CSD’s Marx to Retire

Dr. Maureen Marx, Communication Sciences and Disorders

Dr. Maureen Marx, Communication Sciences and Disorders

A retirement reception for Maureen Marx, chair of the Western Illinois University Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders, will be held from 4-5 p.m. Friday, April 27 on the second floor of Memorial Hall. The University community is invited to wish Marx well in her retirement. A smaller gathering for close friends and alumni will continue from 5-7 p.m.

Marx, who came to Western in August 1984, was elected chair of the newly established Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders (CSD), effective July 2006. CSD had been a division within WIU’s communication department. The CSD department offers bachelor and master degrees and has a Speech-Language-Hearing Clinic that serves a variety of University and community individuals, agencies and medical and educational professionals.

In 2005, Marx received a governor’s appointment to serve on the Early Learning Council. Her principal areas of specializations are linguistic-cognitive lifespan development and evolution, particularly in the interface of logic and syntax; clinical phonology; literacy; and second language learning and bilingualism. Before joining the WIU faculty she was a speech language pathologist in the Industry (IL) and Astoria (IL) school districts (1979-1984).

Marx earned her bachelor’s degree at the University of the Philippines, her master’s degree (speech pathology) at WIU and her doctorate at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

For more information about the receptions, contact Ellen Ehrgott at (309) 298-1955 or email EM-Ehrgott@wiu.edu.

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