Rooted in interdisciplinary training and a desire to improve ailing voices of teachers, Eric Hunter, associate dean for research in the College of Communication Arts and Sciences and director of the Trifecta Initiative for Interdisciplinary Health Research, has fostered and built teams to conduct important research to support professionals who rely on their voice. Now, he is an empowering figure in the Department of Communicative Sciences and Disorders at MSU, where he has been recognized as an MSU Foundation Professor.
In addition to university administration and teaching, Hunter’s research takes him to the nexus between physical science and the science of communication. He uses a technical approach to study the physics of sound, also referred to as acoustics, applying his findings to speech, hearing and general communication.
For the last 15 years, Hunter has studied occupational voice use, particularly examining voice disorders in elementary and secondary school teachers.