BW names a Founding Dean for the new School of Health Sciences

The former department chair is elevated to lead a new BW School that includes graduate and undergraduate programs.

Colleen Visconti Named Founding Dean, BW School of Health Sciences

June 2, 2016

Dr. Colleen F. Visconti, Founding Dean, Baldwin  Wallace University School of Health SciencesBaldwin Wallace University (BW) has appointed Colleen F. Visconti, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, as Founding Dean of the School of Health Sciences. She assumed her new role on June 1.

Dr. Visconti earned a BA in communications sciences from Case Western Reserve University (CWRU), an MS in Speech-Language Pathology from Penn State, and a Ph.D. in child language disorders from CWRU. She started at BW in 1999 as a tenure-track assistant professor, earned tenure and promotion to associate professor in 2005, and was promoted to professor in 2011. 

Visconti served as chair of the communication arts & sciences department from 2008 until 2014, when BW created the department of communication sciences & disorders as part of the new School of Health Sciences. 

Adding Speech Pathology MS and Expanded Free Speech Clinic

Along with Christie Needham, M.A., CCC-SLP, assistant professor and director of clinical education at the Speech Clinic, Visconti is responsible for developing the curriculum for BW’s new Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology degree program. She also guided the MS program through the State and American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) approval process. 

She also helped to lead the evolution of BW’s Speech Clinic to a free community resource in 2015, receiving more than $300,000 in grants to upgrade and expand clinic services and to help launch the graduate program. 

Scholarship, Recognition and Teaching

TLCSD logoAn accomplished scholar, Visconti has authored more than 40 peer-reviewed publications since coming to BW. She is one of the founding editors for the new journal Teaching and Learning on Communication Sciences and Disorders, which is in the process of reviewing manuscripts for the inaugural issue which is expected to publish soon.

In March, she received the 2016 Fellow of the Association award from the Ohio Speech-Language-Hearing Association in recognition of "outstanding professional service and/or scientific achievement."

At BW, Visconti teaches a variety of courses including Foundations in EBP, Child Language Disorders, Articulation and Phonology Disorders, Research Methods in Communication Disorders and Capstone in Communication Disorders.

Leading the Growing School of Health Sciences

As Founding Dean, Visconti will oversee undergraduate programs in communication sciences & disorders, public health and the primary healthcare advancement (pre-med), as well as graduate and professional programs in nursing, physician assistant and speech-language pathology.

As Visconti takes on the role of Dean, Needham now steps into the position of department chair for communication sciences and disorders.