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Release: May 4, 1999
UI professor named to Spriestersbach Distinguished
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- J. Bruce Tomblin, University of Iowa
professor of speech pathology and audiology, has been named to the Spriestersbach
Distinguished Professorship in the Liberal Arts.
Tomblin is known nationally for his research and teaching
in children's language development and disorders. The professorship is endowed
with a research stipend that will help support Tomblin's work.
The named professorship honors the distinguished career
of Duane C. "Sprie" Spriestersbach, UI professor emeritus, former dean of
the Graduate College and former vice president for educational development
"The professorship is an enduring way to recognize Sprie's
substantial contributions to the college and university," said Linda Maxson,
dean of the College of Liberal Arts. "The appointment recognizes Bruce Tomblin,
whose work carries on this tradition of dedicated teaching and scholarship."
Maxson announced the appointment on May 3 at the annual
Dean's Faculty Honors Reception for the college, where Tomblin was among more
than 50 UI faculty members recognized for their exceptional professional achievements
over the past year. Spriestersbach was an honored guest at the reception.
Tomblin is a past director of the UI Wendell Johnson Speech
and Hearing Clinic. He studies the development of diagnostic standards for
developmental language impairment. His research also includes collaborative
studies with researchers in the UI College of Medicine on genetic influences
of specific language impairment and the use of cochlear implants for people
with profound hearing loss.
Tomblin received his Ph.D. in communicative disorders
in 1970 from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. He earned a master's degree
in speech pathology in 1967 from the University of Redlands in California
and a bachelor's degree in psychology in 1966 from La Verne College, also
Spriestersbach and Tomblin, along with Hughlett Morris,
UI professor emeritus of speech pathology and audiology, have collaborated
on a speech-language pathology diagnostics book to be published later this