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The School of Communication, through the College of Liberal Arts, offers undergraduate degrees in Communication Studies and Pre-Professional Speech-Language Pathology, an M.A. in Speech-Language Pathology and the Doctor of Audiology (Au.D.).

The department also serves the community through its Speech and Hearing Center and it administers Louisiana Tech University's award-winning debate program.

The School of Communication, housed in Robinson Hall, Davison, and Keeny has the largest and most competitive graduate enrollment of any masters program in the College of Liberal Arts and has the only doctoral program in the College of Liberal Arts, the Doctor of Audiology. The Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology programs are major academic components of the Department of Communication Disorders. The master's program in Speech-Language Pathology and the doctoral program in Audiology are accredited by the Council on Academic Accreditation of the American Speech Language and Hearing Association.

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School of Communication Strategic Plan 2012-2017

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Debate Team Success in Texas, Mississippi, and Louisiana

Louisiana Tech Debate Team: Takes First Place in Junior Varsity Division at East Texas Baptist University, Second Place in Professional Division at Northwestern State University, and Semi-Finalist in the Varsity Division at Mississippi College

The Louisiana Tech Debate Team had a busy end to the Fall Quarter and beginning of the Winter Quarter traveling to three tournaments in the region. Nick Smith, senior political science major, took first place in the junior varsity division with a perfect 7-0 record in preliminary rounds. Smith is currently ranked in the top 10 in the junior varsity division. 

At Northwestern State University, Charlie McBride, sophomore computer science major, was a quarterfinalist; and Megan Smith, debate coach, took second place in the professional division in preliminary rounds and was a quarterfinalist.

Timothy Winiarski, freshman cyber engineering major, was a quarterfinalist at Mississippi College. Maura Yeagle, sophomore communication major, was a semi-finalist at the Mississippi College debate tournament. Nate Foster, sophomore accounting major, and Yeagle also took third place speaker awards.

The team will travel to Lee College in Baytown, Texas, and Southern Forensics Championship in January. If you would like more information on the team contact Megan Smith, Debate Coach at megan@latech.edu.  

Debate Team @ Mississippi College

Picture (Mississippi College): left to right- starting with the front row- Timothy Winiarski, Jake Bryant, Cody Kitchens, Nate Foster, Maura Yeagle, Charlie McBride, and Leah Hanna.

Louisiana State University-Shreveport, Debate Tournament Results

Louisiana Tech Debate Team: Takes First Place in “Tech’R’Treat” and Strong Showing at LSUS Debate Tournament.


The Louisiana Tech Debate Team took first place in the “Tech’R’Treat” trunk decorations and costumes. Their theme was the Walking Dead-baters, a take on the popular television show The Walking Dead. Maura Yeagle, sophomore communication major, said the event “allowed us to work as a team in a non-debate setting where we had fun and an opportunity to raise funds to go to the national tournament. We also enjoyed interacting with the kids in our Ruston community.” The team is raising funds to travel to the 2018 National International Public Debate Association Debate Competition in Spokane, Washington.

October 27-29 the team traveled to the Red River Classic Tournament at Louisiana State University in Shreveport to compete. Seth McReynolds, junior mechanical engineering major, was a quarter-finalist; Leah Hanna, sophomore political science major, was a quarter finalist; Nick Smith, senior political science major, was an octo-finalist and fourth place speaker.

The team will travel to East Texas Baptist University November 10-11 for their third tournament this season. If you would like more information on the team contact Megan Smith, Debate Coach at megan@latech.edu

LSUS Tournament

Picture 1 (Tech’R’Treat): left to right- starting with the front row- Maura Yeagle, Bailey Anderson, Nick Smith, Rachel Madore, Rachel Maxwell, Leah Hanna. Back row- Timothy Winiarski, Nate Foster, and Jake Bryant

Picture 2 (LSUS tournament):  left to right- starting with the back row- Rachel Madore, Marua Yeagle, and Leah Smith. Back row- Nick Smith, Charlie McBride, and Seth McReynolds

International Conference on Communication and Media Studies

Don Govang will be presenting research at the International Conference on Communication and Media Studies in Vancouver, British Columbia, on November 15.  His presentation will be one of two papers presented in a session titled, “Post-truth Media.”  The paper combines the concepts of advertising’s puffery with Twitter’s trolling, to examine the concept of “alternative truth.” It examines the question, “Is there a new standard for judging verisimilitude?”

Louisiana Tech Debate Team: Varsity Champion and Second Place in Percentage Wins at UAM Tournament

The Louisiana Tech Debate Team returned home from their season opening tournament taking first place in the varsity division and second place in overall percentage wins. Nate Foster, a junior accounting major, was the varsity division champion after winning four elimination rounds and only losing two ballots throughout the weekend’s tournament.

Maura Yeagle, sophomore communication major, and Charlie McBride, sophomore computer science major, had stellar performances breaking into the elimination round. Rachel Maxwell, a senior communication major, was fourth place speaker. No one on the team had a losing record for the entire tournament and team captain Nick Smith, senior political science major, said the team’s performance highlights their dedication and talent. “We worked throughout the spring quarter and all summer to improve and make La Tech proud,” Smith said. “It was a great start to the debate season and I can’t wait to see all of the success the team will have the rest of the season.”

Press Release

Jacob Sommers and Michael Arnold, both 2nd-year Audiology students, attended the 2017 American Academy of Audiology (AAA) Conference in Indianapolis this year.  They had the opportunity to interact and network with other Student Academy of Audiology (SAA) members as well as AAA members and potential employers.  Jacob, who is a graduate of the 2016 Future Leaders of Audiology Student Conference (FLASC), was selected to attend the first ever Student Leaders of Audiology Conference (SLAC) in Indianapolis this year.  Both students represented Louisiana Tech Audiology in a great way and are already planning to attend next year’s conference which will be in Nashville.

Students Present Research Projects at the 2016 LAA Professional Conference

Hayden Holtzclaw, Melissa De La O, Brooke Carsey, and Rachel McGee represented the Au.D. program of Louisiana Tech University in outstanding fashion at the 2016 Louisiana Academy of Audiology Professional Conference. Each student presented their research projects to a full audience of audiologists and fellow students. The presentations were the highlight of the student research forum where Au.D. students were invited to present their research ideas and findings. Each student was given ten minutes to share their research ideas to the audience, and at the conclusion answer questions. Their presentations stimulated much discussion and highlighted the ongoing student research that our department supports.


2016 Louisiana Academy of Audiology Student Scholarship Recipient

We would like to congratulate Hayden Holtzclaw for his recognition and awarding of the 2016 Louisiana Academy of Audiology Student Scholarship. The $500.00 scholarship is awarded to one outstanding full-time graduate student enrolled at Louisiana Tech University and Louisiana State University Health and Sciences Center. The scholarship application process is selective and based on academic and clinical achievement.  

Press Release

The Louisiana Tech University Speech and Hearing Center (LTSHC) announces the addition of a satellite space for use in additional assessment and treatment of speech-language and hearing interventions. The space is housed in the Robert H. Rawle Enterprise Center, 509 W. Alabama Ave. Ruston, LA 71270. The LTSHC offers speech and hearing assessments, therapeutic intervention, hearing aid dispensing, and tinnitus management.
The LTSHC has also begun two new assessment programs on the Tech campus in our Robinson Hall clinic. The Department of Communication Disorders now offers vestibular testing/rehabilitation and augmentative communication evaluations. These two components add to the wide array of speech and hearing assessment and therapy already offered at both sites.
For further information regarding the LTSHC, please contact either clinic site. The Robinson Hall clinic can be reached at 318-257-4766 and the Rawle Enterprise Center clinic at 318-257-2438.

The Spirit Reins Equine Center and Hippotherapy

The Louisiana Tech University Speech-Language Pathology graduate students and faculty visited Spirit Reins Equine Center in Harrisonburg, Louisiana.  Anna Costanza Borne, M.A., CCC-SLP,   Louisiana Tech graduate and one of the founders of the non-profit organization, is a Speech-Language Pathologist who conducts speech and language therapy with clients incorporating equine movement otherwise known as hippotherapy.  "Hippo" is the ancient Greek word for horse. Anna is trained to use hippotherapy as a treatment strategy to address her clients’ speech and language deficits.  The beautiful farm is owned by her parents who care for the horses and property.  Two 12-week sessions are held twice a year for approximately 20 clients with multiple disorders such as Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), Cerebral Palsy, Down syndrome, Apraxia, developmental delays, and Joubert's syndrome. Anna explained the impact equine movement has while treating clients' speech and language disorders. Clients are motivated using multiple sensory inputs during therapy.   During therapy sessions, a trained handler for each horse is present leading the horse while Anna focuses on the needs of the client.  Her therapy setting includes an arena with a variety of therapy materials and sensory reinforcements as well as a trail ride with intermittent mailboxes housing additional therapy stimuli.  Anna's passion for her clients and the progress she has witnessed in this setting was inspiring.  


Brenda L. Heiman, Ph.D., Director

306 Robinson Hall
P.O. Box 3165
Ruston, LA 71272
Phone: (318) 257-4764
Fax: (318) 257-4492

The School of Communication Strategic Plan can be obtained by submitting a written request to Dr. Brenda Heiman at P.O. Box 3165, Ruston, LA 71272.

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