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Clinical Faculty



Clinical Assistant Professor and Director of Clinical Education  

Renee Wendel is a senior lecturer and clinic co-director in the Department of Communication Disorders. She holds the ASHA Certificate of Clinical Competence in speech-language pathology, and is licensed as a speech-language pathologist by the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation. Mrs. Wendel earned her master's degree in communication disorders from Texas State in 1994, and her primary areas of interest and expertise are in assessment and treatment of individuals with autism spectrum disorder and reading and writing disorders. Her service and teaching has been recognized by Texas State University, having been awarded the Faculty Excellence Award in Service at the lecturer level in 2005 and 2010. In 2012 she was the College of Health Professions Dean’s Nominee for the Presidential Award for Excellence in Service, and in 2015 earned the Presidential Award for Excellence in Teaching, representing the College of Health Professions. Mrs. Wendel teaches Advanced Clinical Practicum and Internship in Communication Disorders as well as fulfilling responsibilities centered around clinical education and compliance as a co-director of the Texas State University Speech-Language-Hearing Clinic. As a non-tenure line faculty member, Mrs. Wendel has made several presentations in the areas of autism spectrum disorder, privacy and security of client/patient records, and pedagogical and androgogical practices at local, state and national meetings. Outside of her work at Texas State University, she consults with local organizations providing continuing education and parent training to individuals interacting with children and adults on the autism spectrum. Ms. Wendel’s other clinical and research interests include:

  • Literacy acquisition in children with autism spectrum disorder.
  • Cognitive-social factors influencing the acquisition of communication skills in children with ASD.
  • The role of social conformity in ethical decision making in a clinical setting.
  • Technology applications in clinical service delivery.
  • Managing privacy and security of electronic PHI.
  • Pedagogical practices and outcomes in clinical education.

Office: Willow Hall, Office 114
Phone: 512.716.2604



Jessica Bowers, M.S., CCC-SLP

Clinical Assistant Professor and Director of Clinical Operations 

Jessica Bowers earned both her bachelor and master of science degrees in communication disorders from Texas State University. She has worked primarily with families of children with severe developmental delays and feeding disorders (dysphagia) through early childhood intervention and home health services. She has also provided assessment and intervention for adults with neurogenic communication disorders and dysphagia in long-term acute care hospitals. 

Office: Willow Hall, Room 113
Phone: 512.716.2990



Jennifer L. Johnson, M.S. CCC-SLP

Clinical Lecturer

Jennifer L. Johnson, M.S. CCC-SLP holds a bachelor of fine arts in musical theatre performance from Western Michigan University and received a master of science in communication disorders from Texas State University. She holds a certificate of Vocology from the University of Iowa and has extensive clinical experience in the area of voice. She was formerly the senior voice pathologist for Robert T. Sataloff, M.D. and Associates and Instructor of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery at Drexel University College of Medicine where she was actively involved in teaching medical students, residents, and fellows, as well as speech-language pathologists and singing voice specialists from around the world. She also has been active in research with the American Institute of Voice and Ear Research and with the Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery at Drexel University College of Medicine.

Office: Willow Hall, Room 244
Phone: 512.716.2616



Lori Stiritz, M.A., CCC-A

Interim Chair, Clinical Assistant Professor and Audiologist

Audiologist since 1983 and has been licensed in the State of Texas since 1993. Her clinical specialty is the diagnosis and treatment of auditory processing disorders. Ms. Stiritz teaches the undergraduate classes related to hearing (CDIS 3469: Introduction to Hearing Science, CDIS 4420: Audiology, CDIS 4370: Aural Rehabilitation), Neuroanatomy (CDIS 3412), and the graduate-level audiology practicum courses (CDIS 5321).

Office: Willow Hall, Room 263
Phone: 512.716.2635



Jason Tipps, M.Ed., M.S., CCC-SLP

Clinical Lecturer

Mr. Tipps received his bachelor of arts from the University of Texas at Austin with a major in Latin American studies and Spanish in 2000. He received a master of education with a major in elementary education bilingual/bicultural in 2004, and a master of science in communication disorders in 2009 from Texas State University. Mr.Tipps is a bilingual speech-language pathologist. Prior to becoming a speech pathologist, he was a third grade teacher for the Austin Independent School District. His speech pathology professional experience includes employment in the pediatric home health and adult rehabilitation settings. Mr. Tipps has extensive experience with early intervention and preschool children, dysphagia, and cognitive communication. 

Office: Willow Hall, Room 247
Phone: 512.716.2607



Emilie Galemore Au.D., CCC-A

 Clinical Lecturer & Audiologist

Emilie Galemore Au.D., CCC-A, graduated with a bachelor's degree in communication sciences and disorders from Truman State University, Kirksville, MO, and received her doctorate of audiology from The University of Kansas. She holds the Certificate of Clinical Competence from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association and is licensed to practice in the state of Texas. Previously, she worked in private practice audiology and ENT clinics as well as completing her clinical externship at a large cochlear implant clinic.

Office: Willow Hall, Room 260
Phone: 512.716.2630



Cecilia Perez, M.S. CCC-SLP

Clinical Lecturer

Ceci Perez earned both her bachelor and master of science degree in communication disorders from Texas State University.  She has worked in a variety of settings including public schools, home health and early childhood intervention. Ms. Perez is excited to be back at her alma mater to guide and support future speech-language pathologists. 

Office: Willow Hall, Room 242
Phone: 512.716.2609



Kathryn R. Hayes, M.A., CCC-SLP

Clinical Lecturer

Kathryn R. Hayes received her B.S. in Communication Disorders from the University of Texas at Austin, and her M.A. from Our Lady of the Lake University in San Antonio. She comes with extensive experience in the areas of adult neurological disorders, dysphagia and cognitive rehabilitation. Her clinical work settings include acute hospital, rehabilitation, skilled nursing facility, specialized TBI rehabilitation centers and a private practice (owner). Positions held include speech-language pathologist, director of neurological rehabilitation, and Director of Clinical Services. She has a special interest in the Parkinson’s Disease population, and ran a support group in Wimberley, Tx for 12 years. Her passion is working with students to help them develop professional competency and also a love for the field of speech-language pathology.

Office: Willow Hall, Room 241
Phone: 512.716.2608