December 13, 2021
Associate Professor of Communication Disorders Sarah Poissant is among the new 2021-22 cohort of Chancellor’s Leadership Fellows embarking on new initiatives to enhance faculty life at UMass Amherst.
The Chancellor’s Leadership Fellowship program cultivates future campus leaders by offering half-time, one-year temporary appointments to an administrative area on campus and providing shadowing and mentoring from the leaders of the host units. Fellows are expected to launch a significant program during the fellowship year that will demonstrate capacity for leadership.
Poissant is working in the Office of Faculty Development with Michelle Budig, senior vice provost for faculty affairs, on a project to institutionalize and expand programming and services for mid-career faculty to support their progress towards promotion.
“I am thoroughly enjoying my experience as a Chancellor’s Leadership Fellow and am grateful for the mentoring I am receiving from Michelle Budig,” says Poissant, whose appointment began this summer. “In just a few short months I have learned a great deal about the needs of our faculty and it has been rewarding to develop and offer programming responsive to those needs. As my fellowship progresses, I look forward to creating additional programming to support mid-career faculty and to the opportunities I will have to continue to expand my own leadership capacity.”
Poissant currently serves as Associate Chair of the Department of Communication Disorders and as Chair of the Graduate Council. Her research centers on the development of novel hearing assessment procedures aimed to improve diagnostic accuracy of behavioral threshold testing of young children or otherwise difficult-to-test populations. The long-term goals of this work are to decrease the time and expense involved in determining hearing status and more rapidly offer habilitative treatments to maximize auditory access and development. This work is funded by the American Speech, Language, and Hearing Foundation.