Academic and Clinical Faculty

Name Title Area of Expertise Phone Email

Chair of Department

Ashley Harkrider, Ph.D. Professor Physiological Correlates of Auditory Perception 865-974-1810
Program Directors
Patrick N. Plyler, Ph.D. Professor Diagnostic audiology, amplification, and aural rehabilitation. Current research projects are examining the effectiveness of digital hearing instruments as well as the efficacy of bone-conducted otoacoustic emissions. 865-974-7588
Tim Saltuklaroglu, Ph.D. Associate Professor Stuttering, Speech Perception 865-974-0355

Academic Faculty

Devin Casenhiser, Ph.D. Assistant Professor Functional and Cognitive Factors Affecting Language Learning in Neurotypical and Autistic Populations 865-974-1808
Molly Erickson, Ph.D. Associate Professor Voice and Speech Science 865-974-9895
Katie Faulkner, Ph.D. Assistant Professor Adult and pediatric cochlear implantation, cognitive hearing science, and aural rehabilitation 856-974-1793
Mark Hedrick, Ph.D. Professor Speech perception, psychophysics 865-974-8105
Patti Johnstone, Ph.D. Associate Professor, Director of Audiology Unaided, aided and prosthetic spatial hearing; Hearing loss prevention 865-974-3319
James Lewis, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor Otoacoustic emissions, cochlear mechanics, and sound transmission in the ear canal and middle ear. 865-974-0354
Kristin A. King, Ph.D., CCC-SLP Assistant Professor Adult and Child Neuropathological Disorders; cognitive-linguistic processing, hemispheric processing 865-974-5277
Jillian H. McCarthy, Ph.D., CCC-SLP Assistant Professor Child language and literacy; Speech Sound Disorders, Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) 865-974-3761
Office:527 SSH
Elena Patten, Ph.D. Assistant Professor Early detection of autism spectrum disorders; vocal development, sensory processing & attention 865-974-4802
Kevin Reilly, Ph.D. Assistant Professor Speech motor control; sensorimotor integration; speech sequencing in healthy speakers and speakers with dysarthria; 865-974-5219

Clinical Faculty - Hearing and Speech Center

Ellen Hamby, Ph.D., CCC-SLP Clinical Associate Professor Evaluation and treatment of adult neurogenic communication disorders 865-974-4652
Tricia Hedinger, MS, CCC-SLP Clinical Assistant Professor Fluency Disorders, Early Childhood Language Disorders, Pediatric Feeding Disorders 865-974-4641
Sue Bessel Hume, Ph.D., CCC-SLP Clinical Associate Professor Voice disorders, phonological and structural speech disorders; childhood apraxia 865-974-4657
Carrie E. Mills, Ph.D., CCC-SLP Clinical Assistant Professor Speech sound and language disorders, literacy, dysphagia, cognition 865-974-4647
Teresa R. Vaughn, M.A., CCC-SLP Clinical Associate Professor Evaluation and treatment of pediatric patients with an emphasis in speech sound disorders, autism, language delay, and feeding disorders 865-974-1789
Allison Wegman, M.S., CCC-SLP Clinical Assistant Professor Evaluation and treatment in speech sound disorders and language delay and adult neurogenic disorder and dysphagia. 865-974-0658
Jennifer Wilson, M.A.,CCC-SLP

Clinical Instructor Pediatric feeding/swallowing issues, speech and language delays/disorders and voice disorders. 865-974-6740  

Clinical Faculty - Audiology Clinic

Steven M. Doettl, Au.D., CCC-A Clinical Associate Professor Vestibular evaluation and treatment; auditory and vestibular electrophysiological assessment; diagnostic evaluation and amplification for the adult population 865-974-3764
Brittany Rinehart Grayless, Au.D., CCC-A Clinical Instructor Diagnostic audiology and amplification for the adult population; tinnitus evaluation and treatment; vestibular evaluation and treatment, vestibular electrophysiological assessment 865-974-9076
Jennifer Hausladen, Au.D., CCC-A Clinical Assistant Professor Adult diagnostic evaluation and amplification services 865-974-9076
Beth Humphrey, Au.D., CCC-A Clinical Associate Professor Diagnostic audiology and amplification for both pediatric and adult populations, cochlear implant programming, cochlear implant mapping and auditory processing evaluations 865-974-2548
Erin Plyler, Au.D., CCC-A Clinical Associate Professor Serves pediatric patients birth through 21 years old. Specializing in pediatric diagnostics, amplification (hearing aids and FM systems) and auditory processing evaluations 865-974-3765
Kelly Yeager, Au.D., CCC-A Clinical Associate Professor Primarily serves birth to age 21 including, infant hearing screenings / electrophysiological diagnostic evaluations, audiological behavioral diagnostic evaluations, hearing aid/ FM evaluations/fittings, cochlear implant mapping and family support/education. 865-974-1799

Clinical Faculty - Child Hearing Services

Velvet Buehler, M.A., CCC-SLP, CCC-A Clinical Professor Aural habilitation for children with hearing impairments; aural habilitation for children with cochlear implants; evaluation of children with central auditory processing disorders (CAPD); evaluation and fitting of amplification devices 865-974-1798
Ashley Irick, M.S., CCC-SLP Clinical Instructor Pediatric and Adult Aural Habilitation therapy for individuals who use cochlear implants and hearing aids; Aural/Oral communication assessments, pre and post cochlear implant evaluations for children and adults; family support and education; Adult cochlear implant auditory training; treatment of children with auditory processing disorders. 865-974-4758
Emily Noss, M.A., CCC-SLP Clinical Assistant Professor and Clinical Coordinator Pediatric Aural Habilitation for children who use cochlear implants and hearing aids; Aural/Oral communication assessments; pre- and post-cochlear implant evaluations; Aural Habilitation pre-school program; parent support and education; adult cochlear implant auditory training; Alternative/augmentative communication 865-974-8663
Autumn Sanderson, M.A., CCC-SLP Clinical Instructor Areas of Expertise: Pediatric and adult aural habilitation therapy; aural/oral communication assessments; pre- and post-cochlear implant evaluations; family support and education; evaluation and treatment of children with central auditory processing disorders. 865-974-1797  

Clinical Faculty - Pediatric Language Clinic

Vickie Barnes, M.A., CCC-SLP Clinical Associate Professor Pediatrics (birth-to-three); specifically in the areas of autism/PDD, sensory integration / motor development, augmentative communication, oral motor stimulation, and apraxia 865-974-6702
Libby Beidelschies,               M.A., CCC-SLP

Clinical Instructor Early language development, feeding, and oral motor skills in the birth to three population 865-974-6702
Laura Genet, M.S., CCC-SLP Clinical Instructor Early Intervention for children (0-3), with primary areas of interest in autism spectrum disorders 423-963-6203

Adjunct Faculty

Kimberly Barry, Au.D., FAAA, CCC-A Clinical Associate Professor Adult and geriatric diagnostic audiology; vestibular assessment; hearing aid outcomes; professional issues 706-731-7260
Joseph Smaldino, Ph.D. Professor Classroom acoustics, adult aural rehabilitation, speech perception, outcomes measurement, hearing science, physiological measures of audition 815-762-5984
Joanna W. Tampas, Ph.D., CCC-A Clinical Assistant Professor Auditory electophysiology, Adult diagnostic audiology, Telehealth 865-545-4592

Emeritus Faculty

Carl Asp, Ph.D. Emeritus Verbotonal and Speech Science
Samuel B. Burchfield, Ph.D. Emeritus Amplification
Jerry Carney, Ph.D. Emeritus Professional Development, Structural Disorders
Jack Ferrell, M.A. Emeritus Hearing Conservation and Sound Level Measurement
Anna K. Nabelek, Ph.D. Emeritus Hearing Aid Outcome 865-974-1806
Igor Nabelek, Ph.D. Emeritus Speech Perception
Ilsa Schwarz, Ph.D. Emeritus Child Language and Literacy 865-974-4802
Carol Sheridan, M.A., CCC-SLP Emeritus Pediatric language and phonology 865-974-4641
James W. Thelin, Ph.D. Emeritus Clinical procedures in audiology. Hearing/vestibular disorders, communication development in CHARGE syndrome.