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Self and Other Course Pairing

Introduction to Human Communication: Exploring ourselves and others (SP102)

Effective communication is a critical skill affecting most, if not all, areas of our personal and professional lives.  This course is a required introductory course for potential speech-language pathology majors, but is relevant and appropriate for all areas of study. The course will address the components and principles surrounding human communication, as well as evaluate and explore the impact of perception, differences, and language on this process.  Communication specific to gender, culture, and personal relationships will be explored, culminating in exploration of others and ourselves.

Faculty Biography

Dr. Janet Preis has been a practicing speech-language pathologist for almost 30 years, and a member of Loyola University MD’s community since 2002. Dr. Preis is currently an Associate Professor and Graduate Program Director in the Department of Speech-Language Pathology/Audiology, with vast teaching experience in the Graduate and Undergraduate programs. In 2009, she was honored with The Harry W. Rodgers, III Distinguished Teacher of the Year Award.

Introduction to Communication Disorders (SP103)

This course is a survey of the disorders of speech, language, and hearing in pediatric, adolescent, and adult populations. The role of the speech-language pathologist and audiologist in the identification and treatment of individuals with these disorders is addressed. Students learn the professional vocabulary and concepts that are the foundation for advanced courses in the department.

Faculty Biography

Dr. Marie Kerins has been faculty in the Department of Speech-Language Hearing Sciences at  Loyola University Maryland since 2000. During her tenure at Loyola she has served as Graduate Program Director, Chair, Department Speech Language Hearing Sciences and Associate Vice President Research and Graduate Affairs. Prior to 2000, she spent 18-years working in the schools as a licensed speech-language pathologist. Research interests: language and literacy-based interventions particularly under the lens of interprofessional education.

Mentor Biography

Since 2008, Molly Fredette has served as the Director of the Study at Loyola. The Study serves as a learning center on campus offering a wide variety of learning enhancement programs for students, such as peer and professional tutoring, time management & organizational coaching, academic success workshops, and academic coaching. Molly holds an M.Ed. with concentrations in adult pedagogy and English as a second language. She loves working with first-year students and helping them make the challenging transition from high school to college.

Virtual Advisor

Students considering a major in Speech Language Hearing Sciences are strongly encouraged to preference this course pairing.  For students exploring other majors, these two courses will count towards elective credit. 

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