Faculty Profile for Renee Wendel

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Renee Wendel
Senior Lecturer — Communication Disorders
WILW 114
phone: (512) 716-2604

Biography Section

Biography and Education

Renee Wendel earned her master's degree in communication disorders from Texas State University in 1994, and her primary areas of interest and expertise are in assessment and treatment of individuals with autism spectrum disorder, as well as reading and writing disorders. Her service and teaching has been recognized by Texas State University, having been awarded the Faculty Excellence Award in Service at the lecturer level in 2005 and 2010. In 2012 she was the College of Health Professions Dean’s Nominee for the Presidential Award for Excellence in Service, and in 2015 earned the Presidential Award for Excellence in Teaching, representing the College of Health Professions.

Mrs. Wendel teaches Advanced Clinical Practicum and Internship in Communication Disorders as well as fulfilling responsibilities centered around clinical education and compliance as a co-director of the Texas State University Speech-Language-Hearing Clinic. As a non-tenure line faculty member, Mrs. Wendel has made several presentations in the areas of autism spectrum disorder, privacy and security of client/patient records, and pedagogical and androgogical practices at local, state and national meetings. Outside of her work at Texas State University, she consults with local organizations providing continuing education and parent training to individuals interacting with children and adults on the autism spectrum.

Teaching Interests

Professional Issues in Communication Sciences and Disorders.
Clinical Supervision.
Androgogical Practices in Communication Disorders Clinical Education Programs.
Applied Ethics In Communication Sciences and Disorders.

Research Interests

1) Literacy acquisition in children with autism spectrum disorder.
2) Cognitive-social factors influencing the acquisition of communication skills in children with ASD.
3) The role of social conformity in ethical decision making in a clinical setting.
4) Technology applications in clinical education and clinical service delivery.
5) Androgogical practices and outcomes in clinical education - particularly specifications grading.
7) Professional Issues in Communication Sciences and Disorders.

Wendel, Renee (2017). The Clinical Educator’s Guide to Graduate Students: Evidence-based clinical education. Seminar presented to speech-language pathologists in San Marcos, Hays, and New Braunfels Independent School Districts; San Marcos, Texas. August 23, 2017

Wendel, Renee and Talbert, Clarissa (2016). Speech and Language Assessment: School-based service delivery. Lecture presented in the College of Education to students enrolled in SPED 3390. San Marcos, Tx. November 1, 2016

Wendel, Renee (2016). Asperger’s, ASD and College. Lecture presented to the faculty and staff of the Department of Health Information Management in the College of Health Professions. September 23, 2016

Elashi, Asma and Wendel, Renee M. (2016). Autism and Behavior Basics in the Classroom. Collaborative workshop presented to teachers and staff members at the Right to Live Society Center, Gaza, Palestinian Territory. Wendel via Skype, February 21, 2016

Wendel, Renee M. (2015). Collaboration 2.0: Building Effective Partnerships with Parents Beyond the Annual IEP Meeting. Lecture presented in the College of Education to graduate students enrolled in SPSY 5300. San Marcos, TX. October 1, 2015.

Selected Scholarly/Creative Work

  • Felderhoff, J., Gonzales, M. ., & Wendel, R. M. (2010). Assessment methods used in Texas public schools for the diagnosis of Pervasive Developmental Disorders in Children: A survey. Tejas – Texas Journal of Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology, 32, 73–89.

Selected Awards

  • Award / Honor Recipient: ASHA Award for Continuing Education (ACE), American Speech-Language and Hearing Association. April 2018 - Present
  • Award / Honor Recipient: Presidential Award for Excellence in Teaching, The College of Health Professions. 2014 - 2015
  • Award / Honor Recipient: ASHA Award for Continuing Education (ACE Award), The Continuing Education Board of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. September 15, 2015
  • Award / Honor Recipient: Recognized by the Office of Retention Management & Planning for Making a Contribution to the Academic Career of One or More Graduates in the Following Graduating Classes: 2007/2013, Office of Retention Management & Planning. 2007 - 2013
  • Award / Honor Recipient: Dean’s Nominee for the Presidential Award for Excellence in Service, College of Health Professions. 2012

Selected Grants

  • Wendel, Renee M, Stiritz, L. Comprehensive College Initiative: Communication Disorders Computer Lab Upgrade, Student Computing Resources Grant, Texas State University, $12916.74. (Funded: January 2010). Grant.
  • Stiritz, Lori (Principal), Wendel, Renee (Co-Principal). Comprehensive College Initiative: Department of Communication Disorders, Computer Lab Upgrade, Academic Computing Committee at Texas State University, Institutional (Higher Ed), $8342. (Submitted: January 1, 2007). Grant.

Selected Service Activities

Office of Equity and Inclusion - Title IX Adjudicator
November 7, 2018-Present
Honor Code Council
September 2018-Present
Nontenure Line Faculty Committee
September 2018-Present
Academic Freedom Committee
August 22, 2017-Present
Director of Clinical Education
Department of CDIS Speech-Language-Hearing Clinic
May 2012-Present