Mission, Vision, Goals, and Diversity Statement


Department's Mission

The mission of the OSU Department of Speech and Hearing Science is to serve and advocate for persons affected by communication disorders through advancing knowledge of normal and disordered communications and promoting excellence by educating leaders in Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology.

Department’s Vision

Strive to be universally recognized and respected for diversity, innovation and inspiration in our synthesis of science and practice.

Department’s Goals 

  • To conduct and disseminate scholarly research in normal and disordered communication;
  • To develop outstanding professionals (researchers and clinicians) in speech-language pathology, audiology, speech science and hearing science;
  • To exemplify the synthesis of science and clinical practice that promotes diversity and innovation;
  • To distinguish itself as a national/international leader in communication sciences and disorders;
  • To provide leadership in diversity (e.g., developing and educating young scholars from a variety of ethnic and cultural backgrounds); 
  • To provide and promote an inspiring and challenging learning environment for students (from undergraduates to doctoral students) which will include alumni support and involvement and outreach for the benefit of society;
  • To serve and advocate for persons affected by communication disorders by advancing knowledge of normal and disordered communication and by educating state and national leaders in audiology and speech-language pathology.

Department's Diversity Statement

The Ohio State University’s Department of Speech and Hearing Science affirms the importance and inherent value of diversity in the student body, faculty, staff, and clients served by our clinic. Our didactic curricula, clinical education, and research programs reflect our multicultural society and seek to provide opportunities for students to learn more about people who are different from them. We are committed to promoting a community that: recognizes and values the inherent worth and dignity of every person; fosters sensitivity, understanding, and mutual respect among each member of our departmental community and the patients and families whom we serve; and encourages each individual to strive to reach their own potential. Discrimination against any individual based upon protected status, which is defined as age, color, disability, gender identity or expression, national origin, race, religion, sex, gender, sexual orientation, or veteran status, is prohibited.