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The Department of Speech-Language-Hearing Sciences offers internationally recognized programs in speech-language-hearing sciences, audiology, and speech-language pathology that provide outstanding opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students to pursue academic and clinical careers.


Position Available - Assistant Professor

The Department of Speech-Language-Hearing Sciences in the College of Liberal Arts at the University of Minnesota invites applications for a full-time, tenure-track position, beginning fall semester 2015 (08/31/2015). Refer to the full posting for more information.

A Farewell to Dr. Jennifer Windsor

Jennifer WindsorThe Department of Speech-Language-Hearing Sciences sends a bittersweet, fond farewell this fall to Dr. Jennifer Windsor. Dr. Windsor will leave her current position as Associate Dean for Undergraduate Programs and Professor of Speech-Language-Hearing Sciences to serve as Pro-Vice Chancellor and Dean of Humanities and Social Sciences and Pro Vice-Chancellor of Education at Victoria University of Wellington in New Zealand, beginning in January.

Since joining the department as assistant professor in 1990, Jennifer’s gifts to the University and to her field have been numerous. In 2001, she received the prestigious Editor's award for her work in understanding language impairment in children, and became one of the youngest faculty members to achieve full professor in Speech-Language-Hearing Sciences. Dr. Windsor served as Chair of the SLHS department from 2002-2008, additionally serving as Chair of the Council of Chairs for two terms during that time. In 2008, Dr. Windsor began her current position of Associate Dean for Undergraduate Programs, where she has worked to create and implement a shared vision for undergraduate education within the College of Liberal Arts.

Dr. Windsor’s scholarly contributions to the field of Speech-Language-Hearing Sciences center on child language development, cognitive processing, and children with language-learning disabilities. For her work, she was named a Scholar of the College of Liberal Arts in 2007. She has served an Associate Editor for the flagship journals of the American Speech-Language Hearing Association (ASHA)- the Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research and the American Journal of Speech-Language Pathology. She has also played key roles on a number of National Institutes of Health (NIH) Panels: the NIH-Language and Communication Study Section (formerly NIH-Biobehavioral and Behavioral Processes 3 Study Section)/Special Emphasis Panels; and the NIH-RO3 Voice, Speech, and Language Study Section. In 2009, she was honored as the Erasmus Mundus Scholar from the University of Potsdam, Germany.

In 24 years of service to the University, Jennifer has shown tenacious support for the liberal arts and its students. She has demonstrated great success in her academic and scholastic achievements. She is a conscientious, supportive, and enthusiastic colleague and friend. She will be greatly missed, and we wish her the very best as she moves on to her next chapter.


In all programs, we strive to serve scholars within the University and broader community with interwoven coursework and clinical and research experiences. These enable students to better understand the complexities of human communication across the life span, and to be sensitive to the personal, social, academic, and vocational consequences of difficulties in communication.

Strategic Plan

The Department of Speech-Language-Hearing Sciences is pleased to announce that it has been granted an eight-year accreditation cycle from the Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology. This accreditation cycle runs from April 1, 2012 through March 31, 2020. 

The Master's Degree program in Speech-Language Pathology and the Professional Doctorate program in Audiology (Au.D.) are accredited by the Council on Academic Accreditation of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, 2200 Research Blvd, Rockville, MD 20850, Telephone: 800-638-8255


Applying for Graduate School?

Our graduate programs offer students the opportunity to pursue a wide variety of academic, clinical and research interests. Learn More

Praxis, Program Completion, and Employment Rates (PDF)

Funding Opportunities for Prospective PhD Students in Speech-Language-Hearing Sciences

Bilingual and Multicultural Emphasis Program in Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology

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