• A woman conducting a hearing test on another woman.
  • Students and professor collaborating around a computer.
  • Students and instructor hooking a test dummy up to equipment.
  • A professor lectures a class with a visual aid.
  • Photo of a man hooked up to a computer with electronic leads.

The faculty and staff of Western Michigan University's Department of Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences are committed to educating the next generation of speech, language and hearing professionals through unique academic, research and clinical opportunities. Through this program, students enhance their knowledge and develop essential skills and competencies in evaluation, diagnosis, rehabilitation and prevention, as well as research, education and administration. Our graduates are maximally effective in providing clinical services to individuals of all ages with speech, language and hearing impairments.

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News and Announcements

2016 graduate program open house and visit days announced
The Department of Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences invites prospective graduate students to our campus in Kalamazoo for tours and orientation. There are two opportunities scheduled for the fall 2016 semester.

2016 Van Riper Lectures
The 2016 Van Riper Lecture will take place Friday, Sept. 30, at Fetzer Center. The topic is Communication: The Lived Experience, and we are very excited about our two speakers -- Michael Turner, documentary filmmaker and director of "The Way We Talk," and Gael Hannan, author of "How I Hear It." More information.

NSSLHA Fundraiser
On Thursday, Sept. 29, the National Student Speech Language Hearing Association (NSSLHA) WMU chapter will host a screening of Michael Turner's film,
The Way We Talk, at 6:45 p.m. at KVCC. A reception and discussion with the filmmaker will follow. The screening is a fundraiser for Camp Shout Out, a camp for youth who stutter that is hosted near Muskegon, Michigan each summer. More information.

SPPA Student Wins Best Honors Thesis Award
Autumn Kearney, an honors student majoring in speech pathology and audiology, won the WMU Best Honors Thesis Award for Spring 2016.  Autumn completed her thesis under the direction of Dr. Yvette Hyter.  Autumn's thesis was based on the project that she completed through the study abroad program in Senegal, which is co-led by Dr. Hyter.  Autumn is the second SPPA student to receive this award while working under the direction of Dr. Hyter.

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