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The vision of the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders is to be consistently recognized as a learning community that
1) develops collaborative, interdisciplinary, innovative citizen-clinicians;
2) engages in scholarly inquiry that transforms our professional practice;
3) enhances the human condition by working effectively with colleagues, students, clients, and families across disciplines and agencies.


To accomplish this vision, the mission of the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders is to prepare competent, compassionate, and collaborative professionals who understand the scientific and theoretical bases of the dynamic nature of human communication.

Core values:
  • Respect students and collaboratively guide them toward professional lives
  • Commitment to research · Knowledge drives practice and actions
  • Life-long knowledge acquisition
  • Respect for and acceptance of differences
  • Be life-long learners
  • Promoting profession
  • Balance between personal and professional lives
  • Professional competence
  • Citizenship
  • Being reflective
  • Collaboration, Competence, Compassion
  • Civility
  • Integrity
  • Professional Disposition
  • Personal, professional ethics

What strengths of your department can be capitalized on to maintain excellence?

  • We have a cohesive faculty and staff that works well together to achieve department goals.
  • We have a strong faculty that is professionally committed, that is engaged in clinical as well as academic teaching, and that is committed to departmental, University and community service.
  • Although listed as a challenge above, faculty/student collaborative research is promoted and conducted.
  • We have a faculty that is committed to excellent student advising. Our recent program review attests to this.
  • We have a strong program assistant and part-time LTE who facilitate smooth operations within the department.
  • We have high quality undergraduate and graduate students.
  • We have strong curricula that are evaluated regularly and are modified based on assessment data collected. On average, we significantly revise our curricula every five years.
  • We have an active teaching lab, the Center for Communication Disorders, that provides an excellent educational opportunity for our students and provides a much-needed community service. During a typical semester, 75 clients are seen for ongoing therapy and more than 60 evaluations are completed.
  • We have good working relationships with our alumni and other speech-language pathologists in the area and beyond.

Indicate your top two or three “marks of excellence.”

  • We have a high-quality, “generalist” master’s program in speech-language pathology that includes opportunities for students to gain full-time clinical experience in an educational setting as well as in a clinical setting (e.g., hospital) and prepares them well for their first position.
  • Our master’s students over the past five years have had a pass rate of 98% by the time of graduation. The average pass-rate for all programs in the country is about 90%.
  • Our seniors gain experience treating clients during their capstone experience, which helps them to decide if they want to pursue a master’s degree in communication sciences and disorders. Many undergraduate CSD programs in the country have eliminated undergraduate practicum.