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Welcome to the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders at Oklahoma State University. This is an exciting time for us! Long recognized as an outstanding clinical program, in concert with the mission of the College of Arts and Sciences and the university at large, the department has more recently recruited research faculty. We now boast a full complement of enthusiastic academic and clinical staff. The diverse group of young, vibrant researchers in our department stands at the brink of international recognition for state-of-the art work in fluency disorders, motor programming, bilingualism, normal and disordered voice, phonological and language disorders, neurological disorders, and normal aging. An enthusiastic and experienced group of clinical staff supervises our first-year graduate students in clinical internships encompassing the widest variety of adult and pediatric disorders on both the Stillwater and the Tulsa campuses. Clinical externships around the country are enjoyed by our second-year graduate clinicians. Our graduates continue to boast a 100% initial attempt Praxis pass rate.
In association with our new research mission, the curriculum has been modified to prepare our students to engage in research at the undergraduate and the graduate levels. The 2013-2014 academic year saw the completion of the greatest number of senior honors theses and freshman research projects in our department’s history. In addition, we recently admitted a record number of graduate students from around the country, many of whom intend to pursue the master’s thesis option. In association with newly forged interdisciplinary collaborations, the department is mentoring our third summer scholar as part of the NSF REU, The Biological Bases of Behavior.
In addition, we have enjoyed a virtual explosion of outreach activity with the addition of several clinical and academic assistant professors and lecturers. Such outreach ensures that the enjoyment of our teaching and research endeavors is not limited to the students on the Stillwater and Tulsa campuses, but extends into the community. We offer a full complement of speech, language, and audiological services to the public through our Stillwater campus clinic. Audiological screening and a full complement of speech and language services are offered at our Tulsa campus clinic.
Thank you for visiting our site. I sincerely hope that you will consider joining us!
Cheryl L. Giddens, Ph.D.
Associate Professor and Department Head