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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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A former and current student 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 student is graduate student Rebecca Thompson who is featured on page 10.  Click here and read the information on these students and all the information related to NSSLHA.  


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

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.