Jun 21, 2024  
2023-24 Undergraduate Bulletin 
2023-24 Undergraduate Bulletin

Department of Human Services and Educational Leadership

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Human Services Building, Room 302
Phone: (936) 468-2906
Fax: (936) 468-5837

Program/Faculty Contacts

Communication Sciences and Disorders Program
Lydia Richardson

Rehabilitation Services
Bill Weber



  • Luis Aguerrevere, PhD, University of New Orleans, Applied BioPsychology
  • Nina Ellis-Hervey, PhD, Oklahoma State University, School Psychology
  • Stacy Hendricks, EdD, Texas A&M University-Commerce, Educational Administration
  • Wendy K. Killam, PhD, University of Arkansas, Counselor Education
  • William F. Weber, EdD, University of Northern Colorado, Rehabilitation Counseling

Associate Professors

  • Jaime Flowers, PhD, Chapman University, School Psychology
  • Ali Hachem, PhD, Miami University, Educational Administration
  • Lori Kupczynski, EdD, Texas A&M University-Kingsville, Adult and Higher Education
  • Daniel McCleary, PhD, University of Tennessee, School Psychology
  • Summer Pannell, PhD, University of Mississippi, Educational Leadership
  • Barbara Qualls, PhD, University of North Texas, Curriculum and Instruction, Research
  • Nandhakumar Radhakrishnan, PhD, Bowling Green State University, Communication Disorders
  • Lydia Richardson, SLPD, Nova Southeastern University, Speech-Language Pathology
  • Pietro Sasso, PhD, Darden College of Education, Educational Leadership
  • Brian Uriegas, EdD, Texas A&M University at Kingsville, Educational Leadership

Assistant Professors

  • Andrew Southerland, PhD, University of Wyoming, Counselor Education and Supervision
  • Brandi Sawyer, PhD, Texas A&M University-Commerce, Counselor Education and Supervision
  • Ralf Schuster, PhD, East Carolina University, Counselor Education and Supervision
  • Elaine Turner, PhD, Stephen F. Austin State University, School Psychology

Clinical Instructors

  • Layne Debardelaben, MA, University of Houston, Speech-Language Pathology
  • Amy Durham, MS, Stephen F. Austin State University, Speech-Language Pathology
  • Kelly Jobe, AuD, University of Florida, Audiology
  • Erin Keeling, MS, Texas Woman’s University, Speech-Language Pathology
  • Brittany McCreary, PhD, Stephen F. Austin State University, School Psychology
  • Deena Petersen, MS, University of Southern Mississippi, Speech-Language Pathology

Clinic/Center/Lab Directors

  • Nina Ellis-Hervey (School Psychology Assessment Center)
  • Kelly Jobe (Cole Audiology Lab)
  • Luis Aguerrevere (Human Neuroscience Laboratory)
  • Nashae Turner (Counseling Clinic)
  • Deena Petersen (Stanley Center for Speech and Language Disorders)
  • William Weber (Rehabilitation Services Career Planning Laboratory)

Training Directors

  • Brittany McCreary, Nina Ellis-Hervey (SFA Charter School psychology internship)



Objectives of the department include:

  1. the preparation of professionals for careers in rehabilitation and related human services occupations serving the general population and people with disabilities and communication disorders
  2. providing graduate education in nationally accredited programs in counseling, speech-language pathology and school psychology.
  3. and the preparation of leaders for elementary and secondary schools, as well as institutions of higher education.

Communication Sciences and Disorders

A speech-language pathologist evaluates and provides treatment for children and adults who have communication and swallowing disorders. The bachelor’s degree is a pre-professional degree for people wishing to pursue graduate study in communication sciences and disorders or speech-language pathology or for those wishing to pursue a career as a speech-language pathology assistant. The master’s degree is required for Texas licensure and clinical certification by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association.

Admission Process

Admission is based upon the applicant’s overall GPA and grades in the introductory CSDS courses. To be considered for admission review, the applicant must submit the following materials:

  1. a completed application to the communication sciences and disorders program
  2. complete transcripts for all previous college credit
  3. and a copy of advising sheets.

Applications for admission to the summer and fall classes must be submitted by April 15 each year. Applications for admission to the spring classes must be submitted by Nov. 15 each year. It is the responsibility of the student to make sure that all application materials are received by the communication sciences and disorders program by deadline.

Admission Requirements

Students requesting admission to the Bachelor of Science in communication sciences and disorders program must meet the following criteria:

  1. Acceptance to SFA
  2. a minimum of 30 credit hours
  3. Overall GPA of 2.75 in college work
  4. Completion of the following prerequisite courses with a grade of B or higher: CSDS 2300 , CSDS 2310  and CSDS 2320  

Students will not be permitted to register for advanced communication sciences and disorders courses unless they have completed and met the minimum requirements in the prerequisite courses and have been admitted to the Bachelor of Science in communication sciences and disorders program.


Rehabilitation Services

Rehabilitation professionals help those with disabilities achieve their greatest physical, mental, social, educational and vocational potential. The undergraduate rehabilitation services training program has focused on the holistic nature of people, self-responsibility for health promotion and wellness, the uniqueness of each individual, equal opportunity for health care, and social and economic involvement for all persons with disabilities. The BS in rehabilitation services offers three concentrations from which students may choose: deaf services, orientation and mobility, or rehabilitation services. The program also offers a 21-hour addiction studies minor that lays the foundation for students wishing to complete the coursework necessary to obtain the licensed chemical dependency counselor credential following graduation.


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