Faculty & Staff

Terry Baggs, Ph.D.  
Department Chair
Associate Professor

B.A., Freed-Hardeman University, 1977
M.S., University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, 1981
Ph.D., University of Memphis, 1992

Phone: 325-674-4819
Email: terry.baggs@acu.edu
Office: DM 115A

Areas of scholarship/expertise:  

  • Adult neurogenic speech and language disorders
  • Dysphagia
  • Voice disorders
  • Clinical supervisory issues

Professional credentials:

  • Certificate of Clinical Competence, Speech-Language Pathology 
  • License in Speech-Language Pathology, State of Texas 

Professional memberships:

  • American Speech-Language-Hearing Association
  • Texas Speech-Language-Hearing Association
  • Big Country Speech-Language-Hearing Association

Lynette Austin, Ph.D. 
Director of Bilingual Emphasis Program 
Associate Professor

B.S.Ed., Abilene Christian University, 1987 
M.A., Abilene Christian University, 1987
Ph.D., University of Houston, 2007

Phone: 325-674-2090
Email: lynette.austin@acu.edu
Office: DM 124

Area of scholarship/expertise:

  • Child language development and disorders
  • Language development and disorders of bilingual-multilingual speakers

Professional credentials:

  • Certificate of Clinical Competence, Speech-Language Pathology
  • License in Speech-Language Pathology, State of Texas

Professional memberships:

  • American Speech-Language-Hearing Association
  • Texas Speech-Language-Hearing Association

Denise Barnett, Ph.D.
Graduate Program Coordinator
Assistant Professor

B.S.Ed., Abilene Christian University, 1980
M.A., Abilene Christian University, 1982
Ph.D., Texas Tech University, 2010

Phone: 325-674-2420 
Email: barnettd@acu.edu
Office: DM 155C

Areas of scholarship/expertise:

  • Adult neurogenic language disorders
  • Learning disabilities
  • Communication disorders related to genetic syndromes

Professional credentials:

  • Certificate of Clinical Competence, Speech-Language Pathology
  • License in Speech-Language Pathology, State of Texas

Professional memberships:

  • American Speech-Language Hearing Association
  • Texas Speech-Language Hearing Association
  • Big Country Speech-Language Hearing Association

Brenda Bender, Ph.D. 
Associate Professor  

B.S.Ed., Abilene Christian University, 1990
M.S., University of North Texas, 1994
Ph.D., University of Memphis, 2001

Phone: 325-674-2540
Email: brenda.bender@acu.edu
Office: DM 126

Area of scholarship/expertise:

  • Adult neurogenic speech and voice disorders
  • Speech science
  • Research methodology

Professional credentials:

  • Certificate of Clinical Competence, Speech-Language Pathology
  • License in Speech-Language Pathology, State of Texas

Professional memberships:

  • American Speech-Language Hearing Association
  • Texas Speech-Language Hearing Association

Sommer Brock, Aud.D.
Part-Time Faculty 

B.S., University of South Alabama, 2006
Aud.D., University of South Alabama, 2010

Phone: 325-674-2074
Email: sbrock@hendrickhealth.org
Office: 1924 Hickory Street, Abilene

Areas of scholarship/expertise:

  • Pediatric audiology and amplification
  • Electrophysiology
  • Clinic management

Professional credentials:

  • Certificate of Clinical Competence, Audiology
  • Licence in Audiology, State of Texas

Professional memberships: 

  • American Speech-Language Hearing Association
  • Texas Speech-Language Hearing Association
  • Big Country Speech-Language Hearing Association

Sue Postelwait, M.S. 
Part-time Faculty

B.A., Oklahoma State University, 1986
B.S., Abilene Christian University, 2008


Phone: 325-674-6670
Email: sep05e@acu.edu
Office: MCK 145

Areas of scholarship/expertise:

  • Pediatric motor speech disorders
  • Pediatric language disorders

Professional credentials:

  • Certificate of Clinical Competence, Speech-Language Pathology
  • License in Speech-Language Pathology, State of Texas

Professional memberships: 

  • American Speech-Language Hearing Association
  • Texas Speech-Language Hearing Association
  • Big Country Speech-Language Hearing Association

Rachel Smith, M.S. 
Assistant Clinic Director
Instructor

B.S., Abilene Christian University, 1998
M.S., Abilene Christian University, 2001

Phone: 325-674-2829
Email: smithrd@acu.edu
Office: MCK 140

Areas of scholarship/expertise:

  • Pediatric feeding and swallowing disorders
  • Motor speech disorders
  • Craniofacial disorders 
  • Language disorders

Professional credentials:

  • Certificate in Clinical Competence, Speech-Language Pathology
  • License in Speech-Language Pathology, State of Texas

Professional memberships:

  • American Speech-Language Hearing Association
  • Texas Speech-Language Hearing Association

Diana Taylor, M.A. 
Clinic Director
Assistant Professor

B.A., Abilene Christian University, 1988
M.A., Abilene Christian University, 1990

Phone: 325-674-2075
Email: diana.taylor@acu.edu
Office: MCK 143

Areas of scholarship/expertise:

  • Adult neurogenic speech and language disorders
  • Pediatric language development and disorders

Professional credentials:

  • Certificate of Clinical Competence, Speech-Language Pathology
  • License in Speech-Language Pathology, State of Texas

Professional memberships: 

  • American Speech-Language Hearing Association
  • Texas Speech-Language Hearing Association

Staff 

Connie Chrane
Degree Plan Specialist
Administrative Coordinator, Academic

Phone: 325-674-2074
Email: cgc04b@acu.edu
Office: DM116


Autum McNeill
Administrative Coordinator, Clinic

Phone: 325-674-6670
Email: adm05b@acu.edu 
Office: MCK 145

 

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