February 19, 2010

McCabe Smith named to associate chancellor post

by Christi Mathis

CARBONDALE, Ill. -- Linda McCabe Smith is now associate chancellor for institutional diversity at Southern Illinois University Carbondale. The SIU Board of Trustees approved her appointment earlier this month.

Chancellor Samuel Goldman named McCabe Smith interim associate chancellor for diversity beginning in November 2008. She filled the position previously held by Seymour Bryson, who retired. University officials announced in November 2009 that McCabe Smith was one of three finalists for the post.

“Dr. McCabe Smith has done an excellent job as interim associate chancellor,” Goldman said. “I am confident she will continue to be an effective leader in promoting inclusion and diversity, which are key values on our campus.”

Her association with the University is longstanding as she earned her doctorate in speech-language and hearing pathology at SIUC in 1995. She completed her bachelor’s degree in elementary education in 1981 and her master’s in speech-language hearing in 1985, both at North Carolina Central University in Durham, N.C.

McCabe Smith’s roles at SIUC have included associate professor of communication and sciences in the Rehabilitation Institute (2001 to present) and interim associate dean of the College of Mass Communication and Media Arts (2007-2008).

She was a Patricia Roberts Harris Graduate Fellow in the SIUC Communication Disorders and Sciences Program in the early 1990s and since 1993 has held a Certificate of Clinic Competence from the American Speech Language and Hearing Association. McCabe Smith was a speech-language pathologist in several North Carolina school districts and programs earlier in her career. She has held several leadership roles in higher education and speech and hearing organizations and served on a variety of committees at the University.

McCabe Smith won the University Women’s Professional Advancement Award in 1997 and 1999 at SIUC. She attended the prestigious Higher Education Resource Services Bryn Mawr Summer Institute in 2007 at Bryn Mawr College in Philadelphia. She served as multicultural issue board member of the American Speech and Hearing Association 2004-2006 and in a variety of other committee and leadership roles in academic and professional organizations.

She has published a number of works and made various presentations across the country and globally, primarily regarding rehabilitation, speech/language and diversity.