Department of Speech and Hearing Sciences: Vision Statement
The Department of Speech and Hearing Sciences (SPHS) is by definition an interdisciplinary field with its roots in psychology, physiology, physics, music, linguistics, and education. Integration of these diverse influences within SPHS is evident in faculty scholarship, research, student education and clinical services. The mission of SPHS is to serve the community by advancing innovative basic and applied research in communication sciences and disorders for the purpose of knowledge acquisition, student education, professional training and clinical practice. Various evaluations (e.g., US News and World reports; Chronicle of Higher Education) have consistently placed our department in the top 20 nationally which suggests that we are meeting many of the goals that are valued in the field – research productivity through grants, publication and professional service; excellent clinical education in our graduate curricula and in-house clinics; application of research findings to provide excellent clinical services.
IU SPHS is highly regarded within the profession for its research profile as documented by grants attained, national honors received, editorial appointments undertaken, NIH review participation, and other objective measures. It is clear that our students achieve their goals as indexed by 100% employment of our clinical program graduates (MA and AuD) and placement of our PhD students in major universities and research positions in industry. Clients in our two department clinics are highly satisfied by our services as noted on consumer surveys and local newspaper ratings. Clearly, one of our goals for the future is to maintain these strengths through excellent faculty recruitment and retention, curricular revisions, and clinical service.
With this background in mind, the focus of the SPHS vision over the next 3-5 years is on:
- Enriching clinical education and services in audiology and speech-language pathology;
- Enhancement of research and expansion of the Ph.D. program; and
- Developing greater opportunities for our burgeoning SPHS undergraduate majors