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The Department of Communication Disorders and Social Work offers nationally-accredited programs dedicated to preparing culturally competent graduates for ethical service to clients across the lifespan in diverse communities. Students will demonstrate mastery of competencies reflecting critical thinking and professional communication skills in courses and practice settings. Faculty are dedicated to excellent teaching through the integration of scholarship and service. (Adopted 6-1-12)
Program Mission Statement
Communication Disorders is a comprehensive accredited program committed to excellence in the academic, technological and clinical education of professional speech-language pathologists who serve the communication and swallowing needs of a multicultural society. Evidenced-based teaching and supervised clinical experiences, utilizing advanced technology in the diagnosis and treatment of speech, language, voice, swallowing, and hearing disorders, foster excellence in the professional preparation of future speech-language pathologists.
"Preparing competent, caring and highly qualified graduates"
Program Strategic Plan
Each year the faculty in the Communication Disorders program approves a new strategic plan for the coming year. The plan originates from the Program Vision Committee and is then reviewed by the chair and the program as a whole. This review insures that key elements of needed changes are included and that the plan is in harmony with the Department and University Mission Statements. The plan is included in the Department Annual University Report that is sent to the College Dean and the University Provost for their approval. This plan is also available for review by any interested party in the community and as well as students. To receive a copy or to make comments about the plan, contact Communication Disorders at 660-543-4993.
Faculty and Staff
The faculty and staff of the program are student-focused and strive to sustain a positive climate and professional learning environment in which students feel both challenged and supported. The faculty members in Communication Disorders have expertise developed through many years of practical experience in PreK-12 and post-secondary school settings as well as medical and rehabilitation settings. For more information, read the profiles of our faculty and staff members.