Mission & Strategic Plan

Mission Statement for Speech-Language Pathology & Audiology Programs 


Our mission is to:

Prepare future professionals who will:

  • provide ethical, compassionate, and evidenced-based clinical services across the scope of practice for their profession;
  • advocate for and facilitate communication development and well-being across the lifespan;
  • work effectively with diverse populations in diverse environments;
  • work collaboratively with professionals from other disciplines.

Foster an academic environment that will: 

  • inspire students to develop critical thinking skills, cultural competence, and clinical expertise;
  • support faculty in the creation and integration of innovative teaching strategies, experiential learning, and research;
  • support faculty professional and leadership development.


Strategic Plan 2018-2023 for Speech Language Pathology & Audiology Programs 


Goals & Objectives: 

Goal #1: Enhance student clinical education, clinical service provision to citizens of the Mid-Atlantic Region, and outreach to the community.

  • Objective 1.1: Provide opportunities for student and faculty development in the area of cultural competence.
  • Objective 1.2: Strengthen academic-community collaborations that provide clinical outreach and research opportunities.
  • Objective 1.3: Provide opportunities for students to develop self-reflection and evaluation skills,  including a focus on how they can enhance patient well-being.
  • Objective 1.4: Provide opportunities for students to participate in interprofessional education (IPE).
  • Objective 1.5: Support development of clinical skills by providing breadth and depth of clinical learning experiences.
  • Objective 1.6: Examine program requirements and curriculum relative to the changing needs of the professions and make changes as needed.

Goal #2: Examine and enhance opportunities for students to develop critical thinking and life-long learning skills.

  • Objective 2.1: Provide learning opportunities for students to develop critical thinking skills outside the classroom. 
  • Objective 2.2: Provide all students with the knowledge and skills required to be informed consumers of research.

Goal #3: Support faculty and student research initiatives.

  • Objective 3.1: Provide support for students to participate in research dissemination.
  • Objective 3.2: Develop a wide array of clinical and research collaborations with a focus on expanding student and faculty experiences.
  • Objective 3.3: Provide opportunities for faculty to share research findings with faculty and students within the department and college.
  • Objective 3.4: Share faculty and student research accomplishments with students, faculty, alumni, and others.

Goal #4: Support faculty professional and leadership development

  • Objective 4.1: Provide professional development opportunities for faculty in pedagogy and advising, including the use of technology to support faculty in teaching and advising.
  • Objective 4.2: Examine and improve faculty peer evaluation and mentoring process.
  • Objective 4.3: Examine and streamline time-consuming administrative and service tasks to enhance faculty time available for teaching and scholarship projects.
  • Objective 4.4: Provide training opportunities in conflict management for all faculty and staff.
  • Objective 4.5: Provide time management/organizational skills training opportunities for faculty.
  • Objective 4.6: Identify faculty interested in academic leadership and provide leadership development opportunities.

Progress towards these goals and objectives will be evaluated in January and May of each academic year.  Students, faculty, staff, alumni, off-campus supervisors, administrators, and other interested parties are welcome to provide feedback to the department chairperson, Dr. Christina Pelatti, at .