Callier Audiologist Honored for Distinguished Career
April 8, 2009
For the past 37 years, Dr. Ross Roeser, executive director emeritus of the UT Dallas Callier Center for Communication Disorders, has had an extraordinary influence on the field of audiology. As a result of his commitment to audiological practice, research, administration and educational excellence, the American Academy of Audiology (AAA) presented him with its Distinguished Achievement Award.
Roeser received the award at AAA’s annual conference in Dallas on April 2.
The award’s recipients include audiologists who have been exceptional educators in the classroom or clinic or have been innovators in program development. The recipients are often pioneers in the areas of clinical service delivery, teaching or research, or any combination of the three.
Roeser joined the Callier Center in 1971 as a research audiologist and within the first year became the director of audiology. In 1988, he accepted the position of executive director, which he held for the next 18 years. Today, in addition to his role as executive director emeritus, Roeser holds the Lois and Howard Wolf Professorship in pediatric hearing in the School of Behavioral and Brain Sciences.
“Working with the fabulous faculty and staff members at the Callier Center has been very rewarding, and it is gratifying to see the significant advances and achievements that the Callier Center is making today,” said Roeser. “I’ve always felt that the Callier Center represents a model that the rest of the world should emulate because it is the ideal way for a multidisciplinary organization to flourish.”
Roeser’s impact on the profession of audiology goes well beyond his work at UT Dallas and the Callier Center. In 1979, Roeser founded and was the first editor in chief of the scientific journal Ear and Hearing. In 2000, he was recruited to be the editor in chief of the International Journal of Audiology. He is also a founding member and fellow of the American Academy of Audiology.
“Ross Roeser has been a leader in the field of audiology for many years, and we at UT Dallas have been the beneficiaries of his vision, creativity and insistence on excellence,” states Dr. Bert Moore, dean of the School of Behavioral and Brain Sciences. “We are very proud of his being named the recipient of the Academy’s Distinguished Achievement Award, and greatly appreciate how his dedication to the Callier Center and the profession of audiology have provided national models of leadership and innovation.”
Roeser has also devoted much of his career to research focusing on the application of hearing instrument technology in improving communication skills. His past work has been in developing and evaluating tactile aids, cochlear implants and hearing aids. In addition, he has played a major role in defining and expanding the scope of practice of audiologists in the U.S.
On April 1, the Callier Center hosted an open house at the Dallas Convention Center in honor of Roeser. Colleagues, students, alumni and friends had the opportunity to congratulate Roeser on the award and thank him for his commitment to UT Dallas and the Callier Center.
“I cannot think of anyone more deserving of this award than Ross Roeser,” said Brisy Northrup, Callier Center audiologist. “I have had the privilege of working with him for the past 30 years, and he has always been an insightful teacher, visionary leader, generous mentor and faithful friend.”