Department of Linguistics

Meet Linguistics Alumni

Karen Yarumian

Karen J. Yarumian, M.S., CCC-SLP, New England Rehabilitation Hospital


Karen graduated in 2007 with a B.A. in Linguistics, concentrating in Speech and Language Science. She earned her M.S. in Communication Sciences and Disorders in 2009 at the University of New Hampshire. Now a licensed Speech Language Pathologist, Karen works at New England Rehabilitation Hospital, an acute care facility that specializes in recovery of patients with neurological disorders and injuries. She is responsible for assessment, diagnosis, planning, treatment, and education of patients and their families on disorders that may include speech, language, cognition, communication, voice, swallowing and fluency. Karen reports: “My B.A. in Linguistics provided a firm understanding of language, which is essential in my ability to diagnose and treat individuals with communication disorders. The curriculum at USM enabled me to enter a professional career that I find highly rewarding; I help individuals improve their level of function and return to home, work and their community.”


Darcy ChaseDarcy (Wheeler) Chase, M.A., Director of English Studies, Gould Academy

Darcy earned her B.A. in Linguistics at USM in 2000. She went on to participate in the USM Extended Teacher Education Program and earned her Maine State Teacher’s license in 2002. She completed her Master’s in Teaching and Learning at USM in 2005. After teaching middle school for several years, she became the Director of the English Studies Program at Gould Academy, a college preparatory boarding school that serves a number of international students. She is certified by the ACTFL as an Oral Proficiency Interview Rater. She regularly attends professional conferences and has presented her work at a NNETESOL Conference. “As a student in the Linguistics program," she says, "I learned to think and read critically, analyze and write effectively. I appreciated the opportunity to do research, to attend lectures by visiting linguists and to go to a Linguistics conference at Boston University. The linguistics coursework provided me with a solid foundation in the science of language - this is critical knowledge in my work as a language teacher, particularly since my students’ first languages vary greatly. Professors Wayne Cowart and Dana McDaniel have had a strong influence on me in my development as a scholar and as a teacher.”