Norman J. Lass, Ph.D.
Professor and Co-Director of the Speech and Hearing Laboratory
West Virginia University
College of Education and Human Services
Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders
After completing his Ph.D. degree at Purdue University in August 1968, Dr. Norman Lass was awarded a Post-Doctoral Research Fellowship in the Bureau of Child Research at the University of Kansas Medical Center in Kansas City, Kansas. Upon completion of the fellowship, he accepted a position on the faculty of the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders at West Virginia University, where he has taught and conducted research since 1969. He served as department chair from 1974 through 1983, and is currently the co-director of the Speech and Hearing Laboratory in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders.
Lass has published more than 150 articles in professional journals, has authored or edited 20 books and 17 chapters in books or monographs, and has presented over 270 papers at meetings of national, international, and state professional associations. In addition to Outstanding Teacher Awards from the College of Education and Human services, Lass has also been awarded an Exxon Education Foundation Award for outstanding teaching at West Virginia University, two West Virginia University Foundation Awards for Outstanding Teaching, two Golden Apple Awards for Outstanding Teaching by the WVU Chapter of Golden Key International Honor Society, Outstanding Teacher Award by the WVU Chapter of the National Student Speech-Language-Hearing Association, and Most Outstanding Professor Award by the WVU Panhellenic Council.
Lass' research interests include listeners' perceptions of accented English and of American regional dialects, acoustic/perceptual cues associated with speaker ethnic identification, noise-induced hearing loss and educational hearing conservation programs for students, acoustic and experimental phonetics, speaker identification, speech production and perception, speech and hearing sciences and anatomy and physiology.