About the Department
Students in the Department hail from all over the nation. Upon leaving the University, our graduates enter the clinical, teaching, and research fields throughout the United States. While in school, Communication Sciences and Disorders graduate students conduct original research, participate in symposia, and may serve as research assistants, teaching assistants or assistant instructors. Many of our students publish scholarly articles or deliver papers at professional meetings. We are proud of the high level of professional involvement of our students. All of those who have earned a PhD in our Department have obtained faculty or other professional positions.
Our graduate program is tailored to individual students. Students develop a plan of study in consultation with their faculty advisory committees. Ordinarily, an MA program is completed in two years and a PhD in three or four years after completion of the MA. The AuD program is typically completed in four years. We encourage most students in the PhD program to create a four year full-time work plan because, in our experience, it is difficult to produce a high-quality dissertation if the student is not in residence.
The Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders consistently ranks as one of the nation's top graduate programs. In the 2014 U.S. News & World Report's rankings of Best Graduate Schools, we ranked 10th in Speech-Language Pathology and 21st in Audiology.
Established in 1941 with the founding of The University of Texas at Austin Speech and Hearing Clinic, the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders is the oldest program of its kind in the state of Texas. Originally housed in the Department of Speech Communication, a separate Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders was established in 1998.
In 1979, the School of Communication became the College of Communication. At official ceremonies in April 1982, the three buildings comprising the communication complex were named the Jesse H. Jones Communication Center in honor of Mr. Jones, founder of the Houston Endowment, donor of the College's first and largest endowment. The Jesse H. Jones Communication Center houses the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders.
Our vision is to be one of the best research and academics programs in Communication Sciences and Disorders in the United States. This vision is to be accomplished by achieving national and international recognition for its high quality research, innovative graduate programs, outstanding undergraduate instruction, and model training approaches for educating superior researchers and practitioners.
Our mission is to provide comprehensive programs of education and scholarship that will advance the understanding of human communication and related disorders; to build a foundation of knowledge and skills that encourages competent clinical practice for the professional lifetime; and to promote a culture of collaboration and respect for others.
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Increase visibility of CSD major and its contributions to the University and Community
- Develop and implement a University-wide general education course
- Strengthen networking with alumni
- Develop and implement a program for University and surrounding community to enhance awareness of speech, language, and hearing services
- Improve Web site to provide more detailed information about the program and easier provide navigation
Enhance the quality of undergraduate instruction
- Enhance course offerings: Develop and implement course for honors students
- Increase the involvement of undergraduate students in research experiences. Develop a course where each faculty member will present research program
- Develop and implement a plan to enable clinical practica
- Increase the diversity of student body by establishing links with other institutions
Strengthen PhD program while maintaining current size of MA & AuD programs
- Establish a mentor network for prospective doctoral students during undergraduate and clinical graduate programs
- Increase student support for scholarly activities
- Enhance current areas of strength in child language, communication neuroscience, and bilingual CSD
- Explore collaborative projects/courses with other institutions via the use of technology
- Enhance recruitment efforts from other disciplines and from diverse racial/ethnic backgrounds
- Develop an identifiable curriculum for doctoral students
Enhance areas of research strengths while maintaining high level of excellence
- Provide continued support for faculty scholarship activities and grant pursuits
- Enhance dissemination of research through increased publications
- Expand and enhance research activities/support in the area of multicultural issues
- Identify key researchers for collaboration and potential recruitment
- Expand participation in consortia and institutes