Georgia Hambrecht

Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders
Professor of Communication Sciences and Disorders

Georgia Hambrecht

Phone: 828-227-3279
Office Address: HHS 103


  • Ph.D., Kent State University, 1982
  • M.A., Western Illinois University, 1975
  • B.S., Bowling Green State University, 1974


I am a professor in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders at Western. I so enjoy living in the mountains. Prior to coming to North Carolina, I spent 52 years living “flat.” I was born and raised in Ohio. I started out near the Cleveland zoo and spent some time in Medina and Hinckley (known for its buzzards).

I did my undergraduate degree at Bowling Green State University and my doctorate at Kent State University. I strayed from Ohio for my masters at Western Illinois University and took my first job as a county SLP in an area education agency in Creston, Iowa.

I have spent over 30 years doing university teaching first at Indiana State University and more recently here at W.C.U.  I teach a variety of classes.  On the undergraduate level I enjoy helping students learn to transcribe phonetically (CSD 370), obtain an introduction to speech-language disorders in children (CSD 477), and examine measurement procedures (CSD 421).  At the graduate level I teach Articulation and Phonology (CSD 662), Language Disorders – School Aged (CSD 448), Research in Communication Disorders (CSD 642), Professional Issues in Communication Sciences and Disorders (CSD 630), and Seminar II in Severe Disabilities (CSD 794).  I strive to make each class a unique teaching-learning experience.

My research interests involve Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL), evidence based practice using single-subject design, and assessment and treatment of children including those with a significant dual hearing and vision disorder.  I recently co-authored a text book with Dr. Tracie Rice titled Clinical Observation – A Guide for Students in Speech, Language, and Hearing (2011) which allowed  us to put many of our clinical suggestions in writing .  I also regularly mentor and co-present with students from the program at the American Speech Language and Hearing Association Convention each November.

 Western’s campus is a great place to take lunchtime walks and experience the joy of fresh air and beautiful surroundings. Come join me on my noon trek.


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