SCSD Mission Statement

The mission of the School of Communication Science and Disorders is to:

  • generate and disseminate scientific knowledge related to variety and differences in communication processes and disorders.
  • prepare students to demonstrate broad-based knowledge of communication science and skills to apply theory and research findings to clinical practice in their communities.
  • empower students to provide effective diagnostic and treatment services in a global and diverse community and utilize innovative, evidence-based approaches to support individuals with a wide variety of speech, language, cognitive, swallowing, and hearing abilities.
  • prepare leading clinical and research scientists to generate new knowledge for practicing at the top of the license.


Vision Statement

  • SCSD will improve communication outcomes and quality of life for individuals from diverse ability, socioeconomic, cultural, and linguistic backgrounds. To this end, we engage in innovative collaborative research; provide training to students and leadership development; and disseminate evidence-based practice to varied stakeholders including clients and their families and care partners, local educational agencies, practitioners, community partners, and research scientists.


Core Values

  • Innovation: We design, develop, and implement cutting-edge evidence-based practices.
  • Diversity: We, at the SCSD foster a mindful commitment to all forms of diversity (racial, linguistic, ethnic, cultural, religious, sexual orientation, gender, disability, and socioeconomic status) and an inclusive culture where everyone’s potential is maximized, individuality is celebrated, and everyone has the opportunity to thrive.
  • Collaboration: We work together across disciplinary, professional, and institutional boundaries to solve complex problems to improve quality of life.


The L.L. Schendel Speech and Hearing Clinic has a dual mission: (a) to provide effective community services that improve the communication abilities of individuals of all ages and (b) to provide a teaching and clinical research laboratory that seeks to develop exemplary assessment and treatment procedures for use by our students and professionals in speech-language pathology and audiology. Innovative and relevant theory development, research, and services are viewed as unitary- the academic effort, research effort, and the clinical effort all strive for one goal: the enhancement of the communicative well being of the individuals served.