• 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 Pathology and Audiology 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.

News and announcements

Time to register for the 33rd Van Riper Lecture Series


The 33rd Van Riper lecture series will include two sessions this coming fall 2015:

  • Part I—Tinnitus: Assessment and Management on Friday, Sept. 18.
  • Part II—Evolution of the Evidence Base in Dysphagia: Where we started, where we are now and where we are headed on Friday, Oct. 16.

Learn more and register.

Department of Speech Pathology and Audiology graduate program visitation dates

These visitation dates are open to prospective SPPA graduate students. Printable flier and RSVP information.

  • Friday, Oct. 2—1 to 3 p.m. 
  • Friday, Dec. 4—1 to 3 p.m.

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