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Speech-Language-Hearing graduates have excellent career prospects that are projected to continue according to the U.S. Occupational Outlook Handbook with a 29 percent increase in job openings through 2024 for speech-language pathologists (M.A. degree) and a 21 percent increase for audiologists (Au.D.). Eighty-four percent of our undergraduates continue into graduate programs related to communication disorders. The basic study in speech-language pathology and audiology provided in the speech-language-hearing curriculum prepares students for graduate study in those fields. Such programs are offered through the Intercampus Program in Communicative Disorders at the University of Kansas.

Graduates have many options, including graduate study in speech-language pathology, audiology, and speech, language, or hearing research. Because communication is central to most human activities, a degree in speech-language-hearing can also lead to a career in many other fields.

Speech-language pathologists design interventions and treat a range of disorders, including delayed language development, stuttering, articulation or pronunciation difficulties, and language loss caused by head injury, stroke, or progressive neuromotor disease.

Audiologists diagnose and treat hearing loss in people of all ages, ranging from newborns to the elderly.  Audiologists help people with hearing losses to overcome communication difficulties through technology (hearing aids, cochlear implants) and therapy techniques.

Audiologists and speech-language pathologists work in settings that include schools, medical centers, state and federal agencies, universities, and rehabilitation centers. Professionals in both fields also enter private practice.‚Äč

To learn more about careers in the communication sciences and disorders professions, visit the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association

News and events

Congratulations to Russell Johnston, Ph.D., Kristen Muller, Ph.D., and Kevin Pitt, Ph.D. for successfulling defending their dissertations this summer! 

Congratulations to Tiffany P. Hogan, Speech Language Pathology PhD alum, ASHA Fellowship of the Assiciation 2019 Award recipient.

Suzanne Adlof, one of our Speech Language Pathology MA/PhD alums now in South Carolina, received the presidential early career award in science/engineering.

Congratulations to Mindy Bridges, Assistant Professor, on receiving the School of Health Professions (SHP) Research Grant for her proposal: The Development of Language-Intensive Professional Development Modules for Prekindergarten Teachers.

Abby Enneking, 2nd year MA-SLP student, will be 1 of 2 students from Kansas to receive the Sertoma International Award.

Frank Kim, 2nd year MA-SLP student, will be the recipient of the SHP Dean's Diversity Scholarship.

Nancy Brady recently participated in the First Summit Forum of China Higher Education of Speech Language Pathology at East China Normal University in Shanghai China. Dr. Brady is pictured with Dr. Qiaoyun Liu, the department head and associate Dean at East Normal. Dr. Liu was a visiting scholar at KU in 2018. The purpose of the meeting was to discuss a consensus for curriculum in Speech Language Pathology in China.

SPLH/IPCD Graduation Ceremony Information Page, May 18, 2019


Dr. Julie Washington is coming as the invited speaker on February 11, 2019: The Annual Betty H. Bunce Multicultural Lecture 

Dr. Holly Storkel leads a research project aimed at developing effective interventions for kids with DLD called KAW Story. The project just earned a $1.5 million grant from the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders to continue research with 60 Kansas kindergarteners across several school districts.

SPLH Professor, Holly Storkel, has been selected as Associate Dean for Academic Innovation & Student Success

SPLH Chair, Nancy Brady, has been promoted to Professor by Chancellor Douglas A. Girod - Chancellor announces faculty awarded promotion and tenure for 2018

Ana PaulMumy's TEDxKU talk- Placing Value on Human Imperfection

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