For release: October 29, 2010
For press information, contact Gabrielle Maxey, 901/678-2843
The U.S. Department of Education has awarded a grant totaling almost $1.2 million
to Dr. Linda Jarmulowicz, an associate professor in the School of Audiology and Speech-Language
Pathology (AUSP) at the University of Memphis. The four-year grant will fund the development
of a program of clinical study that will prepare AUSP graduates to work with culturally
and linguistically diverse (CLD) populations.
Dr. Linda Jarmulowicz
The program, “Working with Interpreters,” is designed to address the national shortage
of audiologists and speech-language pathologists who have specialized cultural and
linguistic knowledge and training. Beginning Nov. 1, 27 U of M student clinicians
will be trained via a modified academic program and onsite/external clinical experience.
Clinic beneficiaries will include pre-school-aged and school-aged children and their
families from culturally and linguistically diverse populations who exhibit mild,
moderate, or severe speech, language, or hearing disabilities. Particular focus will
be on the growing Hispanic population in Memphis.
In the competitive program, three students will be chosen to participate each semester.
They will each be assigned a pediatric clinical placement and will contribute 10 clinical
hours a week for two semesters in a new clinic with onsite interpreters, in addition
to completing academic coursework requirements. In return, the students will receive
four semesters of financial support, including tuition, fees, and a stipend.
Students who successfully complete the program will graduate with an emphasis on cultural
and linguistic diversity (CLD) within their broader program of study
“We are very excited about the opportunity not only to train our students better,
but also to address a need in the community and in our profession,” said Dr. Jarmulowicz,
principal investigator of the project. “We are also looking forward to developing
relationships with community leaders and with other programs at the University of
Memphis. This project has some interdisciplinary components that will allow us to
interact with and benefit from programs like the Interpreter Training Program in the
School of Public Health and with the Center for Research in Educational Policy.”
Other organizations closely involved in the program are local school systems and Latino
For more information, call Dr. Linda Jarmulowicz or Teresa Wolf at 901-678-5800.