Sign In
QC Home Page QC Home Page
A-Z Index
Home > Academics > Divisions > Arts and Humanities > Linguistics and Communication Disorders
Linguistics and Communication Disorders

For all information regarding major and minor applications and declarations contact:

​ ​​​

Queens College classes will occur on-line beginning Thursday, March 19, 2020. For the latest COVID-19/Coronavirus updates, please click here.

The Department of Linguistics and Communication Disorders brings together specialization in theoretical, experimental and applied linguistics with leading clinically based research on speech language pathology and communication disorders. We incorporate current research in these fields into teaching on our highly ranked graduate and undergraduate programs.


Our statement on racism and discrimination​


Department Administration

Due to the impact of the COVID-19 virus, there are currently no regular in-person office hours.

Faculty can be reached by email and are holding office hours by phone or video-conference. For Fall 2020 office hours, click here.

For all other matters, please send an email to the department, or leave a phone message.

Department Chair: Michael Newman
Office: Queens Hall 300D

Associate Department Chair and Head of Speech Language Pathology & Communication Sciences and Disorders Programs: Sima Gerber
Office: Queens Hall 300A2
Phone: 718-997-2934

Program Director for Graduate and Undergraduate TESOL Programs: Lauren Heffernan

Program Director for Undergraduate Linguistics Programs: Robert Vago

Undergraduate Program Coordinator for Communication Sciences and Disorders: Yael Neumann
Office: Queens Hall 315F2
Phone: 718-997-5061

Director of Graduate Program in Speech-Language Pathology: Patricia McCaul
Office: Gertz Building
Phone: 718-997-2936

Interim Director of Linguistics and TESOL Programs: Lauren Heffernan
Office: Queens Hall 305B
Phone: 718-997-2918

Department Secretary: Maria Cadme
Office: Queens Hall, Room 300A
Phone: 718-997-2870
Fax: 718-997-2873


Faculty News

Elizabeth Ijalba will give a virtual seminar to the Doctoral Program in Neuroscience of Education, Universidad Publica de El Alto, Bolivia: Brain differences in children with neurotypical development and in autism. September 5, 2020 3-5 pm.

Elizabeth Ijalba has just published an article "Phonological–Orthographic Deficits in Developmental Dyslexia in Three Spanish–English Bilingual Students" in the American Journal of Speech-Language Pathology.

Karen Ball has been reelected to the American Board of Swallowing and Swallowing Disorders. She will continue to be chair of the Applications Committee for Specialty Certification for Swallowing Disorders.

The department welcomes Mara Steinberg Lowe, our new Assistant Professor of Communications Disorders and Speech-Language Pathology.

Michael Newman was interviewed on the pronunciation of Roosevelt Avenue in the Queens Eagle

Michael Newman was interviewed on WCBS Radio to talk about the CUNY Corpus of New York City English. 

Elizabeth Ijalba’s co-edited volume Language, Culture, and Education: Challenges of Diversity in the United States, has been released by Cambridge University Press.

Elizabeth Ijalba spent the summer collaborating with researchers and teaching workshops at universities in Japan, China, and Uruguay. 



Department Office:

To reach us by public transportation, use the Q20A/B, Q44, or Q88 buses. Queens Hall is located at 65-21 Main Street (formerly the CUNY Law School). Visitors must enter using the rear entrance by walking around the south end of the building.

To reach us by walking from the main campus, exit from Gate 6 to Gravett Road (see map) and follow the signs to Queens Hall.

Mail to the department must be addressed to:

Queens Hall, Room 300A
65-30 Kissena Blvd.
Queens, NY 11367-1597


Speech Language Hearing Center:

To reach us by public transportation, use the Q17, Q25, Q34, or Q88 buses. The Gertz Building is located between King Hall and Rathaus Hall on the northeast corner of the campus (see map). The entrance is behind the G Building.

Stay Social at QC YouTube Facebook Twitter Gray Bar Calendar MyQC QC Mobile CUNY first Blackboard QC Bookstore QC Campus Store Gray Bar QC Wows!

Click each division to view a complete list of its departments

Adult Collegiate Education | English Language Institute | Professional & Continuing Studies
Summer Session | Weekend College | Winter Session

Resources for Combating Sexual Harassment/Sexual Assault (Title IX)

Queens College is CUNY
DirectionsMap/Directions  |  Emergency Preparedness  |  Working at QC  |  Student Consumer Info  |  A-Z Index  | 
Queens College, CUNY | 65-30 Kissena Blvd. | Queens, NY 11367-1597 | Phone: (718) 997-5000 Copyright © 2004-