UNK Office of the Chancellor

The 2012 Leland Holdt/Security Mutual Life Distinguished Faculty Award was presented to Dr. Linda Crowe, chair and professor of communication disorders, today (Friday, Dec. 14) during winter commencement ceremonies at the University of Nebraska at Kearney.

In presenting the award, UNK Chancellor Doug Kristensen noted: “A well-published research scholar and a cutting edge consumer of research in her discipline, she is known for integrating new science and technology in a continuous renewal of course improvement.

“Student evaluations consistently place her at or near the top of the rating scale,” he said. “Their anecdotal comments tell the story of a mentor who instructs with high expectations and who skillfully connects course content with real world practice. It is also telling when, frequently, former students are seen enthusiastically greeting her with gratitude and praise.”

Dr. Crowe joined the UNK campus as an associate professor of communication disorders in 2008 and was promoted to the rank of professor in 2010. In 2009, she was appointed chair of the Department of Communication Disorders.

Dr. Kenya Taylor, an associate vice chancellor for Academic and Student Affairs and dean for Graduate Studies and Research, said of Dr. Crowe: “She is the mentor and role model for an ever larger number of professionally successful UNK graduates serving the citizenry of Nebraska and across the nation as licensed, competent speech-language pathologists. She encourages and mentors students in research projects and frequently presents with them as co-authors at professional conferences.”

In addition to her work with UNK students, Dr. Crowe serves on numerous commissions and boards including editorial boards, or as an editorial consultant, for at least six major journals. Currently, she serves on the university-wide Buffett Early Childhood Institute Steering Committee, the UNK Graduation Strategy Task Force, UNK Graduate Council, Professional Conduct Committee of the Faculty Senate and the UNK Undergraduate Research Council.