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Communication Disorders Staff - Janice Smith

Dr. Janice Smith, Ph.D. CCC/SLP

Dr. Janice Smith, Ph.D. CCC/SLP


Office:  Academic Complex 108-F
Phone:  270-745-5875


  • CD 280 Introduction to Communication Disorders
  • CD 481 Normal Speech and Language Development
  • SLP 504 Seminar in Child Language
  • SLP 572 Contemporary Issues in Communication Disorders
  • SLP 500 Research Methods in Communication Disorders
  • SLP 589 Special Topics in Communication Disorders


Autism | Resilience | Problem Solving | Evidence-Based Practice


Dr. Janice Carter Smith earned her Bachelor of Health Science in Communication Disorders,  Master of Science in Speech Language Pathology, and Doctor of Philosophy in Rehabilitation Sciences degrees from the University of Kentucky. Before joining the faculty at WKU, she worked as an SLP in the public schools for 6 years. She then began working with the Medical Center at Bowling Green and as a Clinical Supervisor at the Clinical Education Complex. Additionally, Dr. Smith has worked as an Autism Consultant with the schools. She has presented at several state and national conferences regarding her research on autism and related disorders. She has taught courses in both the development and disorders of language. Dr. Smith is a wife and mom of two beautiful children. She enjoys spending time playing in the yard, reading and engaging in the call of Christ.

Teaching Philosophy

I strive to utilize a diversity of teaching strategies to help my students achieve their goals. By engaging my classes in small group and whole class discussions, role plays, debates, independent studies, and inventive projects, we will build energy, enthusiasm, and drive that will carry us through the material and into real life applications. By cultivating an environment of mutual respect and security where all students are free of the fear of rejection and criticism, we will enable each other to express opinions, and thoughts that deepen our learning experiences. Finally, by understanding that students are individuals who have different interests, different motivations, and different learning styles, I endeavor to create a classroom that is dynamic in presentations, relationships, and experiences.

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