LSU Office of Research & Economic Development Welcomes New Associate Vice President

February 22, 2022

BATON ROUGE – LSU Office of Research & Economic Development, or ORED, welcomes LSU Professor Janna Oetting as its new associate vice president of humanities, social sciences and allied fields. Oetting is a professor in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders and a member of the Interdepartmental Program in Linguistics, Life Course and Aging Center and Mind Initiative at LSU. 

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LSU Professor Janna Oetting is the new associate vice president of humanities, social sciences and allied fields in the Office of Research & Economic Development. 

– Credit: Katherine Seghers, LSU

“We enthusiastically welcome Dr. Oetting, and we are deeply grateful to our former AVP, Dr. Keena Arbuthnot, for her robust contributions to ORED during a pivotal time and for her support of the LSU President’s office during the pandemic. Dr. Oetting has a wealth of expertise as a social scientist, faculty researcher and leader in the field of communication sciences. With her research leadership and collaboration in humanities, social sciences and allied fields, LSU’s impressive research portfolio will continue to grow and keep us at the forefront of discovery,” said LSU Vice President of Research & Economic Development Samuel J. Bentley.

As a researcher, Oetting directs the D4 Child Language Lab, which seeks to reduce disparities in child health and education through studies of child language development and disorders across various dialects of English that are spoken in Louisiana and worldwide. Her work has been funded by numerous agencies, including the National Institutes of Health, the U.S. Department of Education and the American Speech Language Hearing Foundation.

Oetting is a Fellow and honoree of the Louisiana Speech-Language-Hearing Association, a Fellow and Diversity Champion of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association and an LSU Rainmaker. She has served as editor and associate editor of language for the Journal of Speech, Language and Hearing Research and currently is on the board of directors for the Emerge Center, which serves children with autism and other communication disorders. She also is on the scientific leadership committee of the Pediatric HIV/AID Cohort Study that spans 21 sites across 12 states and Puerto Rico. 

As the associate vice president of humanities, social sciences and allied fields, Oetting oversees interdisciplinary centers, institutes and initiatives with a human focus that report to ORED, serves as the contact for LSU’s Office of Postdoctoral Affairs, and partners with the associate deans for research in the LSU Colleges of Business, Human Sciences & Education, Humanities & Social Sciences and the Manship School of Mass Communication to facilitate faculty grant writing collaborations that capitalize on the talent and expertise of faculty in their respective fields.