Setting a Course for Our Future

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Mission Statement and Strategic Plan for 2009 - 2014



The Department of Speech-Language Pathology in the John G. Rangos, Sr. School of Health Sciences at Duquesne University educates students who meet or exceed all academic, professional and ethical standards as required for their academic degrees and for entry into the profession of speech-language pathology.  Carefully integrated academic and clinical experiences enable students to learn current theories, principles, cutting edge technologies and practices in order to prepare for success as speech-language pathologists. A wide variety of academic, clinical and service experiences, within a culturally diverse society, equip students to work with versatility in different employment settings.  With an emphasis on academic and clinical education, commitment to personal excellence, and continued scholarly and professional development graduates of the Duquesne University Department of Speech-Language Pathology are highly qualified to meet workplace challenges of today and tomorrow. 


The Department seeks to create an educational and work environment which inspires discovery through the dynamic interaction of teaching and learning, values cultural differences and the needs of each individual, models ethical leadership and practice, and supports the objectives of faculty and staff.

The faculty seek to mentor students to achieve independence and personal accountability, aspire to excellence through a strong work ethic, and integrate knowledge and skills of the profession to advance the well-being of individuals with communication disorders.

We value scholarship and clinical application, the stimulation of innovation and new ideas, and the nurturing of intellectual, social, and economic development and cultural appreciation in a global community.

We aspire to be leaders in the delivery of education in communication disorders, through excellence in teaching, scholarship, and clinical service.



   1. Students will demonstrate 21st century skills (e.g., interpersonal /group competence, technological abilities, ethical practices, and critical thinking skills) in all professional situations.

   2. The department will increase its focus on scholarship.

   3. The department will consider sustainability in all endeavors.

   4. The department will expand its outreach to local and global underserved communities.

   5. The department will insure that resources are consistently available to meet the departmental mission and vision.