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R. Jordan HazelwoodR. Jordan Hazelwood


Jordan is a certified speech-language pathologist and assistant professor in the Department of Communication Sciences & Disorders at Appalachian State University in Boone, North Carolina. Jordan is also a Board Certified Specialist in Swallowing, an ACE awardee, and an affiliate of Special Interest Group 13.

Why does Jordan participate in the ASHA Community?
I participate in the ASHA Community so students and clinicians will feel supported by their professional association. By helping to empower others to develop their clinical skills, they will feel confident in providing the best care to their patients.

What is your favorite day of the week?
My favorite day of the week is Tuesday because that is the day I get to perform all aspects of my job: meeting with my student research team, teaching class, connecting with students during office hours, communicating with clinical colleagues, and participating in professional service activities.

What is the best part of waking up?
The best part of waking up is snuggling with my son and helping my husband get ready for the day ahead. I never tire of driving through the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains on my way to work. A hot mug of chai tea also makes me happy.

What is something interesting people may not know about you?
In 2007, I visited Kenya on a mission trip. During that trip, I learned that humans have a tendency to view others in three ways: as machines, as scenery, or as relational people. This lesson has been highly influential in my clinical practice and teaching as I continually work toward building relationships with my patients and students by not viewing them as a means to increase my clinical productivity or as a backdrop for achieving my own personal agenda.

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