Vision and Mission Statements

Department of Speech Pathology and Audiology

Vision Statement

The Department of Speech Pathology and Audiology at the University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine will serve as a center of excellence and innovative clinical service for people with communication, cognition, and swallowing impairments. We are a dedicated program whose goal it is to provide high quality educational programs for the BS, MS, and PhD degrees offered through its academic program; and a committed cohort of research-driven faculty whose goal is to advance the scientific foundations of speech-language pathology and audiology.

Mission Statement

To serve the needs of the community, while promoting excellence in academic and clinical training, and to increase collaborative research efforts to achieve institution-wide goals.

The Department of Speech Pathology and Audiology and UNR Speech and Hearing Clinic will serve the needs of the community in a competent, efficient, evidence-based manner. This will be achieved through the following:

  • Ensure all Clinical Supervisors are adequately trained in the area of supervision of graduate student clinicians, as recommended by ASHA
  • Ensure that all Graduate Student Clinicians demonstrate expected clinical competencies, assessed through formative and summative feedback and in-person competency exams
  • Ensure that all service is provided with the three tenets of Evidence-Based Practice through academic and clinical training opportunities

The Department of Speech Pathology and Audiology and UNR Speech and Hearing Clinic will increase collaborative research efforts with involvement of graduate and undergraduate students and allied health disciplines (e.g. Social Work, Nursing, Psychology, Special Education, Gerontology, etc.), and increase extramural funding for projects.  This will be achieved through the following:

  • The faculty researchers will establish and maintain relationships with students in the Department of Speech Pathology and Audiology, offering research experiences that will enhance training and increase focus on the future doctoral-level education and research
  • The faculty researchers will establish and maintain relationships with University of Nevada, Reno colleagues and programs to include and expand interdisciplinary professional relations
  • The faculty researchers will seek out funding opportunities for innovative research projects

The Department of Speech Pathology and Audiology and UNR Speech and Hearing Clinic will increase the inclusion of innovative academic and clinical products within its training of graduate students.  This will be achieved through the following:

  • The faculty will increase the use of educational technology in the classroom to support academic outcomes (e.g. Canvas, web-based teaching, hybrid courses, etc.)
  • The faculty will increase the use of clinical technology in the clinic to support treatment outcomes and clinical training outcomes (e.g. Kay Pentax rigid and flexible endoscopy equipment, sEMG biofeedback, SmartPalate system, telepractice, etc.)