Leslie Engstrand-Guca

  University Lecturer
  708-235-7345 ext. 7345
  Office Location:


  Office Hours:

  Wednesday: 2:30 - 4:30; Thursday: 2:30 - 4:30 and by appointment on Tuesday.

  College: CHHS

Communication Disorders



I graduated with a Master of Arts in Audiology from Northern Illinois University in 1995 and began working as a pediatric audiologist with a specialty in early diagnosis and intervention. After practicing for several years, I felt like I needed to know more so I could do more. I returned to school to obtain a Master of Health Science in Speech Pathology at Governors State University in 2006. In 2017, I obtained my Doctorate of Audiology from The University of Florida. Being dually certified in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology gives me unique insight and allows me to teach hearing-related courses in a way that is relevant and meaningful to speech-language pathology students


I have been a part of the Governors State University Faculty since 2010 when I began teaching Audiology as an adjunct instructor. I have been full-time faculty since 2017. I also continue to maintain a small caseload which allows me to continually assess and improve my clinical skills while keeping apprised of new technology. It also provides clinically relevant experience that I infuse into the courses I teach.


I teach the following courses:

CDIS 3500: Speech and Hearing Science

CDIS 4300: Neuroscience for Communication Disorders

CDIS 4400: Introduction to Audiology

CDIS 7300: Aural Rehabilitation: Principles and Procedures


Previously taught courses:

CDIS 4900: Clinical Methods in Communication Disorders

CDIS 3600: Anatomy and Physiology of Speech and Hearing


I serve as the Prevention/Screening Coordinator, working with community partners to provide opportunities for GSU graduate students to provide speech, language and hearing screenings to children and adults in surrounding communities. It is a way for our university to provide a vital service for our community while providing our students with hands-on experience assessing speech, language and hearing.


I am a member of the American Speech-Language and Hearing Association, The Illinois Speech Language and Hearing Association and The Illinois Academy of Audiology. I was also selected to participate in the ASHA Teaching Symposium on Foundational CSD Science Courses, Innovations in Teaching and Learning: Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences. My newest adventure is as part of the GSU STEAM team which engages community school-aged students in science, technology, engineering, the arts and mathematics. A strong foundation in sciences is so important and being able to make it interesting, interactive and fun has always been my goal.