History of the School

1947

  • Memphis Speech and Hearing Center created in the Memphis Medical Center - first of its kind in the Mid-South

1963

  • Construction of new building completed at present site (807 Jefferson Avenue)

1967

  • The Center became associated with Memphis State University, and an undergraduate degree is established

1969

  • The Department of Audiology and Speech Pathology was created as an independent program. The undergraduate program was closed, and a Master's Degree offered in Audiology and Speech Pathology

1970

  • First annual student-led Mid-South Conference on Communicative Disorders held

1972

  • Ph.D. program in Audiology and Speech Pathology began

1980

  • Tenth annual student-led Mid-South Conference on Communicative Disorders held

1984

  • Designated a Tennessee Center of Excellence in Higher Education - Creation of Center for Research Initiative and Strategies for the Communicatively Impaired (CRISCI)

1989

  • CRISCI was designated as an Accomplished Center of Excellence

1990

  • Twentieth annual student-led Mid-South Conference on Communicative Disorders held

1994

  • The School of Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology was established in the renamed University of Memphis

1997

  • The Memphis Speech and Hearing Center celebrated a half-century of excellence

1998

  • The School was ranked by US News and World Report as one of the top ten graduate programs both in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology

2000

  • Thirtieth annual student-led Mid-South Conference on Communicative Disorders held

2001

  • Clinical doctoral program in Audiology (Au.D.) began
  • Chair of Excellence funded by the Plough Foundation was established

2002

  • Continued ranking by US News and World Report as one of the top ten graduate programs both in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology

2004

  • Continued ranking by US News and World Report as one of the top graduate programs both in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology

2007

  • Grand Opening of Memphis Speech and Hearing Center East at 4075 Park Avenue, Suite 201

2008

  • Continued ranking by US News and World Report as one of the top graduate programs both in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology

2010

  • Fortieth annual student-led Mid-South Conference on Communicative Disorders held
  • First Study Abroad trip to the CAES School for the Deaf in the Dominican Republic, along with students and faculty from the School of Nursing

2011

  • Name of School changed to "School of Communication Sciences and Disorders"

2012

  • Continued ranking by US News and World Report as one of the top graduate programs both in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology
  • A local chapter of the Student Academy of Audiology was established

2015

  • Moved to the Community Health Building, which is shared with the Loewenberg College of Nursing