Welcome From the Department Chair

It is my pleasure to welcome you to the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders at Samford University where we help students prepare for their calling to the fields of speech language pathology and audiology.  Professionals within these career tracks are service providers of one of the most important aspects of humanity; the ability to communicate.  We believe that persons are “called” to this profession, and almost everyone has a personal story and testimony to the power of communication.

image of Margaret Johnson, Chair of the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders at Samford

The department holds fast to a code of values and an overarching philosophy of faith in our words and actions, excellence in our student outcomes, integrity, life-long learning, teamwork and service, which is at the core of all that we do.  We feel strongly that if we maintain these standards, our students will provide an excellent level of care for all of those they touch. 

Within the College of Health Sciences, the department is working to create interprofessional relationships with nursing, pharmacy, physical therapy, nutrition and dietetics, cardiopulmonary sciences and social work to offer programming that is truly innovative and exciting.  We have developed community partnerships with existing hospitals, schools and clinics so that our students observe and work with varied professionals within the field of health care, but also see patients who are in need of speech, language or hearing services.  However, at the core of who we are at Samford, we believe in providing care to persons who may not be able to afford health care.  We are in the process of establishing service projects both in and out of the country so that our students may begin to understand the need that exists in the world at large.

Our department exists to provide both pre-professional and professional training in speech language pathology and audiology.  All of the curriculum is built around the standards of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association.  

It is an exciting time to be a communication professional.  I look forward to hearing from you, whether you are interested in one of our programs, are a potential employee or are just interested in what is happening on the campus.  Thank you for taking the time to familiarize yourself with our department.  If you have questions, please contact me at mjohns26@samford.edu.

Margaret L. Johnson, SLP.D., CCC-SLP
Professor and Chair
Department of Communication Sciences & Disorders