Dean's Message

Dr. Linda JarmulowiczWelcome to the School of Communication Sciences and Disorders (CSD) at the University of Memphis! This is an exciting time to be part of this field, and an exciting time to be part of the UofM. The School shares the Community Health Building, south of main campus, with the Loewenberg College of Nursing. Our faculty, students, and graduates are proud of our School's history of excellence, including our educational quality, service to the local and professional communities, and research contribution to the professions. The Doctor of Audiology and Masters in Speech Language Pathology programs at the School of Communication Sciences and Disorders are among the nation's best (USNews & World Report). CSD has developed numerous American Sign Language courses at the undergraduate level.

Our clinical programs have over 60 agreements throughout the broader community to further training in offsite practica, including several specialty hospitals. Clinical education takes place initially at the Memphis Speech and Hearing Center (MSHC), which is housed on the first floor of the Community Health Building. MSHC programs have grown to include the Clinical Voice and Vocal Health Program and the Cochlear Implant Program as well as ongoing speech, language, and hearing diagnostics and treatment. Additionally, our clinic partnership with Methodist Le Bonheur Hospitals provides students real-world experience with electronic medical records.

Our faculty conduct cutting-edge research from voice and emotion, fluency and cognition, infant vocalization, hearing aids, to speech perception, neural correlates of hearing and music, adult conversational interaction and motor speech disorders. We have several laboratories in which to engage in research. The School is also designated as a state Center of Excellence (Center for Research Initiative and Strategies for the Communicatively Impaired, CRISCI), which supports the research endeavors, and many faculty are also members of the interdisciplinary Institute for Intelligent Systems (IIS) on main campus.

We are very proud of our School's students on the national stage and in the local community. Several times in the last five years, our student-led chapter of the National Student Speech-Language-Hearing Association (NSSLHA) has won national recognition with Gold Chapter Honors for philanthropy, community service, advocacy, and networking. Our Student Academy of Audiology (SAA) group actively promotes hearing health and awareness throughout the city. Every spring, CSD students organize the Mid-South Conference on Communicative Disorders in which they invite experts from around the country. In 2020, we celebrated 50 continuous years of this student-led conference!

If you are a prospective student, please browse the website for current information on our clinical education and academic programs. If you are alumni, thank you for checking in and supporting the School. We appreciate all that you do for us, from serving as off-site supervisors to spreading our reputation with your good work to contributing financially so that the future of the professions remains strong. We hope to see you at the next Mid-South Conference on Communicative Disorders.

Please let our faculty or staff know if there are any questions you might have about our programs or the School. Wishing you every success!

Linda Jarmulowicz, PhD, Dean

**Pandemic Update** The School and the UofM are taking steps to stay safe during the pandemic. At the time of this writing, behavioral measures are our best defense. Social distancing, physical barriers (e.g., masks, screens), and disinfecting (hand washing, sanitizing) are the key tools. All faculty, staff, and students are required to wear masks and maintain a six foot distance from each other. Classrooms have been arranged to accommodate distancing, surface and hand sanitizer will be available, and most CSD classes will be taught in a hybrid format. Students should wear their own cloth masks, unless otherwise directed. People entering the clinic (faculty, staff, students, and patients/client) will be screened and may require additional personal protective equipment. Clinical experiences are being augmented with simulation to stay on track to graduate. Signs and reminders about traffic flow and spacing will be conspicuously posted. We all play a role in keeping everyone else safe. It is imperative that people stay home if they feel sick and seek treatment if needed.

The UofM maintains a webpage with COVID-19 updates.