A long-established school within the University of Memphis has a new name to indicate
its mission of research and service. What has traditionally been known as the School
of Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology is now officially the School of Communication
Sciences and Disorders.
Dean Maurice Mendel explained the rationale behind the name change. “The new name
is a much more accurate indicator of our academic tradition,” he said. “The discipline
of communication sciences and disorders provides graduate education leading to the
professions of audiology and speech-language pathology. The science bases of all three
of the degrees that we award – the AuD, the MA and the PhD – are more accurately reflected
in the new name.”
Regardless of its name, the research and services offered by the School have earned
it a stellar reputation nationally. Year after year, the audiology program and the
speech-language pathology program have been ranked high by U.S. News and World Report.
Faculty members conducting research into important speech and hearing-related topics
bring in millions of dollars each year, including $3.5 million in grants from the
National Institutes of Health this year alone.