Kenneth (Ken) Gerhardt, Professor Emeritus in the Department of Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences, joined the faculty at the University of Florida in 1978. During his over three decades on campus, he chaired the department for eight years, served as the Graduate Coordinator for two years, and was appointed in the UF Graduate School for 13 years as an Associate Dean and Interim Dean. He served on numerous college and university-wide committees, including Tenure and Promotion, college dean search and screen committees, Academic Integrity Taskforce, Distance Learning Workgroup, University Curriculum Committee, University Information Technology-Administration Workgroup, and Ombuds for Graduate and Professional students. He helped develop the Doctor of Audiology (Au.D.) degree program, and assisted with the launching of an online Au.D. program in 1998. He taught undergraduate and graduate students throughout his time at UF. He continues to teach distance learning courses for the program.
Dr. Gerhardt’s teaching and research focused on the hazardous effects of over-exposure to intense noise and fetal hearing. He served on dozens of student thesis and dissertation committees, and published over 80 articles. His research was funded by the NIH, Department of Defense, and numerous private foundations. He enjoys teaching, traveling, hiking and playing golf.