Faculty spotlight: Samantha Lukert

Oct 18, 2022

Meet Samantha Lukert, a new faculty member in CSD.

When did you start at UMD? 

I started with UMD in August 2022 as a Clinical Instructor in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders. As a recent transplant to Duluth, I was eager to find a rewarding career path merging my background in teaching, research and rehabilitation.

Why did you choose to work at UMD?

I chose UMD because of its clear commitment to fostering superior student learning and experiences, clinical and research collaborations as well as the opportunity to serve our greater Duluth community. 

What do you like most about your job? 

My favorite part of my job is fostering a fun and open learning environment for students to practice applying what they learn in class to their clinical practice. It is incredibly rewarding to watch them grow with skill and confidence throughout the graduate program. 

What is your clinical focus? 

My clinical focus is in traumatic brain injury and neurorehabilitation. I am a certified brain injury specialist through the Brain Injury Association of America and use this training to serve clients with a variety of acquired neurological conditions and neurodegenerative diseases. I am also involved in several special interest groups through the American Speech-Language and Hearing Association including Fluency and Fluency Disorders, Issues in High Education, Administration and Supervision and Cultural and Linguistic Diversity. 

Do you have any advice for students?

Have FUN with your education and time at UMD! This is your time for personal and professional exploration. Embrace curiosity and see where it takes you. 

What do you like to do in your free time?

Being active is the name of the game! I love salsa dancing, paddleboarding, rollerblading and walking on the Lakewalk. Additionally, I am eager to return to traveling again and have plans to visit Germany over winter break.