Charia Hall, Au.D., Chosen as Director of UAMS Doctor of Audiology Program

By Ben Boulden

The program is in the UAMS College of Health Professions Department of Audiology and Speech Pathology.

“Because of her previous experience within the department, Dr. Hall can provide continuity in direction as well as new leadership to the program,” said College of Health Professions Dean Susan Long, Ed.D. “She is well-respected by students and colleagues for her expertise and experience in audiology. We’re excited to work with her in this new position.”

Hall is an assistant professor in the department and holds a doctoral degree in audiology from UAMS and a bachelor’s degree in Communication Disorders from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock.

She held an adjunct faculty appointment from 2017 until accepting a full-time position in 2021 as director of clinical education. Hall served as interim program director in 2022 before the arrival of Natalie Benafield, Au.D., who has taken a position at another university and whom Hall succeeds as permanent director.

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