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April 2008

Alumna named dean

You can soon remove interim from Dr. Celia Hooper's title.

The UNCG alumna and professor of communication sciences and disorders has been named dean of the School of Health and Human Performance effective July 1.

She assumed leadership on an interim basis when Dr. David H. Perrin left the post to become provost July 1, 2007.

Dr. Hooper was a superb department head of Communication Sciences and Disorders, and over the past eight months has demonstrated her effectiveness as interim dean of HHP,” Perrin said. “She has the leadership skills and vision needed to move the school to the next level of excellence. She was selected from a highly qualified national pool of applicants.”

Hooper, who earned her master's degree in speech-language pathology at UNCG in 1974, led the planning for a doctoral program in communication sciences and disorders, which began offering courses in the fall. She also established the Applied Communicative Sciences Laboratory, where undergraduate and graduate students from several departments conduct research related to speaking and singing.

“I have enjoyed my work as interim dean, and look forward to expanding student research, distance learning and community college collaborations,” Hooper said. “I continue to be amazed at the variety of research taking place in our departments, research that contributes to health and wellness throughout North Carolina and beyond.

“It has also been my pleasure to meet our loyal alumni around the country. We will count on the advice of our alumni and community partners as we form departmental advisory boards.”

A native of Thomasville, she is president of the Council of Academic Programs in Communication Sciences and Disorders, a national organization for the field. Prior to joining UNCG in 2003, she was on the faculty at UNC Chapel Hill, the University of Kansas and Case Western Reserve University. She earned her bachelor's degree at Wake Forest University and her doctorate at Case Western Reserve.

Several exciting developments are underway in HHP, Hooper said. Distance education programs are expanding, especially in public health education and communication sciences and disorders. Two exercise and sport science teacher education faculty members, who combine physical education with science education in their research, will join the school in the fall. And all the departments in the school are collaborating on the Program for Healthy Aging and Living based at the North Campus of Gateway University Research Park.





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