New Faculty Highlight

Meet Ann-Marie Pence, Clinical Assistant Professor, Department of Audiology & Speech-Language Pathology 

First, tell us a little about yourself.

I live in Dallas with my husband and my dog. Our kids are grown and attending college. I was born and raised in Little Rock, Arkansas, and completed my Bachelor of Science in Education at the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville. I received a Master of Science in Speech Pathology from the University of North Texas. Initially, I worked several years in rehab, and then transitioned to home health, hospitals, early intervention, public schools, and private practice. Throughout my 25+ year career, I have completed additional education in autism, auditory impairment, and assistive technology.

Why did you choose to study speech-language pathology?

I have always had a passion for studying communication and language. As a child, I watched my mother teach school and came to know the speech therapist who worked with her. I was fascinated by the process of helping children improve their speech and language.

What do you enjoy most about teaching?

At this time, I do not serve as a classroom teacher. I am primarily a clinical educator at the UNT Speech and Hearing Clinic. I have the unique opportunity to continue my work with clients in need of speech therapy while educating graduate students about that process. I enjoy working with clients of all ages who have a diversity of needs and diagnoses. I value the opportunity to help clients gain functional, spontaneous communication and independence.

What do you hope your students gain from your courses?

I hope that students can learn from my experience as a speech therapist in the field, as well as benefit from my modeling and guidance while working with clients. I value the opportunity to stimulate their creativity and problem-solving skills to help clients.

What did you do before pursuing a career in academia, and why did you decide to pursue teaching?

I have always practiced as an SLP and that aspect has not changed in my capacity as an assistant clinical professor.

When you’re not teaching, what do you enjoy doing?

I love to travel and spend time with my family. I enjoy reading and relaxation time.