Faculty and Staff

Lisa Bowers

Lisa Bowers

Assistant Professor of Communication Disorders

Speech and Hearing Clinic

College of Education and Health Professions

(RHRC)-Rehabilitation, Human Resources, and Communication Disorders

Phone: 479-575-3267

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Lisa Bowers is an assistant professor at the University of Arkansas. Her research focuses on the language and literacy abilities of children from infancy to adolescence. She is a certified speech-language pathologist and has experience in Early Intervention and school settings working with children from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.

  • Improving Literacy through Instruction and Community Experiences
  • Using Curriculum Based Measures to Assess Basic Concept Knowledge of Young Children
  • Writing Skills of Students who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing
  • Literacy Skills of English Language Learners
  • Language and Literacy abilities of children from infancy to adolescence
  • Best Practices for School Based SLPs
  • Language, Learning and Literacy, Graduate Level (CDIS 5273)
  • Seminar in Early Intervention, Graduate Level (CDIS 5112)
  • Language Development in Children (CDIS 3224)
  • Language Development in Children Lab using SALT software (CDIS 3224L)
  • Language Disorders in Children (CDIS 4223)
  • Aural Rehabilitation (CDIS 4133)
  • Introduction to Communication Disorders (CDIS 2257)
  • University Perspectives (UNIV 1139)
  • Ph.D., University of Tennessee Health Science Center, Speech and Hearing Sciences, 2012
  • M.A., Louisiana State University, Communication Disorders, 2005
  • B.A., Louisiana State University, Communication Disorders, 2003

Refereed Manuscripts:

Bowers, L., Dostal, H., McCarthy, J., Schwarz, I. & Wolbers, K.  (2015). Analysis of Deaf students’ spelling skills during a year long instructional writing approach. Communication Disorders Quarterly, 1-11. doi: 10.1177/152574011456752

Dostal, H., Bowers, L., Wolbers, K. & Gabriel, R. (in press). “We are authors.”: A qualitative analysis of deaf students’ writing development during the course of one year of Strategic and Interactive Writing Instruction (SIWI). Review of Disability Studies, an International Journal.

Wolbers, K., Graham, S., Dostal, H. & Bowers, L. (2014). A description of ASL features in writing. Ampersand: An American Journal of General and Applied Linguistics, 1, 19-27. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.amper.2014.11.001

Bowers, L., McCarthy, J., Schwarz, I., Dostal, H. & Wolbers, K. (2014). Examination of the spelling skills of middle school students who are deaf or hard of hearing. Volta Review, 114(1), 29-54. 

Wolbers, K., Bowers, L., Dostal, H. & Graham, S. (2014). Deaf writers' application of American Sign Language (ASL) knowledge to writing. International Journal of Bilingual Education and Bilingualism, 17(4), 410-429. doi: 10.1080/13670050.2013.816262

Bowers, L. & Schwarz, I. (2013). Assessing response to basic concept instruction: Preliminary evidence with children who are Deaf. Communication Disorders Quarterly, 34(4), 221-231. doi: 10.1177/1525740112469662

Wolbers, K., Dostal, H., & Bowers, L. (2012). “I was born full deaf.” Written language outcomes after one year of Strategic and Interactive Writing Instruction (SIWI). Journal of Deaf Studies and Deaf Education. 17(1), 19-38.

  • National Student Speech-Language Hearing Association  (NSSLHA) Faculty Mentor; Registered Student Organization Advisor
  • University of Arkansas Health Center Advisory Committee
  • College Course Program Committee (CCPC) – College of Education and Health Professions
  • Research Advisory Committee for Jean Tyson Child Development Study Center
  • Reviewer for ASHA’s Academic Affairs & Research Education Committee for the Students Preparing for Academic and Research Career Award (SPARC) award
  • Editorial Board for Inquiry: the Undergraduate Research Journal at the University of Arkansas
  • Language in Infants, Toddlers, and Preschoolers (LITP) Sub-Committee for ASHA National Convention. Responsible for planning and inviting professional guest lectures & reviewing presentation submissions.
  • Reviewer for the International Journal of Bilingual Education and Bilingualism
  • Volunteer Coordinator for Communication Disorders students. Work with Fayetteville Public Schools, Yvonne Richardson Center, and Fayetteville, AR Head Start Programs.
  • Summer Reading Program Coordinator, SOAR Youth Ministries : Implemented curriculum for a summer reading program grades 1-5

2015               Travel Award, The University of Arkansas, International Congress on the Education of the Deaf

2014               Travel Award, The University of Arkansas, Literacy Research Association

2011               Travel Award, University of Tennessee Health Science Center Literacy Research Association

2009               Graduate Student, SARIF Research Grant : Kimberly Wolbers, Ph.D., Advisor