Dr. David Alexander, Au.D., CCC-A
Loyola University Class of 2002
Maryland School for the Deaf
The path from Loyola to a doctorate in Audiology
After completing his undergraduate degree in Speech-Language Pathology at Loyola 2002, Dr. Alexander went to the Army's flight school in Alabama and learned to fly Blackhawk helicopters. While on Active Duty, he went to Germany and deployed to Afghanistan for a year, went back to Fort Rucker, Alabama; Ft. Knox, Kentucky; and found his way to the University of South Dakota (USD) as an assistant professor of military science.
While at USD, Dr. Alexander enrolled in prerequisite courses for an accelerated nursing program during which one of the audiology professors asked him if he had considered audiology, since he had a degree in communication sciences/disorders. After observing some clinical sessions, he decided to apply to ONE program for an AuD, letting the admission committee determine his career path. He was accepted for entry in 2011, and we went into the Army Reserves while completing the Au.D. program.
Putting the degree into action
In November 2015, after many job offers, Dr. Alexander, his wife Fay (also a Loyola graduate), son Xaver (10), and daughter Alexa (8), landed back in Maryland for his position as Educational Audiologist at the Maryland School for the Deaf (MSD). At MSD, Dr. Alexander takes on multiple roles, serving as the lead audiologist for the newborn hearing screening program and as a teacher for the Cadet Corps program, an after-school program similar to Junior Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (JROTC).
Advocating for others
Dr. Alexander works closely with a colleague at MSD, Mr. Keith Nolan, in his efforts to pass a bill allowing for a demonstration program for those who are deaf or hard of hearing to join the military (Air Force). They also both participate in MSD’s Cadet Corps program. Together, Dr. Alexander and Mr. Nolan are making headlines, trying to makes changes in governmental policy, and inspiring students. Most recently, Dr. Alexander and Mr. Nolan participated in American Airlines’ inaugural ‘Inclusion Works’ event, highlighting including and diversity in the workplace.
Articles discussing David’s involvement with the Maryland School for the Deaf Cadet Corps and his efforts to help allow deaf people serve in the military can be found here and here.
Other interesting facts
Dr. Alexander was selected to be in an Army commercial in 2003, which aired on TV. He also went through ASHA's Minority Student Leadership Program (2014), and is currently in ASHA's Leadership Development Program.
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