of Education and Human Services that will encompass education and all of the human service programs formerly of HSHS, and a renamed School of Nursing and Health Professions that will house nursing and our allied health professions that were formerly in HSHS.  The Department of Occupational Safety and Health will not change locations, but will join the Jones College of Science, Engineering and Technology since it has close ties with industry and was formerly aligned with this college.
In undergoing this restructuring to lower our administrative expenses we have kept our commitment to not eliminating any academic programs.  MSU’s loyalty will continue to be to our students, as well as to our faculty and the academic enterprise – the real reason we are here.
Thank you for your understanding of these changes – they should not affect you, your academic program effectiveness, or your success in any way.
….and thanks for being a Racer!

Tim Miller, Interim President
Jay Morgan, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs