Department of Communication Disorders

Mission and Strategic Plan (2014-2018)

Auburn University

Department of Communication Disorders

Vision Statement:

The Auburn University Department of Communication Disorders will distinguish itself by providing high-quality academic instruction, clinical experiences, and research activities for undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral students in the allied health fields of audiology and speech-language pathology. Our graduates will distinguish themselves by providing state of the art, evidence-based clinical services to their communities and global society, by achieving leadership positions in their professional and inter-professional organizations at local, state, regional, and/or national levels, and by sharing their Auburn traditions and standards with clinicians of the future.

Mission Statement:

Consistent with the mission statements of Auburn University and the College of Liberal Arts, the mission of the Department of Communication Disorders includes the areas of instruction, service, research, and outreach. The Department will provide high-quality services to its students through academic and clinical instruction, clients through clinical services and research, professionals through continuing education and research, and the community and global society through civic engagement. The Department will strive to provide premier training programs, with innovative approaches and state-of-the-art technology by engaging in on-going assessment, professional development, and program evaluation and modification.

Strategic Goals:

  1. Improve student educational outcomes in audiology and speech-language pathology and diversify enrollment.

    1. To provide high-quality academic background for undergraduate students in order to thoroughly prepare them for a graduate program in communication disorders, graduate degrees in other professions (such as special education), or employment as audiology or speech-language pathology assistants;
    2. To ensure graduate students develop knowledge and skills across the scope of practice, through academic coursework and clinical practice, in order to meet requirements for national certification from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association and for state licensure;
    3. To emphasize evidence-based practice, critical thinking skills, cultural competence, professional writing skills, and clinical problem-solving for graduate students;
    4. To provide academic and clinical preparation that ensures students are employable in a variety of work settings and are able to fill a variety of professional roles;
    5. To provide a clinical foundation for undergraduate students;
    6. To provide excellent and varied clinical practicum experiences for graduate students, including service learning opportunities for our students through civic engagement including multicultural activities.
    7. To actively promote enrollment and retention of students’ from diverse backgrounds* through local, regional, and national outreach/ presentations, as well as, inclusive approaches to recruitment and admissions for both undergraduate and graduate programs in Communication Disorders. *As determined by goals of the Auburn University Strategic Diversity Plan and in accordance with CLA strategic Goal #3.
    8. To pursue the development of the Ph.D. program in Communication Disorders, addressing the requests from students that want to pursue specific mentorship through CMDS faculty.
  2. Provide service

    1. To inform and educate the College and University about communication development and skills; signs and symptoms of communication disorders; prevention and management of communication disorders;
    2. To maintain a high level of local, state, regional, national, and international visibility for the Department through service and/or leadership to professional organizations through the community, civic, or government agencies.
  3. Enhance research

    1. To produce innovative basic and applied research in the areas of communication sciences and disorders, including innovative relevant applied clinical research focusing on assessment and treatment issues;
    2. To encourage and increase student participation in research at both the undergraduate and graduate levels;
    3. To encourage interprofessional and intraprofessional research at local, state, regional, national, and international levels;
    4. To seek intramural and extramural funding for research endeavors;
    5. To maintain a high level of local, state, regional, national and international visibility in presenting and publishing scholarly work.
  4. Increase engagement with citizens of Alabama and beyond

    1. To provide the highest quality clinical services and state-of-the-art technology and products available for individuals across the lifespan who are at risk for, or exhibit speech, language, swallowing, hearing and/or balance disorders;
    2. To promote the availability of our clinical services for individuals across the lifespan to potential referral sources and agencies, including efforts to increase the number and variety of referral sources and agencies, including allied health professionals, medical community, government programs, public and private school systems, etc.;
    3. To act as a resource for information and point of contact for other audiologists and speech-language pathologists as well as other professionals, such as physicians, nurses, teachers, dentists, social workers, etc.;
    4. To provide service learning opportunities for our students through civic engagement and to inform and educate the surrounding communities about communication development and skills; signs and symptoms of communication disorders; and prevention and management of communication disorders;
    5. To increase program visibility through media and social networking.
  5. Improve resources and facilities to create 21st-century learning, community outreach, and research environments

    1. To provide the highest possible quality resources and facilities to satisfy the mission and goals of the Department and meet the standards established by professional accrediting agencies (ASHA, CAA, and SACS);
    2. To continue discussion on possible move of the Department and/or Clinic from Haley Center to address, space needs, long-term parking, and client access issues;
    3. To acquire state-of-the-art technology to meet research, service, and instruction needs;
    4. To replace clinical and academic faculty leaving through attrition, retirement, etc.; and in that process actively recruit and retain diverse candidates;
    5. To explore the creation of a position of Clinical Director, and/or AUSHC Office Manager, and acquiring an additional full-time SLP clinical faculty member to reduce number PRN positions. 

Last Updated: September 19, 2016

Last Updated: November 15, 2016