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Small text, few illustrations and complex subject matter often make textbooks hard to understand. Hunter Manasco prioritized students with the latest edition of his textbook.

As associate professor of speech-language pathology at Mississippi University for Women, Manasco realizes that today’s students have grown up in a digital world. To address the needs of his students and all students pursuing a career in health sciences, Manasco authored “Introduction to Neurogenic Communication Disorders,” now available in its third edition. The first edition was released in 2014.

“Students today learn differently. Their attention levels are different. It's a textbook written for students to actually be able to read while also reflecting my teaching style,” said Manasco.

According to Manasco, students often see textbooks as purely academic, merely facts on a page, therefore not connecting the facts to real life.

Manasco explained, “For students of health sciences moving toward a profession, this is ineffective and dangerous at worse. We must remind students to see and push to be attentive to the human reality of information in textbooks and classrooms.”

To bring the information discussed in the textbook to life, Manasco used real-life cases linked to illustrations, pictures, personal and clinical anecdotes and video interviews with patients and family members.

“It’s one thing to read about Alzheimer’s disease, it is another to watch a video and hear a wife explain her attempts to stall the effects of the disease on their lives,” described Manasco.

In the preface of the textbook, he writes, “I would like to remind my student readers that healthcare professionals are individuals who deal in humanity.”  

“Perhaps Dr. Manasco’s best contribution to the department is the retention of student is through his strong teaching skills, engaging instructional methods and availability outside of the classroom. He has contributed to creating a culture of ‘community and connection’ in the Department of Speech-Language Pathology,” said Dr. Kathy Shapley, chair of the Department of Speech-Language Pathology

Manasco uses the textbook daily for undergraduates and graduates in the Department of Speech-Language Pathology at The W. He has been a part of the faculty at The W since 2018.

Manasco is a member of the American Speech-Language & Hearing Association, Speech-Language and Hearing Association of Alabama and Mississippi Speech Hearing and Language Association.

He holds a bachelor of arts degree from Birmingham-Southern College and a master of science degree from the University of Montevallo. He earned his doctorate from University of South Alabama.

Feb. 21, 2020
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