I received a B.A. in English (Linguistics) from the University of Maryland (1970) and a Ph.D. in Linguistics from the University of Chicago (1978).  I joined Ohio State in 1979 (in the Department of Linguistics) and moved to Department of Speech and Hearing Science in 1983.  I was promoted to Professor in 1992 and have been Chair of the Department since 1995.  My research/teaching  involves sociophonetics, speech perception, speech acoustics and second-language acquisition and I am the co-director (with Dr. Ewa Jacewicz) of the Speech Perception and Acoustics Laboratory.  Please link here to go to our the SPA Lab website where you will find a description of our current research projects.

I am the author or co-author of numerous publications and presentations and was elected a Fellow of the Acoustical Society of America in 1996 and a Fellow of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association in 2012.   My professional activities have included being an associate editor of the Journal of the Acoustical Society of America and a member of the Executive Board of CSDCAS.  I have also served as a statistical consultant for several professional publishers and as an expert witness in forensic phonetics.

Curriculum vitae

On the personal side, I am now a grandfather (for the first time).  Lyla was born on July 13th, 2017.  I am re-learning what early child development is like at that age (our two sons are now over 30). I like to boat on Lake Erie (my wife and I have a 27-foot Sea Ray Sundancer) and to garden.