Professor Christopher Dromey has been appointed as the new chair of the Department of Communications Disorders in the McKay School of Education effective July 1, 2019. Dromey will replace retiring department chair Martin Fujiki, who has served since 2015.
Of his appointment, Dromey said, “I’m happy to serve as the department chair in Communication Disorders. The department has changed significantly in the last three years with the hiring of six new faculty members to fill vacancies resulting from retirements. These new colleagues bring expertise and enthusiasm that will greatly bless our students.” Dromey also said the market for speech-language pathologists is growing and he hopes to expand the program to accept more applicants.
Dean Mary Anne Prater said, “I’m grateful that he is willing to accept this appointment. It will be his second time as a department chair.” Dromey first served as department chair from 2009 to 2015, replacing then-chair David McPherson. “Dromey puts teaching high on his priority list, but he’s also an exceptional researcher and is very well-known in his field and across the country.”
Dean Prater also said she has been impressed by Dromey’s support of faculty and their advancement, as well as his knowledge of and sensitivity to the needs of students.
Dromey received his bachelor’s degree in German from BYU, his master’s degree in speech-language pathology from the State University of New York at Buffalo, and his PhD in speech pathology from the University of Colorado at Boulder. He began teaching at the McKay School in 2000.
“In the coming years,” said Dromey, “I look forward to assisting our new faculty through the rank and status process as they establish their research programs and settle into their roles as dedicated teachers and mentors. We appreciate the leadership in the McKay School and the university, and are grateful for the support and encouragement they give us. The future is bright. We have much to look forward to.”
Want to learn more about the new chair? Read about his research interests, awards, and publications.
Writer: Anessa Pennington
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