Every 1 Voice Matters

Let your voice inspire people everyday, so much that they think about themselves. Let your voice be the thing that light a fire in others, keep them going even if it hurts. Let your voice to be the one they hear in their dream. You are a special gift and you are worthy.
Your voice is your tool and represents you. It's very important to have a good voice where you can be understood.
Stammering is different than stuttering. Stutterers have trouble with the letters, while stammerers trip over entire parts of a sentence. We stammerers generally think of ourselves as very bright.
You should be able to voice your opinion and respect the voice of the other side. You should be willing to educate yourself and know what it is you're dealing with.
I still feel like I have a lot of growing up to do 'til I find the voice. Everybody has their own voice and their own thing they want to say to the world.


Professor of Speech Language Pathology

Dr. Tina T. Smith is a Professor of Speech-Language Pathology and Chair of the Department of Speech Pathology and Audiology at Tennessee State University (TSU). She received a Ph.D. in Speech and Hearing Science in 1988 from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, and the M.A. (in 1981) and B.A. (in 1980) degrees in Speech-Language Pathology from South Carolina State University. Her areas of specialty are adult language and articulation/phonology. Dr. Smith teaches courses in research methods, aphasia, neuroanatomy and neurophysiology, and articulation and phonology.

As a dedicated speech-language pathologist, Dr. Smith has made contributions to her profession over 30+ years. She served as a faculty member at South Carolina State University from 1987-1994, and the University of South Carolina from 1994-2001 before matriculating to Tennessee State University in 2002.

Dr. Smith has participated in many scholarly activities. She has published numerous articles, received over 6 million dollars in grant funding, and presented more than 100 papers at state, regional and national conferences in the areas of multicultural diversity, language/phonology, treatment efficacy, and distance education.

Dr. Smith is the Director of Distance Education for the Master of Science degree program in Speech and Hearing Science in the Department of Speech Pathology and Audiology at TSU. She developed and implemented the first distance education master degree programs in speech-language pathology in the states of South Carolina and Tennessee and in the United States Virgin Islands.

Dr. Smith has been active in her profession on both the State and National levels. She is a past president of the South Carolina Speech-Language-Hearing Association. She also served as an American Speech-Language-Hearing Association Legislative Councilor for South Carolina for 5 years and has been a member of numerous task forces, advisory boards, and national committees in her area. She also served as a writer for the PRAXIS examination in Speech- Language Pathology.

Dr. Smith is a member of the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated, the Links Incorporated, and an Associate member of Jack and Jill of American Incorporated. She is married to John H. Smith and is the proud mother of Jason, Justin and Jade.


1980 BA, South Carolina State College, Speech-Language Pathology
1981 MA, South Carolina State College, Speech-Language Pathology
1989 Ph.D., University of Illinois, Adult Language Specialty in SLP


ASHA Certificate of Clinical Competence in Speech-Language Pathology


2015 Head, Department of Speech Pathology and Audiology, Tennessee State University. Responsibilities include overseeing all aspects of the academic and clinical programs within the Department, developing/expanding programs, overseeing the budget, writing grants, carrying out the administrative functions of the Head, and teaching, and conducting research. Served as Interim Head from 2009 until appointed Head.

July 2002- Professor, College of Health Sciences, Present Department of Speech Pathology and Audiology, Tennessee State University. Responsibilities include teaching courses in the areas of Aphasia, Articulation/Phonology, Human Communication Disorders, Neuroanatomy, Research Methods, and Clinical Procedures, conducting research, and coordinating the Distance Education Program

Aug 2001- Speech-Language Pathologist in the Preschool June 2002 Program for Williamson County School District. Provided diagnostic and intervention services to preschool children with multiple disabilities using an inclusive model.

Jan 1999- Director of Distance and Continuing Education, School of Public Aug 2001 Health (SPH), University of South Carolina, Columbia, South Carolina. Coordinated distance education programming for departments housed in SPH.

Aug. 1994- Assistant Professor, Department of Communication Sciences and Aug 2001 and Disorders, University of South Carolina, Columbia, South Carolina. Taught courses in phonology and child language, conducted research in the area of multicultural diversity, and coordinated the Master of Communication Disorders Distance Education Program.

Jan 1995- Consultant, Scottish Rite Center for Childhood Language Dec 2000 Disorders, Columbia, SC. Provided speech and language services to toddlers and preschool children. Supervised clinical practicum experiences for graduate clinicians in speech-language pathology. June 1995 Consultant, 1890 Preschool Language Assessment in South Carolina. USDA: 1890 Research Extension Program.

Aug. 1987- Associate Professor, Department of Speech-Language Pathology July 1994 and Audiology, South Carolina State University, Orangeburg, South Carolina. Taught courses in the areas of Language, Articulation/Phonology, Organics, and Clinical Procedures. Also supervised clinical practicum, advised the Speech Pathology Club and the National Student Speech-Language-Hearing Association’s Local Chapter, and directed a three year research project entitled “1890 Preschool Language Assessment Project". 1986-1987 Speech-Language Pathologist for Spartanburg District Two. Boiling Springs Elementary School, Boiling Springs, South Carolina.

1984-1985 Clinical Supervisor in Speech-Language Pathology. University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana, Illinois. 1981-1984 Speech-Language Pathologist, South Carolina School for the Dean and Blind, Spartanburg, South Carolina. 1980-1981 Research Assistant for the 1890 Research Project: “Communication in Rural Children”, South Carolina State College, Orangeburg, South Carolina.

Feb. 1981- Internship in the Veteran’s Administration Hospital, Columbia, May 1981 South Carolina. Populations served: Aphasics; Laryngectomees. 1980-1981 Teacher of Autistic/Behavioral Handicapped Children, South Carolina State College, Orangeburg, South Carolina.


Courses Currently Taught at TSU Master’s Level Studies in Articulation (SPTH 5520-98) Methods of Research (SPTH 5110) Clinical Procedures in Speech Pathology (SPTH 5510-81, SPTH 5510-82; SPTH 5510-96) Neuroanatomy and Neurophysiology of Speech and Hearing (SPTH 5530) Adult Language (SPTH 5630)

Undergraduate Methods of Articulation Disorders (SPTH 3300) Introduction to Human Communication Disorders (SPTH 3100) Courses taught at USC between Fall 1994 and Spring 2000 Clinical Phonology (SPAD J700; SPAD R700) Apraxia and Phonological Disorders in Children (SPAD R711) Language Intervention in Preschool and School-Aged Children (SPAD R800) Advanced Phonology (SPAD 800; SPAD 802) Language Development in School-Aged Children (SPAD 801) Language Disorders in Children (SPAD 706) Dissertation Preparation (SPAD 899).