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The Speech Department

The Department of Speech, through the College of Liberal Arts, offers undergraduate degrees in Speech Communication and Pre-Professional Speech-Language Pathology, an M.A. in Speech-Language Pathology and the Doctor of Audiology (Au.D.).
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The department also serves the community through its Speech and Hearing Center and it administers Louisiana Tech University's award winning debate program.
The Department of Speech, 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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Individuals with Disabilities

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Department of Speech Strategic Plan 2012-2017

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Debate Honors from Helsinki

The Louisiana Tech University Debate team flexed their intellectual might as they received honors at the Helsinki Open Debate Tournament on May 16-18, 2014 in Helsinki, Finland. 
While highlighting Nordic and Scandinavian culture, the Helsinki Open is a European Debate Championship which celebrates debate from around the world. This year’s Helsinki Open featured talents from Singapore, Israel, United States, and throughout Europe. 
“I could not be happier with Tech’s debate squad,” states Shane Puckett, LA Tech debate coach. He further explains, “It’s quite challenging for our debaters to look outside our American perspectives as they advocate issues in front of judges from around the world. Beyond being culturally aware, they must find the best arguments in the process.” 
Not only was Louisiana Tech’s Debate Team the top American team in the tournament, Hannah Schilling, a Political Science and Journalism senior from Bossier City, and her partner Sam Hathorn, an Education junior for Alexandria, were semifinalist. 
They also received top individual awards at the tournament. Sam Hathorn was championed at the 8th best speaker, while Hannah Schilling was honored as the 4th best speaker in this European Championship. 
“Just coming here was an amazing experience, but achieving the things we did in Helsinki was truly incredible,” Schilling said. “It’s exciting to end the season knowing that others recognize who LA Tech is and that we are known internationally for our talent.”
Sam Hathorn added, “This couldn’t have happened without the team we have behind us. Their help in practice rounds and research was essential to our success.” 
If you are interested in the team or would like to make a donation, please contact Shane Puckett at spuckett@LATECH.EDU or call 318-257-3708.


Lagniappe Ladies, 2013-14 Grant

Speech and Hearing Center – Kerri Phillips, Christina Madix and Daphne Washington
Description of project:  New lab and diagnostic equipment for the Louisiana Tech Speech and Hearing Center.
Grant Award:  $5,000.00


Student Technology Fee Grant Award

The Louisiana Tech Speech and Hearing Center was awarded a Student Technology Fee Grant for the purchase of a new audiology sound suite. The suite will be used as the main testing site for the audiology clinic. The sound suite will be placed in the Enterprise Center and clinical audiology services will be moved from Woodard Hall to the Enterprise Center in the Fall of 2014.

Matthew D. Bryan, Au.D. CCC-A
Associate Professor
Department of Speech


Speech and Education Departments Working Together  

Principal Investigator:         Kimberly Kimbell-Lopez, Ed. D.
Co-Principal Investigators: Elizabeth Manning, Ed. D., Carrice Cummins, Ph.D., Lori P. King, M.A., CCC-SLP

Glen View Elementary:  Building Sustainability: Powerful Instruction through Interactive Read Alouds, Literacy Stations, and Workshop Model  (Year Two-Continuation)

The Building Sustainability of Powerful Instruction project will involve 34 regular and special education teachers in grades K-2 at Glenview Elementary School. The project will be conducted via two perspectives: a) follow-up work designed to build sustainability of 2013-2014 LaSIP Grant Professional Development, and b) a studio model of job-embedded professional development that continues the work of sustainability while also deepening content. These two perspectives working together provide opportunities to continue the professional development from the previous year with on-site visits, walk-throughs, and individual teacher conferences as they fine-tune and internalize the Powerful Instruction Model, while also extending their pedagogical knowledge in areas of interactive read alouds, literacy stations, and workshop model. 

Cypress Springs Elementary:  Powerful Instruction through Interactive Read Alouds and Workshop

The Powerful Instruction Projectwill offer professional development that builds a knowledge base of what is needed for powerful instruction in the literacy classroom.  Thirty-four grades 3-5 ELA, content, and special education teachers at Cypress Springs Elementary in Lincoln Parish will: a) expand their understanding of the major tenets of powerful instruction (i.e., Interactive Read Alouds and Writing Workshop); b) investigate the elements that are represented in each tenet (i.e., including accountable, purposeful talk; an environment conducive to conversation/dialogue; and intentional planning); (c) synthesize these elements within the tenets; and (d) incorporate this knowledge into powerful classroom instruction. 


A former and three current students were featured in the March issue of the NSSLHA magazine. The former student is Jessica White,  Au.D., CCC-A who is employed at the Arkansas Children's Hospital and her article begins on page 2.  The current students are graduate student Nia Potier, guest editor for the newsletter, Tara Harmon-McElheney, writer of the article on page 6, and Rebecca Thompson who is featured on page 10.  Click here and read the information on these students and all the information related to NSSLHA.  


LA Tech’s Persuasive Power at Purdue

The Louisiana Tech University Debate Team won the tournament championship at the Crossroads of the World Debate Tournament held March 15-16 at Purdue University in West Lafayette, IN.
The Tech Debate Team demonstrated their mastery of logic and their rhetorical strengths throughout the tournament by beating schools such as University of Michigan, Marquette University and Purdue University, just to name a few.
Shane Puckett, the director of debate, said, “I’m very proud of the work and spirit of these debaters. Their enthusiasm for the activity, thirst for knowledge, and camaraderie on the squad is what makes this team a success.”
Having placed 2nd in last year’s tournament, many on the team felt vindicated with this year’s win. Hannah Schilling, a Senior Political Science and Journalism major from Bossier City, and her partner Sam Hathorn, a Junior Education major from Alexandria, brought home the championship with stellar performances throughout the tournament. Another LA Tech team was a finalist at this year’s tournament, Ben Markway, a Senior Accounting major from Deville, and his partner John Keeter, a Junior Finance major from Southlake ,TX.
Hannah Schilling explains, “From round one to finals, we stayed confident because of everything we have learned from each other. We couldn’t have brought home this incredible title without the work we put in this year. I’m so proud of everyone for what we’ve accomplished.”
Beyond bring home the championship, other members of the team brought home top awards. Ben Markway was awarded the top speaker of the tournament, with his partner, John Keeter, receiving a 4th place speaker award.
“Our debate team continues to grow stronger each year.” Markway went further to say, “I’m so proud of the team effort that LA Tech displayed at the Purdue Tournament.”
The tournament was held in an international style of debate called “Worlds.” LA Tech’s debate team has only been competing in this style and this circuit for three years. In this style, a two person team receives a topic and position 15 minutes before the debate starts. The topics at this tournament ranged from the concepts of personal autonomy to the European recession.
The team’s next tournament of the season is the United States University’s Debate Championship (USU) being held on April 11-13. While the name of this tournament implies that only US universities will be competing, over 200 teams from universities all over the world will be in attendance. This is typically the largest tournament in the Western Hemisphere.
If you would like any further information concerning the Louisiana Tech Debate Team, please contact Shane Puckett, Director of Debate, at spuckett@latech.edu.



National Recognition of the Louisiana Tech University Student Academy of Audiology

The Louisiana Tech University Student Academy of Audiology (SAA) obtained national recognition through National SAA.  They have been actively involved in networking with professionals and students at the local and national levels.  Click here to read the entire story.


Young Alumnus of the Year Recipient for 2013

Brent Tippen, a 2004 speech Communication graduate from West Monroe who lives in the San  Francisco area, is a Public and Government Affairs Representative and Special Projects Manager for the Chevron Corporation.  He serves as a company spokesman on global issues ranging form climate change, labor negotiations, energy policy and fuel prices, to refining/manufacturing public and government affairs in any crisis surrounding its global operations in over 100 countries around the world,

In addition to serving on the front lines of the company, Tippen also provides strategic media relations and external communications counsel to C=level executives and global operating companies particularly around crisis issues including oil spills, facility fires, protests, and other operating issues.


Louisiana Tech Debate Makes State History

For the first time in Louisiana state history, a team has been accepted to the Worlds Universities Debate Championship. Louisiana Tech University will be sending a debate team to the largest and most prestigious debate tournament in the world. Sam Hathorn, a sophomore education major from Alexandria, and Ben Markway, a senior accounting major from Deville, will compete in late December in Chennai, India.

Ben Markway said “I’m extremely excited and honored to be given this opportunity to represent Louisiana Tech University at the Worlds Universities Debating Championship in India. This is a chance of a lifetime, and I can’t wait to compete.”

The Worlds Universities Debate Championship (WUDC) accepts only the top debaters from the top debate programs, which is a held in a new country every year. The admissions process starts7 months prior to the actual competition. Thousands of debate programs from around the world submit applications, but only 300 teams are chosen. This year’s competition will be held in Chennai, India.

Sam Hathorn explains “The thrill of competitive debate at the world championship level makes for a promise of an amazing experience. Without the education that I’ve learned at Tech, this level of competition wouldn’t have been possible.”

Tech’s debate team has been on a hot streak this past year. The team started last season at the United States Air Force Academy beating teams such as Duke, Cornell and Michigan; and ending the season taking second place at Purdue. As the team has been expanding within the National and International circuits, there are no signs of their momentum slowing.

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., Interim Head
306 Robinson Hall
P.O. Box 3165
Ruston, LA  71272
Phone:  (318) 257-4764
Fax:  (318) 257-4492
The Department of Speech Strategic Plan can be obtained by submitting a written request to Dr. Brenda Heiman at P.O. Box 3165, Ruston, LA  71272.
Individuals are treated in a nondiscriminatory manner-that is, without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national or ethnic origin, disability, age, sexual orientation, genetic information, citizenship, or status as a covered veteran.  The institution and program comply with all applicable laws, regulations, and executive orders pertaining thereto.