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At age 73, Carl Harlan continues a 36-year tradition that has kept him in shape and in close contact with UCM students, faculty, staff, administrators and even many local residents. He’s part of a noon basketball league, playing as much as three times a week, and often full court at the Multipurpose Building. It’s a favorite pastime that contributed to the quality of the campus atmosphere and the many friends he made while serving as a professor and chair of the Department of Communication Disorders.
Harlan grew up in southeastern Kansas, and served from 1960-1963 with the U.S. Army, including a stint in Germany. He studied at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City, earning three degrees, a bachelor’s in history, master’s and doctorate in speech-language pathology.
His first education jobs were at the high school level, serving as a history teacher and coach at Bountiful High School and working as a speech pathologist for the Murray School District in Utah. With a desire to be closer to his aging parents living in Arma, KS, Harlan took advantage of an opportunity to join the faculty at UCM, where he became an assistant professor of speech-language pathology in 1973, and continued to climb the faculty ranks.
Harlan was named chair of the Department of Communication Disorders in 2001. In addition to responsibilities that went with this position, he served as a graduate student advisor, and taught courses such as the Anatomy and Neurology of Speech Pathology and Dysphagia. He takes pride in being a part of the department’s successful accreditation efforts in areas such as audiology, and for department expansion into space formerly occupied by the Muleskinner.
In retirement, Harlan looks forward to spending time with his 14 grandchildren and two great grandchildren.