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Robinson HallThe 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, 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 Speech. 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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Looking At Literacy

Louisiana Tech Graduate clinicians from the Louisiana Tech Speech and Hearing Center received recognition in the LSHA Lagniappe magazine that was recently released. They were recognized for their dedicated word with third grade students at the local elementary schools to enhance literacy skills. Congratulations to these students and clinical educators for their time and commitment to enhance these third grade students lives!!!

Student Research Symposium

Three students from the School of Communication presented in the 15th annual Student Research Symposium that was held February 13, 2015.  Congratulations for being selected and honoring our department!!!

Keeley Layfield
Kaylee Laitinen, Audiology, Doctoral Student

Cassia Carmichael
Cassia Carmichael, Speech-Language Pathology, Graduate Student 

Dianne Walding
Dianne Walding, Speech-Language Pathology, Graduate Student

Dr. Melinda Bryan: Making speech and hearing a family matter

Debate Team Holds Their Own at Elite Competition

Members of Louisiana Tech University Debate Team continue their 2014-2015 debate season with a remarkable showing at the North American Universities Debate Championship held October 24-26 at Hobart and William Smith Colleges in Geneva, NY.

The Tech Debate Team held strong with the most elite schools around North America including Harvard, Yale, Princeton, Stanford, Brown, and the University of Toronto. While Tech did not advance to the final debate round this year, we were in the top tier of the schools that competed. Loyola Marymount University won the tournament while a competitor from the University of Toronto won the honor of best speaker.

Shane Puckett, the director of debate, said, “I am very delighted and proud of our team. The unique skill set that our students possess allows them to perform extremely well within national and international debate circuits. Whenever we compete against these elite liberal arts colleges, our students have the unique ability to critically analyze arguments from a wide range of perspectives. This gives Louisiana Tech an additional edge in competition.”

Some of the topics debated were whether the United States should hold prisoners of war after cessation of a conflict, abolishing spousal privilege in the courts, and whether or not to consider academics’ public statements, blog posts, when hiring them or promoting them to tenure positions.

“Debate has always been a huge part of my life, and it has always given me the tools necessary to learn at levels deeper than what a classroom can provide,” says Hannah Bozeman, a freshman Communication Studies major. She continued saying, “I am also grateful for the opportunities I’ve been given to compete with a variety of people that I otherwise would not have encountered.”

Sam Hathorn, a senior Education major, comments about the recent debate saying, “It was some of the most intense competition we’ve faced this year. Going against Harvard, Princeton, and Yale is no easy task. It was a great learning experience.”

The North American Universities Debate Championship is a debate championship for Canada, the United States, and Mexico; however, it is not limited to just these three countries. Beijing University petitioned to be included in the tournament and was allowed to compete. Over 100 top-ranked debate teams came from 35 colleges and universities to compete in this year’s tournament.

If you would like any further information concerning the Louisiana Tech Debate Team, please contact Shane Puckett, Director of Debate, at spuckett@latech.edu.

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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