Communication Science and Disorders faculty at USD recognized nationally for excellence

VERMILLION, S.D. -- A member of the University of South Dakota faculty has been recognized nationally for excellence in communication disorders. Liz DeVelder, an instructor in the Department of Communication Science and Disorders in the College of Arts and Sciences at USD, is a 2011 National Student Speech Language Hearing Association (NSSLHA) Chapter Advisor Honors recipient.

The NSSLHA Chapter Advisor Honors are awarded each year by the Executive Council to the chapter advisor who has provided sustained and exceptional leadership through their efforts with the local NSSLHA chapter. Students from NSSLHA chapters around the United States are eligible to nominate their advisor for this recognition.

DeVelder received a B.S. in Communication Science and Disorders and M.A. in Communication Science and Disorders - Speech and Language Pathology, from the University of South Dakota. She also has an M.A. in Curriculum and Instruction from Wayne State College.

In addition to being recognized at the American Speech and Hearing Association (ASHA) convention NSSLHA banquet in San Diego this weekend, DeVelder will receive a plaque and a $500 stipend. A photograph of Liz is available for download at


Founded in 1862 and the first university in the Dakotas, the University of South Dakota is the only public liberal arts university in the state, with 198 undergraduate and 79 graduate programs in the College of Arts & Sciences, School of Education, School of Law, Sanford School of Medicine, School of Health Sciences, Beacom School of Business and College of Fine Arts. With an enrollment of more than 10,000 students and more than 400 faculty, USD has a 16:1 student/faculty ratio, and it ranks among the best in academics and affordability. USD’s 18 athletic programs compete at the NCAA Division I level.

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Hailie Warren
USD News