Friends, Colleagues, Students, and Alumni,
The Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders (CS&D) is going strong, with student clinicians being trained in both the MS SLP and AuD programs, pre-professional training at the undergraduate and post-baccalaureate level, and doctoral-level training in the classrooms and labs of our world-class research program. Our Capstone post-bac program, designed to prepare students with undergraduate degrees in areas other than our field, who want to obtain graduate-level clinical training in speech language pathology or audiology, continues to thrive. We are the embodiment of the Wisconsin Idea, bringing our clinical and research presence and know-how to the local and statewide community, and providing clear career pathways for professional service as speech-language pathologists and audiologists.
The special ambiance of scholarship that has characterized our department for the past five decades has not diminished, changed, or become stale; our outstanding doctoral program, faculty publications and grant-getting activities are evidence of continuing and evolving academic excellence. Almost all of our faculty have current research funding from NIH, and over the past five years members of our faculty have authored or coauthored over 200 peer-reviewed articles, several books, and many book chapters. This is remarkable productivity, the best evidence for the vibrant intellectual atmosphere of our department.
I would like to thank all those individuals—current faculty and staff, former faculty and staff, alumni, and friends—who have made donations to the department over the past year. Private sources of funding for academic departments have become increasingly important, and especially now that we are facing a budget challenge at UW-Madison. Like other departments at UW-Madison, we are asking our alumni and friends to consider donations to the department—small, modest, mind-blowing; everything helps. We use donations to help support replacement of clinical equipment, faculty/staff continuing education, upgrades to classroom technologies, student scholarships, and even purchase of day-to-day clinical supplies such as toys, iPad apps, and testing materials. If you are concerned about the budget outlook for UW-Madison, and for our department particularly, we encourage you to express that concern in a letter to the Chancellor, the Dean, and your state legislator. Our department is clearly strong and not missing a beat, but we want to ensure that that next 100 years are as good as the first 100 years.
Katie Hustad, Ph.D, CCC-SLP
Professor and Chair