About Us

SLHS Leadership Team


Preeti Sivasankar


Department Head 


Jennifer Simpson

Clinical Professor

Associate Head


Elizabeth Strickland


Graduate Chair

Brandon Keehn

Brandon Keehn

Associate Professor

Undergraduate Chair


Shannon Van Hyfte

Clinical Associate Professor

Director of Clinical Education - Audiology 


Chenell Loudermill

Clinical Professor

Director of Clinical Education - Speech-Language Pathology

Christi Masters
Christi Masters

Clinical Associate Professor

Director of Strategic Initiatives




Our History

The Department of Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences (SLHS) was founded in 1935 by Professor M. D. Steer, one of the first doctoral students trained in the then-new discipline of human communication sciences and disorders. Originally located in University Hall, the department's primary function was to provide speech therapy to university students. A year later, an undergraduate academic training program was started. The graduate program began in 1940 and our first doctoral degree was granted in 1948. The SLHS program was one of the first in the country to achieve accreditation in both speech pathology and audiology from the Educational Standards Board of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. We maintain a national and international reputation as one of the finest academic, clinical, and research programs in the field.

Mission Statement

The Department of Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences emphasizes the study of speech, language, and hearing, as well as essential functions of swallowing and balance through the lifespan. The Department provides excellence in education across undergraduate, graduate professional (MS-SLP and Au.D.), and research programs (Ph.D.). Evidence-based practice and research are central emphases of all the department’s programs. The Department embraces a state, national, and international character in its student enrollment, its reputation, and placement of its graduates. The mission of the department fits well with the missions of both the University and the College of Health and Human Sciences.

SLHS Strategic Plan

Speech, Language, & Hearing Sciences, Lyles-Porter Hall, 715 Clinic Drive, West Lafayette, IN 47907-2122, PH: (765) 494-3789

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