Message from the Dean
Dean BartlettYou may have noticed a beautiful new building on the northeast side of campus, just across from Northside’s student housing and eateries. The Callier Center expansion is a fantastic new addition to the Richardson campus of the UT Dallas Callier Center for Communication Disorders. Located adjacent to the pre-existing Callier Center Richardson building, the expansion is a $22 million, 50,000-square-foot building that features modern classrooms for students and clinical services for persons with communication challenges. It also will allow space in the adjacent, pre-existing Callier Richardson facility to be opened up for cutting-edge research in communication disorders and related areas.

With its locations in Dallas and Richardson, the Callier Center provides in-depth, advanced evaluations and innovative treatments for children and adults who have a variety of speech, language and hearing disorders. In addition, the center supports nationally ranked academic programs within BBS, including the Doctor of Audiology program and the Speech-Language Pathology Master’s program. The center also houses laboratories where BBS faculty conduct significant basic and translational research. In short, the expansion constitutes a major addition to the resources of the Callier Center and will facilitate growth and further progress in all of the center’s programs and initiatives.

Dr. Thomas Campbell, executive director of the Callier Center and Sara T. Martineau Professor in BBS, speaks often of the impact the expansion will have. “We did not have enough space in the original Callier Center to accommodate all of our clinical training needs for graduate students. Now, for example, the adult communication learning program has its own space. So it’s really about having better space to train our students to see patientsĀ and providing additional capacity for clinical service.”

One of Campbell’s favorite rooms is the interactive pod class — a high-tech classroom that allows increased interaction among students and teachers. Each pod within the room has six seats where students can plug in their computers and display them at each pod. In addition, an instructor can choose a particular computer screen to display at the front of the room.

At a recent ribbon-cutting event for the new building, visitors also were impressed with the courtyard area that connects the old building with the new one. The outdoor space is called the Bert Moore Courtyard, in honor of the former BBS dean who died in 2015. “Everybody on the board was quite aware of what he did for Callier and also what he did for the foundation board itself. He was there at the beginning, at the conception of all of this. That automatically made him quite close to the place, and he supported it through thick and thin,” Campbell said.

BBS and UT Dallas are grateful to major donors who made the expansion possible. These generous benefactors include Alliance Data Systems Corporation, Betsy and Bennett Cullum, the Decherd Foundation, the Foundation for the Callier Center for Communication Disorders, Tricia and Kenneth George, Carol and Jeff Heller, Dorothy and David Kennington, the Charitable Gift Fund of Fidelity Charitable, Sara and David Martineau, Mrs. Margaret McDermott, the Meadows Foundation Inc., the Rupe Foundation, the Emilie & Phil Schepps Advised Fund of the Dallas Foundation, the Ruth C. & Charles S. Sharp Foundation Inc., Speedway Children’s Charities, and Barbara and John Stuart.

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