Nickole Hines-Staples, MA, CCC-SLP, BIES

Director of Clinical Education, SLP Program


Austin, TX


College of Health Sciences


Acute Care
Adult Rehabilitation
Clinical Education


Bilingual English/Spanish Certification in Speech-Language Pathology, Marquette University
Master of Arts in Audiology and Speech Sciences, Michigan State University
Bachelor of Arts in Spanish, Michigan State University

Research Interests

Infant feeding and swallowing
Interprofessional education
Videostroboscopic assessment of voice

Dr. Nickole Hines-Staples is an Instructor and the Director of Speech-Language Pathology (SLP) Clinical Education for the University’s Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology (MS-SLP) Program on the Austin, TX campus. Her areas of interest in the field of speech-language pathology include swallowing and dysphagia across the lifespan with an emphasis in neonatal feeding and swallowing, in addition to voice and voice disorders. She has a passion for teaching and mentoring students in these areas, as well as facilitating hands-on experiences through clinical education.

In her director role, Hines-Staples collaborates with Clinical Services to provide clinical practicum opportunities for MS-SLP students that are diverse, enriching, and supportive of interprofessional practice. In the academic setting, Hines-Staples has taught various courses including Hypopharyngeal Visualization, Dysphagia, Voice and Velopharyngeal Disorders, Child Language, and Clinical Practicum. She has also presented on voice therapy and maintenance to local support groups, such as Power for Parkinson’s, and is an active member of American Speech and Hearing Association (ASHA) Special Interest Group (SIG) 3: Voice and Upper Airway Disorders, ASHA SIG 11: Administration and Supervision, and the Texas Speech and Hearing Association (TSHA) Local Arrangements/Philanthropy Committee Co-chair. She looks forward to presenting on Interprofessional Education at the ASHA 2021 Convention, as well as during the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) Combined Sessions Meeting in 2022.