Division of Speech and Hearing Sciences Strategic Plan (2019-2021)

Our strategic plan aligns with and supports our mission to engage in evidence-based teaching, research, and service aimed at understanding, preventing, diagnosing and treating disorders of speech, language, hearing, and balance.

The overarching goals of our strategic plan are to:

Increase access to our degree programs by:

  1. Expanding access for undergraduate students to our speech and hearing minor
  2. Obtaining resources needed for a modest increase in cohort size for our degree programs
  3. Finalizing review of the feasibility of offering a professional doctorate in speech-language pathology

Expand scholarships, funding, and research opportunities by:

  1. Partnering with our departmental development officer, and our 50th anniversary event, to establish an endowed scholarship fund to offer more financial support for students
  2. Obtaining approval to recruit and hire faculty with an established research background
  3. Aligning with the departmental Office of Research to increase grant-writing resources, and professional development for faculty

Expand clinical education opportunities by:

  1. Increasing number and variety of clinical preceptors
  2. Providing added value for clinical preceptors in terms of access to University resources and continuing education
  3. Expanding interdisciplinary balance/vestibular clinic offering at UNC’s Hearing and Communication Center

Increase interdisciplinary and community-based service learning opportunities by:

  1. Expanding the established interdisciplinary geriatric interprofessional education (IPE) course to include more SLP and AuD students
  2. Piloting interdisciplinary service learning opportunity with a focus on working in rural communities
  3. Collaborating with University, School of Medicine and Departmental IPE offerings to increase faculty participation in case development and IPE opportunities

For more information, or to provide input on these strategic planning initiatives, contact the program director, Dr. Williams.

Sharon Wallace Williams, PhD
Associate Professor and Director, Division of Speech and Hearing Sciences

301 S. Columbia St., Bondurant Hall, Suite 3130
Campus Box 7190, Department of Allied Health Sciences
University of North Carolina School of Medicine
Chapel Hill, NC 27599

Phone: (919) 966-9462
Fax: (919) 966-0100
Email: shwillia@ad.unc.edu