About Us

The Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders was formed in 2013. In August 2014, the inaugural class for the Master’s of Speech Language Pathology was admitted to Jacksonville University. Since that time, the program has grown to a cohort of more than 35 students, enjoying success in education, clinical training and community service. We are proud of our student achievements and look forward to your discovery of our program from the information found on our website. Any program specific questions can be directed to Dr. Judith Wingate, department chair.

Email Dr. Kristen Izaryk, Department Chair

Email Wyndi Capeci, Program Director

Diversity, Inclusion and Equal Opportunity

Faculty instruction in the MS SLP program occurs in an atmosphere of fairness, equity, and justice, emphasizing creative learning, excellence in clinical evaluation and treatment, ethical and professional integrity, advocacy, and cultural competencies. We model and encourage our students to promote a welcoming and open environment where all can learn and engage. We are focused on fostering a sense of belonging and feelings of value in our department community and to those we serve in the field.  Our department is committed to providing academic knowledge and clinical skill instruction that supports evidence-based practice for all people serviced in the field of speech-language pathology. Our obligation when training students for independent practice in the field of speech-language pathology includes providing them with the knowledge to be culturally competent and ability to reduce healthcare disparities for their clients. 

We are committed to diversifying the field of speech-language pathology as we are acutely aware of the under representation of minorities in the field.  This commitment includes department initiatives to recruit and retain students who identify as diverse.  Diversity may include but are not limited to ethnicity, age, gender, race, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, physical abilities, mental abilities, and values. We recognize that the presence of diversity does not equal equity and inclusion.  Our obligation to as a department is to routinely assess what it means to be culturally competent and to consistently examine barriers and biases that may limit students from being successful in the program.

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Support Our Mission

The growth of our college relies on giving. We are fortunate to have the continued support of our community and Jacksonville University donors. Please consider supporting the Brooks Rehabilitation College of Healthcare Sciences as we strive for excellence in teaching, research and service. Please contact Associate Vice President of Development, Ms. Leslie Redd for more information.

Email Leslie Redd, Associate VP of Development