Xavier University of Louisiana

Xavier University of Louisiana
Speech Pathology

1 Drexel Drive

Campus Box 300

New Orleans, LA 70125

504-520-5087 phone

504-520-7982 fax


communication studies

Joe Melcher, Ph.D.

Professor Emeritus


Ph.D. Louisiana State University, 1973

M.A. Texas Tech University, 1966

B.A. Texas Tech University, 1965


Auditory Processing Disorders


Dr. Joe A. Melcher is a retired tenured professor in Speech Pathology/Audiology. His major discipline is audiology with a background in speech pathology as well. He occasionally teaches Phonetics and Anatomy in addition to other audiology courses and supervises the clinical practicum in audiology. Students in the clinical practicum course obtain experience in testing hearing particularly with pre-school (Head Start) children. In addition to serving on numerous University committees, Dr. Melcher has been very active in professional associations at the state and national level serving as either an officer or on several different boards and committees. He is a member of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association and has served on the Legislative Council; Council on Professional Standards, the Multicultural Issues Board and on the Committee on Honors. He was named a Fellow of the Association in 1994.

He is a member of the Louisiana Speech-Language-Hearing Association and served as President in 1985. He received Honors of the Association in 1988 and was named a Fellow of the Association in 1992. He received the Dr. Jeannete Laguaite Award for Contributions to Higher Education in 2003. He served as President of the National Academy of Pre-Professional Programs 1988-1990. He served as Co-Chair of the Lesbian, Gay Audiologists and Speech Pathologists 1995-1997. He is a member of the National Black Association of Speech-Language-Hearing, which presented him their Scholar/Mentor Award in 2005, and the American Academy of Audiology.  In 2009 he received the Diversity Incentive Award from the Council of Academic Programs in Communication Sciences and Disorders.