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HSLS Faculty and Staff Receive Service Awards October 2, 2013

Please join us in congratulating...

Karen Garrido-Nag - 5 Years of Service                               Karen Farmer - 10 Years of Service                            

 Karen Garrido-Nag receives her 5 year service award from HSLS Chair, Matt Bakke      Karen Farmer Receives 10 Year Service Award from HSLS Chair, Matt Bakke.

Michelle Malta - 15 Years of Service                                   Lisa Devlin - 30 Years of Service

Michelle Malta Receives 15 Year Service Award from HSLS Chair, Matt Bakke   Lisa Devlin Receives 30 Year Service Award from HSLS Chair, Matt Bakke


Passing of R. Steven Ackley - Faculty Member

R. Steven Ackley


 We have now established the R. Steven Ackley Memorial Scholarship Fund which will provide scholarships to students in the HSLS department who best exemplify Steve's legacy.  Please follow the link below for more information and to donate to the fund.

R. Steven Ackley Memorial Scholarship Fund

The Department of Hearing, Speech, and Language Sciences deeply regrets having to announce the passing of Dr. R. Steven Ackley, an adored and much beloved grandfather, father and professor, who died unexpectedly on June 2 while sleeping at his home in Fort Collins, Colo. He was 67.

Steve, as he was known, mentored numerous students over the years and dazzled them in the classroom with his humor, down-to-earth charm, love of learning and scientific research and guidance to question what they thought they knew. Since 2000, he had been a professor at Gallaudet University in Washington, D.C. He previously served as chairman of the university's Department of Hearing, Speech and Language Sciences and most recently was director of the department's Ph.D. program. He taught many graduate-level audiology courses with a focus on pediatric, medical and geriatric audiology, balance testing and anatomy and physiology. He also served as a confident, mentor and personal comedian to his students, who routinely called him their favorite professor, showered him with copious thank-you notes and expressed their love for him and his compassionate nature. Before joining Gallaudet, he served as chairman of the Audiology and Speech-Language Sciences Department at the University of Northern Colorado in Greeley and had previously been a professor at Colorado State University in Fort Collins.

He is survived and desperately missed by his daughter, Kate Ackley Zeller, her husband Shawn and grandchildren Madelyn and Luke of Washington, D.C.; his son, United States Air Force Capt. Jonathan Ackley and his wife, Brittany Edwards, who currently reside in South Korea; his former wife, Mary K. Ackley of Denver; two brothers, James Ackley of TK, Utah and Alan Ackley of Des Moines, Iowa; as well as cousins, nephews, in-laws and many adoring former students and colleagues. He was preceded in death by his parents, Karen N. and Wayne Ackley of Des Moines, Iowa.

Memorial services are planned for 2 p.m. Sunday, June 9 at Goes Funeral Care in Fort Collins, Colo., and at 3 p.m. Saturday, June 15 at Chapel Hall on the Gallaudet campus in Washington, D.C.



HSLS Department Strategic Plan

Gallaudet’s 2011 SLP Graduates Complete their Clinical Fellowship Year!

The Hearing, Speech, and Language Sciences Department is proud to announce that ALL 2011 speech-language pathology graduates have successfully completed their Clinical Fellowship Year (CFY) and passed their Praxis in Speech-Language Pathology examination, entitling them to their “Cs,” the Certificate of Clinical Competence (CCC-SLP). Certification by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association enables speech-language pathologists to practice as independent clinicians. Certification is also necessary in many states for licensure as a speech-language pathologist.

The 12 students completed their CFYs in a variety of settings:

5 Hospitals:  Mount Vernon Hospital in Alexandria, Virginia; the Veteran’s Administration Hospital in DC; Doctor’s Community Hospital in Greenbelt, Maryland; Abington Memorial Hospital in Philadelphia; and Cass County Memorial Hospital in Atlantic, Iowa

4 Schools: Virginia School for the Deaf and Blind in Staunton; The Learning Center for the Deaf in Framingham, Massachusetts; The River School in DC; and Montgomery County Schools in Maryland

3 Rehabilitation Centers/Contractors: ManorCare Rehabilitation Facility in Indianapolis, Indiana; RehabCare Group in Knoxville, Tennessee; and Chesapeake Center in Springfield, Virginia

They will now write their professional signatures with M.S., CCC-SLP.


About the Department

The Hearing, Speech, and Language Sciences Department at Gallaudet University is accredited by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. The Department  serves many functions and responsibilities within the University by:

  • Providing graduate training in Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology, and Hearing, Speech, and Language Sciences;
  • Offering a range of clinical services to the Gallaudet and metropolitan DC communities;
  • Offering undergraduate courses relating to speech, hearing and consumerism, and graduate courses in audiology and amplification to other departments on campus;
  • Supporting research aimed at a broad range of areas affecting deaf and hard of hearing individuals.

The Department offers the following degrees: a M.S. in Speech-Language Pathology, a non-clinical M.S. in Hearing, Speech, and Language Sciences, an Au.D. in Audiology, Ph.D. in Hearing, Speech, and Language Sciences.

The Department's M.S. program in speech-language pathology provides a broad background in speech-langauage-hearing development, differences, and discorders with an emphasis on the communication needs of deaf and hard of hearing individuals. The non-clinical M.S. in HSLS is an individually-designed degree with masters level course work without a clinical focus.

The audiology degree program (Au.D.) is designed to produce audiologists fully trained to work with hard of hearing and deaf individuals, offering a broad and intense academic curriculum and an integrated sequential clinical experience. The program is unique in that it trains audiologists to be proficient in American Sign Language with an understanding of the deaf community.

The department also offers a Ph.D. program that prepares post-masters SLPs and AUDs for faculty teaching and research positions in universities and other research facilities.

Our Mission

The multi-faceted mission of the Department of Hearing, Speech, and Language Sciences is to:

  • prepare the next generation of well-qualified speech-language pathologists and audiologists, who meet the requirements for professional licensure and/or certification, and meet Gallaudet’s language and communication expectations, to provide the full range of speech, language, and hearing services to individuals of all ages from diverse language, cultural, and communication backgrounds, with particular focus on individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing,
  • prepare the next generation of college and university Ph.D. faculty who are culturally sensitive, knowledgeable, and skilled in preparing future audiologists to work with culturally and linguistically diverse deaf and hard of hearing individuals of all ages,
  • provide competent, culturally-sensitive, and communication-accessible speech, language, aural rehabilitation, and hearing services for the Gallaudet community and the Washington D.C. metropolitan area,
  • conduct research to inform practice and advance speech, hearing, and language sciences,
  • assist Gallaudet graduate programs in related fields by offering coursework with relevant knowledge about audiology, speech language pathology and aural rehabilitation to professional specialists in related fields who will be working with clients who are deaf and hard of hearing, and
  • provide undergraduate students with coursework and other experiences aimed at furthering their awareness and understanding of themselves as Deaf or hard of hearing people and to provide information aimed at reducing the communication challenges confronted by deaf individuals in a broad range of situations.
  • advocate for meeting the language, communication, and cultural needs of deaf and hard of hearing individuals in all of our various professional organizations, and to promote this sense of advocacy in our students.
  • actively participate in our professions, through involvement with professional organizations concerned with the promotion and improvement of the professions of audiology and speech-language pathology.



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