School of Speech, Language, Hearing and Occupational Sciences Faculty & Staff

Dana Fitz Gale

Professor/ Clinical Educator


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  • Phone: 243-2405
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    About Me:

    I grew up in Alberta, Canada, and earned degrees at universities in Quebec and Oregon before settling in Montana, where I now live my husband, our two sons, and an assortment of dogs, cats, and horses. My professional background includes more than twenty years of experience as a practicing SLP, working in a wide range of settings with clients ranging from infancy to adulthood. My clinical interests include autism, neurodiversity, multiculturalism, literacy, and language development. As an instructor and clinical educator, I am passionate about teaching and mentoring students on their journey to become competent, ethical, and culturally responsive speech/language pathologists.In addition to being an SLP, I am also a fiction writer, and I believe that my skills in this area enhance my ability to help clients and students with literacy-related needs.

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Personal Summary

Dana Fitz Gale has twenty years of experience as a speech/language pathologist, working with a wide range of children and adults, across a wide range of settings. She lives with her husband, their two sons, and assorted animals on a small farm in the Bitterroot valley.


Ed. D., Teaching and Learning, in progress (anticipated Spring 2020) University of Montana, Missoula, MT.

MFA, Creative Writing, University of Montana, 2013.

MS, Communication Disorders and Sciences, University of Oregon, 1998.

BA, History, McGill University, 1993.

Courses Taught

Course I have taught for the CSD Department:

CSD 210

CSD 365

CSD 520

CSD 405

CSD 340

CSD 595

Teaching Experience

Courses Taught at UM since 2012:

CSD 210, CSD 405, CSD 520, CSD 340, CSD 365, CSD 396, CSD 595, ENCR 210

Research Interests

My research interests include literacy (especially writing pedagogy), inclusion, culturally responsive practice, and all aspects of neurodiversity (especially autism).




Spells for Victory and Courage. Brighthorse Books, 2016. (Winner of the Brighthorse Prize in Fiction, finalist for the Flannery O'Connor Award as well as the Ohio State Book Award)


Literary Journal Publications:


"Crossroads of America". The Georgia Review. Winter, 2016.

"Leah, Lamb". The Hudson Review, Fall, 2016, issue 69.

"Fun with Color". Tampa Review. Fall, 2014, issue 49.

"El Vaquero". Prairie Schooner. Fall, 2014, issue 88.3.

"Cousin". Mid-American Review. Spring, 2014, issue 39.2.

“Jester”. Crazyhorse, Fall, 2013, issue 84.

“Monsters of the Deep” (winner of the Arts & Letters Prize for Fiction and nominated for a Pushcart Prize). Arts & Letters. Spring, 2013, issue 27.

“Fourteen Tips for Selling Real Estate” (winner of the Writers at Work Fellowship Contest). Quarterly West. Winter, 2013, issue 77.

"Covenants". Indiana Review. Summer, 2012, issue 34.1.

"Schooling" (winner of the Alexander Patterson Cappon Prize for Fiction). New Letters. Spring, 2012, issue 78.2.

"Canoe" (winner of the Charles Johnson Fiction Award). Crab Orchard Review, Summer/Fall issue, 2012, issue 17.1.

Anthology Contributions:

"Judas Horse" in Bright Bones: An Anthology of Contemporary Montana Writers,

Natalie Peeterse, Ed. Open Country Press, 2018.

"Pray for Me, I Drive 93" in Hard Ground: Writing the Rockies, Annette Chaudet,

Ed. Pronghorn Press, 2003.


Non-fiction Articles:

“Honor Song”.  Montana Magazine.  Jan-Feb, 2003.

Professional Experience

20 years as a practicing Speech/Language Pathologist, in public school, preschool, hospital, and private clinic settings.

Honors / Awards

Bertha Morton Fellowship from the University of Montana, 2019 and 2013.

Dean's Award for Excellence, 2018.

See CV for other awards/honors.


Fiction writing, running, rafting, skiing, horseback riding, and hiking.