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Robert E. Hanyak, AuD

Associate Professor Emeritus




BA in Communicative Disorders, University of the Pacific, 1979

MS in Audiology, University of Utah, 1981

AuD, University of Florida, 2005

At Pacific Since: 1985

Robert Hanyak '79, AuD received his bachelor of arts in communicative disorders from University of the Pacific in 1979, his master of science in audiology from University of Utah in 1981 and his doctor of audiology from University of Florida in 2005. Dr. Hanyak joined the Pacific faculty in 1985.

What Dr. Hanyak loves about teaching at Pacific is the opportunity to help students reach their career goals and watch them develop into professionals. His goal is to provide leadership for the speech-language pathology and audiology programs to ensure that students graduate as practice-ready professionals.  

Dr. Hanyak is a Fellow of both the American Academy of Audiology and the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. He is a member of the Academy of Doctors of Audiology, the Educational Audiology Association and the California Academy of Audiology. He has received honors recognition from the California Speech-Language-Hearing Association and serves as the Treasurer for the California Council of Academic Programs in Communication Sciences and Disorders. In addition, he has served as a leader on a number of university and community committees.  

What originally led him to pursue audiology was the guidance of his Pacific audiology professor Dr. Faye Sorenson. The individual who has had the greatest impact on his career is Dr. Martin Robinette, his audiology professor at the University of Utah. Robinette's commitment and support of his students has guided Dr. Hanyak during his 30 years of teaching at Pacific.  

Dr. Hanyak is a sports enthusiast. He also enjoys hiking, traveling and doing community outreach.


Teaching Philosophy: “Provide my students with the knowledge and skills to be the best clinical audiologists and speech-language pathologists to meet the future needs of their patients.”


SLPA 127 - Audiology
SLPA 201 - Professional Issues
SLPA 227 - Auditory Processing Disorders
AUDI 325 - Aural Rehabilitation
AUDI 353 - Professional Issue