Noma Anderson, PhD
SHRS's Pitt Legacy Laureate
Noma Anderson (PhD ’79) received honors as a University of Pittsburgh Legacy Laureate. The Legacy Laureate program recognizes Pitt alumni who have excelled both professionally and personally and who exemplify the best in leadership qualities and commitment to the greater good for their professions, communities, and the world at large.
Anderson holds a PhD in speech-language pathology from the University of Pittsburgh, and an MS in speech pathology from Emerson College in Boston. She received her BA in speech pathology and audiology from Hampton Institute in Hampton, Va.
On July 1, 2016, Anderson became Special Adviser to University of Tennessee System President on Diversity and Inclusion. She has served as chair of the president’s Diversity Advisory Council since 2012. Previous to this appointment, she served as dean at University of Tennessee Health Science Center (UTHSC) College of Health Professions. She presided over a period of growth in the College of Health Professions which currently includes six departments: Audiology and Speech Pathology, Clinical Laboratory Sciences, Health Informatics and Information Management, Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, and Physician Assistant Studies. She remains on the faculty of UTHSC in the Department of Audiology and Speech Pathology in Knoxville, Tenn.
She also served as chair and professor in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders at Florida International University (FIU) in Miami, and was dean of the School of Health Sciences at FIU for ve years. Prior to that, she was chair for 10 years and on faculty for 16 years in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders at Howard University, Washington, D.C. Named a Fellow of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association in 1992, Anderson was on the board of directors for ASHA from 1998-2000 as vice president for academic affairs, and again from 2006-2008. She served as ASHA president in 2007. Last November, Anderson received the Honors of the Association Award from ASHA, the highest award given by the organization.
On hand to honor Anderson were Malcolm McNeil, distinguished service professor and previous chair, Department of Communication Science and Disorders, SHRS Dean Tony Delitto, and Dr. Herbert Rubin, professor emeritus, Department of Communication Science and Disorders.