Mr. and Mrs. Howard B. Wolf established the chair in January 2007 to support and increase research involving hearing disorders in infants, toddlers and young children at the Callier Center for Communication Disorders at the University. Dr. Roeser filled the post in February 2007.
Roeser oversaw the development of the Callier Center’s cochlear implant program, which has transformed the lives of children and adults by allowing them to function as hearing individuals.
My administrative, teaching and research career at the UT Dallas’ Callier Center has been utopian – an experience that, if I had to dream about it when I was a budding audiologist, I would have never thought possible. From the day I came to Dallas in 1972 until the present, I have been and continue to be amazed at the vast resources that are available and the phenomenal work being done.
Dr. Ross Roeser’s chief research interests lie in the application of hearing instrument technology to improving communication skills. He has been involved in developing and evaluating tactile aids, cochlear implants and hearing aids. His research and tenure as executive director of the internationally known Callier Center helped define and expand the scope of practice for audiologists.
Roeser is most proud of his involvement in developing an active cochlear implant program at the Callier Center.
“I began my audiology career at a time when the identification of a child who was profoundly deaf meant that he or she would be sent to a state school for deaf children,” he said. “Such children would be separated from their families and become members of another culture, the deaf culture. To be able to see how the cochlear implant has transformed the lives of children and adults has been unbelievable.”
Roeser is a fellow of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association and the American Academy of Audiology. He helped establish the American Auditory Society. Roeser received the Outstanding Clinical Achievement Award of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association for Texas, the Joel Wernick Award of the Academy of Dispensing Audiologists and the Jack L. Bangs Award of the Texas Speech-Language-Hearing Institute. He also was a recipient of the American Academy of Audiology Distinguished Achievement Award. He is the founder and first editor-in-chief of Ear and Hearing and is currently editor-in-chief of the International Journal of Audiology.
Roeser earned a bachelor’s degree from Western Illinois University and a master’s degree from Northern Illinois University. He earned his doctorate in audiology from Florida State University in 1972.