• A woman conducting a hearing test on another woman.
  • Students and professor collaborating around a computer.
  • Students and instructor hooking a test dummy up to equipment.
  • A professor lectures a class with a visual aid.
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The faculty and staff of Western Michigan University's Department of Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences are committed to educating the next generation of speech, language and hearing professionals through unique academic, research and clinical opportunities. Through this program, students enhance their knowledge and develop essential skills and competencies in evaluation, diagnosis, rehabilitation and prevention, as well as research, education and administration. Our graduates are maximally effective in providing clinical services to individuals of all ages with speech, language and hearing impairments.

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News and Announcements

2016 graduate program open house and visit days announced
The Department of Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences invites prospective graduate students to our campus in Kalamazoo for tours and orientation. There are three opportunities scheduled for the fall 2016 semester.

2016 Van Riper Lectures
The 2016 Van Riper Lecture will take place Friday, Sept. 30, at Fetzer Center. The topic is Communication: The Lived Experience, and we are very excited about our two speakers -- Michael Turner, documentary filmmaker and director of "The Way We Talk," and Gael Hannan, author of "How I Hear It."

More information is available on this website. Registration is available on MyWMU.com.

SPPA Student Wins Best Honors Thesis Award
Autumn Kearney, an honors student majoring in speech pathology and audiology, won the WMU Best Honors Thesis Award for Spring 2016.  Autumn completed her thesis under the direction of Dr. Yvette Hyter.  Autumn's thesis was based on the project that she completed through the study abroad program in Senegal, which is co-led by Dr. Hyter.  Autumn is the second SPPA student to receive this award while working under the direction of Dr. Hyter.

Faculty Member Chosen for ASHA Pathways Program
Dr. Robin Criter was among a handful of early career researchers selected from the around the country to participate in the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association's (ASHA) Pathways Program.  According to ASHA, "The role of the Pathways program is to mentor early-career clinical scientists in developing strong foundations for independent research careers. To this end, Pathways assists participants with developing a 5-year research career plan, acculturating to a research career, building a publication record, and learning about funding mechanisms appropriate to this career stage. The specific goal of the program is to prepare eligible candidates to become competitive applicants for NIDCD R03 or K23 awards. It is intended as an initial step to enhance the training, retention, and funding success of clinical scientists in CSD, with the ultimate goal of advancing the evidence base of the discipline."

AuD Student Wins Award
Hannah Hodges, a graduate student in the Doctor of Audiology program, was awarded a Graduate Student Research Grant by the WMU Graduate College.  Ms. Hodges' faculty mentor is Dr. Robin Criter.

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