Welcome to the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders



Jean Sawyer


Associate Professor

(Speech-Language Pathology)

Office Address: 310 Fairchild Hall
Office Phone: (309) 438-2631
Office Hours:
Email: Contact Jean Sawyer (jsawyer)
Website: Visit Jean Sawyer’s Website
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Teaching Interests:
Dr. Sawyer's teaching interests are in fluency disorders, counseling, and professional writing.
Research Interests:
Dr. Sawyer's research interests are in fluency disorders, specifically in characteristics of stuttered speech and treatment efficacy.  Her current investigations include
  • factors that influence children's disfluencies when parents use a slower relaxed speaking style
  • the distribution of disfluencies across longer speech samples in school-age children who stutter and in normally fluent preschool children
  • the effects of an employment interview program on reducing avoidance and negative emotions in adults who stutter
  • the effects of a treatment program used by those in theater to reduce stuttering behaviors and decrease tension in those who stutter
Ph.D., the University of Illinois

Speech and Hearing Science


M.A., the University of Illinois

Speech and Hearing Science


M.A., the University of Colorado



B.S., Iowa State University


Selected Publications:

Chon, H. C., Sawyer, J.,  & Amrose, N. G. (2012). Differences of articulation rate and utterance

length in fluent and disfluent utterances of preschool children who stutter. Journal of

Communication Disorders, 45,

Sawyer, J., & Yairi, E. (2010). Characteristics of disfluency clusters over

time in preschool children who stutter. Journal of Speech, Language, and

Hearing Research, 53,

Hohulin, A. & Sawyer, J. (2010). An employment interview desensitization

program addressing the speech, attitudes, and avoidance behaviors of

people who stutter. Perspectives on Fluency and Fluency Disorders, 20

(2), 33-41.

Friberg, J. C., & Sawyer, J. (2010). The effects of guided notes on student learning: An examination of course grade data and student perceptions Perspectives on Issues in Higher Education, 13(2), 58-62.

Sawyer, J., Chon, H., & Ambrose, N. G. (2008). Influences of rate, length, and

complexity on speech disfluency in a single-speech sample in preschool

children who stutter. Journal of Fluency Disorders, 33, 220-240.

Sawyer, J., & Yairi, E. (2006). The effect of sample size on the assessment of

stuttering severity. American Journal of Speech-Language Pathology, 15, 36-