Adjunct Professor, Department of Communicative Sciences and Disorders
"My clinical and administrative experiences have provided me the opportunity to work with children of various ages and colleagues in related fields. My work in the public schools has offered me the opportunity to grow my love for teaching and learning. Teaching provides an opportunity to serve my profession and community with a focus on making a positive impact. Every teaching opportunity offers a chance to encourage lifelong learning. Offering students a learning process with a strong foundation in growth mindset encourages a continuous challenge to research, question, find answers, and build depth of knowledge as we develop a strong understanding of theory and current practice, while researching ways to strengthen future practice. It is an honor to have the opportunity to share my experiences, while teaching and learning in a way that promotes continued strength, ethical practice, and research-based intervention."
Kimberly Boynton has worked in the Speech Language Pathology field for 17 years in a variety of organizations, including birth to 3 programs, private practice, and public schools holding both clinical and administrative positions. She has been involved in the development and implementation of early childhood programming, including language and social emotional aspects, early childhood program development and expansion, curriculum study, public and private early childhood partnerships, community collaboration, and advocacy. She has also served as a mentor, supervisor, and educator of clinical fellowship year speech language pathologists, speech language pathology assistants, and speech language pathology students.
PhD, Indiana State University
MS, Purdue University
BS, Purdue University
Area of Expertise
Child Language Development and Disorders
Child Speech Sound Development
Early Childhood Development and Education
Child speech and language disorders
Job satisfaction of school-based speech language pathologists
Recruitment and retention of school-based speech language pathologists
Social emotional and language development
Graduate Courses Taught
SLP 503 Speech Sound Disorders
SLP 506 Later Childhood Language Disorders
SLP 585 Clinical Practicum – On Campus
Saint Mary's College, Assistant Professor, 2020-Present
Elkhart Community School Corporation, Director of Special Services, 2019-December 2020
Saint Mary's College, Visiting Assistant Professor, 2018-2019
Saint Mary's College, Adjunct Clinical Supervisor and Instructor, 2016-2018
South Bend Community School Corporation, Speech Language Pathologist, 2017-2018
Elkhart Community School Corporation, Director of Professional Development, Grant Development, and Pre K Services, 2014-2017
Elkhart Community School Corporation, Coordinator of Student Services/Pre K Special Education, 2010-2014
Communication Counts Therapy Services, LLC, Owner and Speech Language Pathologist, 2007-2011
Indiana First Steps Program, Speech Language Pathologist, 2007-2011
Elkhart Community School Corporation, Speech Language Pathologist, 2000-2007
- American Speech-Language-Hearing Association Certificate of Clinical Competence
- American Speech-Language-Hearing Association SIG 01 Language Learning and Education
- American Speech-Language-Hearing Association SIG 16 School-Based Issues
- Council for Exceptional Children
- Indiana Association for the Education of Young Children
- Indiana Council of Administrators of Special Education
- Indiana Department of Education Superintendent's License
- Indiana Professional Licensing Agency, Licensed Speech Language Pathologist
- National Association for the Education of Young Children
- State of Indiana Director of Exceptional Needs Administration License
- State of Indiana Teacher's License, Speech, Language, and Hearing Clinician
- Views on Learning, Inc. Board Member
Published Abstracts and Presentations
Boynton, K. A. & Geels, P. (2019). Communication Counts: Supporting Children with Speech and Language Breakdowns in the Early Childhood Environment. National Association for the Education of Young Children 2019 Annual Conference. Nashville, TN.
Boynton, K. A. (2018). Growth Mindset and the Ph.D. Experience. Lecture presented at Indiana State University Educational Leadership Department Student Lecture, Terre Haute, Indiana.
Boynton, K. A. (2016). Preschool: A Solid Beginning for Each Child's Journey: Community ED Talk. Elkhart, IN.
Boynton, K. A. (2012). English Language Learners and Speech. Invited presentation to Head Start Family Summit, Goshen, IN.
Boynton, K. A. and Duncan, C. (2012). Sensory Processing and the Communication Connection. Invited presentation to ADEC, Elkhart, IN.
Boynton, K. A. (2011). Speech and Language Development. Invited presentation to St. Joseph and Elkhart County Head Start Consortium, Elkhart, IN.
Banasiak, S., Brogan, K., Peppin, A., Roman, S., Tussey, M. & Boynton, K. A. (2020). Prevalence of tier 2 words in popular preschool literature [Poster session canceled]. 83rd Annual Spring Convention of the Indiana Speech-Language-Hearing Association. Indianapolis, IN.
Cook, C., Lichtenberger, N., O’Rourke, M., Phillips, J., Swank, T., Boynton, K. A. (2019). Preschool-age storybooks: Targeting morpheme development in children two to five years of age. 82nd Annual Spring Convention of the Indiana Speech-Language-Hearing Association. Indianapolis, IN. [Poster Presentation: student led research]
Copley, C.*, Bounds, K.*, Smock, A.*, Purvis, J.*, Davis, A.*, & Boynton, K. A. (2020). Help pwease! Effectiveness of motor-based and phonologically-based treatment approaches in children with speech sound disorders [Poster session canceled]. 83rd Annual Spring Convention of the Indiana Speech-Language-Hearing Association. Indianapolis, IN.
Gabica, K., McClure, S., Schuerman, T., Skornia, K., Willing, R., & Boynton, K. A. (2019). The effect of consistent treatment approaches on the remediation of speech sound disorders. 82nd Annual Spring Convention of the Indiana Speech-Language-Hearing Association. Indianapolis, IN. [Poster Presentation: student led research]
Koomler, A., Makela, M., Saalfrank, J., Eckrich, H., Lemus, A., & Boynton, K. A. (2019). Effective emergent literacy resources and interventions for preschool-age children with autism spectrum disorder. 82nd Annual Spring Convention of the Indiana Speech-Language-Hearing Association. Indianapolis, IN. [Poster Presentation: student led research]
Susaraba, S.*, Cofer, M.*, Hughes, I.*, Matcalf, S.*, Stallion, K.*, & Boynton, K. A. (2020). AAC and me, an informational guide for speech-language pathologists [Poster session canceled]. 83rd Annual Spring Convention of the Indiana Speech-Language-Hearing Association. Indianapolis, IN.
Boynton, K., & McDaniel, T. (2020). Examining Job Satisfaction Through Five Job Facets of Public-school Speech-language Pathologists. Global Engagement and Transformation, 4(1).