Norman J. Lass, Ph.D.

Professor, Speech and Hearing Sciences
Co-Director of the Speech and Hearing Laboratory

Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders

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Contact Information

Office: 805-H Allen Hall
Phone: 304-293-2652


Ph.D., Purdue University
M.S., Purdue University
B.A., Brooklyn College—City University of New York


Research and Scholarship
Professional service

Research Interests:

  • listeners’ perceptions of accented English
  • listeners’ perceptions of American regional dialects
  • acoustic/perceptual cues associated with speaker ethnic identification
  • noise-induced hearing loss and educational hearing conservation programs for students
  • acoustic phonetics
  • experimental phonetics
  • speaker identification
  • speech production
  • speech perception
  • speech and hearing sciences
  • anatomy & physiology

Currently Teaching:

CSAD 495, Independent Research

Biographical Information:

After completing my Ph.D. degree at Purdue University in August 1968, I was awarded a Post-Doctoral Research Fellowship in the Bureau of Child Research at the University of Kansas Medical Center in Kansas City, Kansas. Upon completion of the fellowship, I accepted a position on the faculty of the Department of Speech Pathology and Audiology at West Virginia University, where I have taught and conducted research since 1969. I served as department chair from 1974 through 1983. I have published more than 150 articles in professional journals, I have authored or edited 20 books and 17 chapters in books or monographs, and I have presented over 270 papers at meetings of national, international, and state professional associations. In addition to Outstanding Teacher Awards from theCollege of Human Resources and Education, I have been awarded an Exxon Education Foundation Award for outstanding teaching at West Virginia University, two West Virginia University Foundation Awards for Outstanding Teaching, two Golden Apple Awards for Outstanding Teaching by the WVU Chapter of Golden Key International Honor Society, Outstanding Teacher Award by the WVU Chapter of the National Student Speech-Language-Hearing Association, and Most Outstanding Professor Award by the WVU Panhellenic Council.