Long-Term Strategic Plan

Vision

The NYU Department of Communicative Sciences and Disorders envisions our role as a leading department in research and teaching within the university and across the field and related disciplines. Our location in New York City provides a wealth of opportunities to educate our students and to treat individuals with communication and swallowing disorders in our on-campus clinic and diverse externship placements. We have established valuable relationships across the university that have resulted in exciting interdisciplinary teaching and collaborative research. Our goal is to have a substantial presence in the field, nationally and globally. 

Mission

Our mission is to provide a solid foundation in communication sciences and disorders at undergraduate and graduate levels of education, leading to lifelong learning in the profession. This foundation incorporates the pursuit of academic knowledge through research, dissemination of knowledge through teaching, and application of knowledge through clinical service. The basic and clinical research efforts of our faculty and students constitute a cornerstone of pedagogy and clinical practice. We prepare our students to become active contributors to the diverse local and global communities in which they serve, facilitating growth and progress in the profession.

Program Description

NYU Communicative Sciences and Disorders offers rigorous training for students seeking the highest level of education in speech-language pathology, with faculty who are leaders within the U.S. and in the world in their fields of research.

Our department features, residentially and online, a strong master’s program for training speech-language pathologists (SLPs), both academically and clinically. In addition to our master’s program, we offer undergraduate education in communicative sciences and disorders, as well as a robust doctoral program, which trains future researchers in communicative sciences and disorders.

Our space houses a speech-language and hearing clinic, with state of the art technology to allow our students to provide affordable evaluation and treatment to children and adults with communication disorders. Pediatric and adult externship placements at a wide range of sites throughout New York City and beyond further our students’ opportunities to treat individuals with communication and swallowing disorders across the lifespan.

NYU CSD faculty are leaders in the field, engaged in cutting edge research in communicative sciences and disorders, as well as related disciplines. The number of publications per faculty member, along with the number of federally funded grants, has sharply increased over the past five years. Our faculty members have prominent roles as journal editors and reviewers of manuscripts, grants and conference submissions. CSD faculty members present their scholarly work at national and international conferences, workshops and seminars.

Program Goals

Our primary goal is to become a top-ranked graduate program in CSD by:

  • Continuing to increase the research productivity of the CSD faculty;
  • Increasing external grant funding to support the mission and growth of the department;
  • Continuing to recruit strong graduate students;
  • Continuing to develop interdisciplinary collaborations and to launch new didactic initiatives;
  • Further developing our relationships with Rusk Rehab and the NYU Langone Medical Center;
  • Expanding our externship program across the U.S., for both our residential and online programs;
  • Continuing to enhance the clinical use of technology;
  • Securing endowment from donors who can support our clinical operation including new technological developments, community service experiences, expanded clinical research and additional clinical and research space;
  • Continuing to strengthen our alumni relationships.
Strategic Plan
  1. Resources. Continuously monitor and update the following:
    1. Faculty staffing plan, including hiring goals for research and clinical lines, changes in adjunct hiring with plans for increased diversity; 
    2. Administrative staffing plan, which supports program changes; 
    3. Space and facilities plan, including analysis of space and research needs.
  2. Research. Analyze the department’s strengths, areas for improvement, opportunities, and challenges as a research environment. Develop a five-year timeline with respect to research projects; opportunities for research collaborations with other programs, departments or schools; evaluate staffing needs to support research.
  3. Academics and Curriculum. Develop and launch new initiatives, including a distance education program, new service courses, summer programs/institutes, accelerated learning and study abroad opportunities. Assess current programs for pedagogical and clinical effectiveness, for continuation or elimination.
  4. Service, teaching and/or research partnerships. Develop a five-year plan for major new collaborations initiatives with other departments, schools or universities, including global connections.