The mission of the graduate program in speech-language pathology is to advance knowledge of human communication and its disorders, and to contribute to the advancement of the profession of speech-language pathology through clinical practice, research, and professional development. Through a wide variety of academic and clinical experiences, students are prepared to become professional, competent and compassionate educators and clinicians who are able to utilize evidence-based principles in their professional practice; who provide quality services to children and adults with communication disorders while maintaining sensitivity to cultural, linguistic, and individual diversity; and who will be prepared as leaders in the field.
The graduate program in Speech-Language Pathology aims to address the academic and clinical needs of master’s and doctoral level students by providing rich learning opportunities that integrate theory and research with best clinical practices. The program is dedicated to fostering professional excellence that will benefit the quality of life of persons with communication disorders, as well as advancing knowledge in the discipline.
1. Increase Continuing Education Opportunities
In addition to meeting the requirement for continuing education in order to maintain certification, ASHA is increasingly stressing the need for specialty training beyond the master’s level in specific areas such as fluency, voice, speech sound disorders, and literacy/learning. Our program seeks to provide cutting-edge continuing education opportunities, as well as advanced post-master’s training. The advanced programs will encompass both didactic course work and in-depth clinical experiences in the particular specialty area.
Short term goals
- Increase the number of annual continuing education opportunities including teleconferences that are offered at Hofstra University.
- Conduct an assessment to study areas of professional service delivery where there may be a need for additional post-master’s training (e.g. fluency, voice, literacy).
- Continue to develop a liaison with the School of Education to pool resources for the establishment of a post-master’s language-learning-literacy advanced certificate program.
2. Expand Clinical Services in Speech, Language, and Hearing at the Saltzman Community Services Center
The Speech-Language-Hearing Clinic has already established some specialty programs in the areas of adult aphasia, early intervention, and language/literacy in the schools. Services have proved to benefit the community as well as to provide enhanced opportunities for student clinician training. Expansion of these types of programs will further benefit all stakeholders.
Short term goals
- Develop a plan to enhance service delivery through specialty programs such as fluency, voice, autism spectrum disorders, augmentative communication, foreign accent modification, and aural rehabilitation for adults.
- Increase collaboration with on-campus departments such as the Office of Services for Students with Disabilities, and Academic Advising.
3. Continue to Increase Collaboration between the Academic and Clinical Domains of the Program
In order to facilitate the teaching of best clinical practices, consistency and collaboration between the academic and clinical areas are essential. While the program has made important progress in this area, efforts to refine and consolidate the integration between theory and practice are ongoing.
Short term goals
- Establish a seminar class to better integrate academic and clinical best practices in diagnostics.
- Evaluate the clinical and academic curriculum to further enhance explicit evidence-based practice goals in clinical management.
- Develop opportunities for in-service presentations and discussions regarding best practices between the academic faculty and clinical staff
4. Continue to Increase Student Opportunities for Participation in Research
Student learning is greatly enhanced by participation in experiential learning, which includes independent study, participation in research projects with peers, and collaboration with faculty members. Through participation in research students learn the value of advancing the knowledge of their discipline as well as broaden their perspective through attendance at professional conferences and presentation of research.
Short term goals
- Continue to highlight excellence in student research at the annual departmental Spring Research Seminar.
- Increase the number of students who collaborate on faculty research.
- Increase the number of students who present their work at regional and national conferences.
5. Continue to Monitor the Academic and Clinical Environments
The physical environment should be conducive to student learning as well as provide high quality teaching, research, and clinical space
Short terms goals
- Submit request to develop conference room, adjunct office, and student lounge in Davison Hall.
- Improve classroom acoustics, climate control, and physical facilities in Davison Hall.
- Increase number of classrooms with full technological capacity.
- Explore options to increase the space in the Speech and Hearing Clinic that is assigned to audiological testing, hearing aid dispensing, and clinical education.
6. Develop a Ph.D. Program in Speech and Hearing Science
Programs in Communication Sciences and Disorders nationally face a severe shortage of Ph.D. level faculty. This has serious implications in terms of the future of the profession. Our program believes that we have the resources, including a new Medical School, to develop a Ph.D. program that could attract a large cohort of well-qualified potential students in the metropolitan New York area. This goal is consistent with the mission of Hofstra University, which is dedicated to the pre-professional, professional, master’s, and doctoral programs that support a wide range of career aspirations; emphasizes and supports the creation and synthesis of knowledge as well as its dissemination; and is committed to providing the informational and technological resources required for learning and the advancement of knowledge.
In addition, development of a Ph.D. program would increase faculty opportunities to obtain external funding for their research, as well as create additional opportunities for student participation in research.
Short term goals
- Implement another feasibility study to determine interest in a doctoral program in the metropolitan New York area.
- Establish a liaison with the Hofstra Medical School. Collaboration with the Medical School would allow doctoral students to take course work and obtain hands-on experience where appropriate in foundational areas such as anatomy, physiology, and neuroanatomy; as well as in medical aspects of speech and hearing such as cleft palate, voice disorders and neurological disorders.
- Continue to explore and develop on-campus and off-campus resources to promote high quality faculty research and external funding.