Mission Statement

We engage in evidence-based teaching, research, and service aimed at deepening the understanding of speech, language, hearing, balance, swallowing and their disorders. We aim to advance prevention, diagnosis, and treatment, thereby facilitating and enhancing communication and quality of life for individuals, families and caregivers affected by these disorders.

To accomplish this mission we:

Educate students to:

  • Be exemplary practitioners, teachers and researchers in human communication sciences and disorders
  • Develop and maintain the highest ethical standards of quality in the compassionate provision of clinical services
  • Be knowledgeable and respectful of individual and cultural differences in the provision of care for individuals, families, and communities
  • Influence policy and promote the general welfare of all persons with disorders of speech, language, hearing, balance, or swallowing
  • Evaluate evidence regarding diagnosis and treatment efficacy and strive to continually deliver evidence-based practice  

Conduct and disseminate scholarly research to:

  • Contribute to the theoretical and applied understanding of speech, language, hearing, balance, and swallowing
  • Provide ethical and empirical evidence to inform the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of disorders of speech, language, hearing, balance, and swallowing
  • Engage with the community to improve the translation between research and clinical practice

Provide service to:

  • Advance policies  among local and national entities that promote the general welfare of all persons with disorders of speech , language, hearing, balance, or swallowing
  • Promote ethical care of the highest quality for the citizens of North Carolina and beyond through exemplary models of best practice
  • Collaborate with clinical providers in the community to assure best practice training opportunities for students
  • Support ongoing professional development through the provision of continuing education programs