Company: Montclair State University
Location: Bloomfield, NJ, United States
Bloomfield, NJ, United States, August 18, 2016, Janet Koehnke, Professor and Chairwoman of Montclair State University, has been recognized by Elite Women Worldwide, for dedication, achievement and leadership in education.
Distinguished for nearly four decades in education, Dr. Koehnke is an expert in psychoacoustics, binaural and spatial hearing and university teaching. She is proficient in grant writing, research, curriculum development, public speaking and program development. As a chairwoman and professor at Montclair State University, Dr. Koehnke oversees the day-to-day function of the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders. At the university, she teaches audiology and mentors student research. She has been a staple to the Montclair State University community for more than 11 years and credits her success to her persistence, hard work, ethic, diligence and goal-oriented nature.
Dr. Koehnke was inspired to go into her field due to her parents, Dr. Susan Jerger and Dr. Steve Colburn. She has also been inspired by her longtime mentor Dr. Joan Besing, who she worked with for 20 years. She got her start at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, where she earned a Bachelor of Science in communication science. She then obtained a master’s degree in audiology at the State University of New York at Geneseo. In 1983, she earned a Ph.D. in communication science from the University of Connecticut. She followed this up with a postdoctoral fellowship at MIT in 1986. The highlight of her career thus far has been developing the audiology program. This program opened at a time when the only other postdoctoral audiology program in New Jersey was closing, and she was able to offer openings to the students and faculty from this program. Continue reading