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|Ph.D. in Applied Language & Speech Sciences|
|The goal of the ALSS doctoral program is to mentor students into published research. Its aim is to advance knowledge of how human communication works, how it sometimes breaks down, and how breakdowns can be remediated and/or managed. The program emphasizes assessment, diagnosis, and measurement of communication and disorders. It studies the efficacy of therapeutic and educational interventions. It examines the full range of linguistic systems applied in human communication. Our students team up with faculty members who are actively pursuing published research agendas.|
|Theoretical Foundations and Applications|
|The theoretical foundations of the ALSS doctoral program are based in the fields of study that are concerned with human communication. These include theoretical semiotics (the study of signs), linguistics, phonetics and phonology, and interaction studies such as ethnography, discourse and conversation analysis. All these fields of inquiry have in the recent past been successfully applied to furthering our understanding of the nature of communicative disorders, and of the various contexts of language learning, such as first and second language acquisition.|
|Faculty Research Interests|
|To facilitate the discovery of new knowledge doctoral students are
led into active research agendas through graduate seminars, the
on-going Research Colloquium, and the student's own development of
a personal research and publication agenda within active areas of
on the following links to access information on the research interests
and key publications of the graduate faculty of the department.
In alphabetical order by rank the graduate faculty include:
|In its commitment to rigorous quantitative and qualitative research the ALSS Ph.D. program relies on both internal and external resources. At the head of the list is the University of Louisiana Speech Language and Hearing Center (also known simply as "the Clinic"). In addition there are approximately 60 off-site settings in hospitals and external clinics where research opportunities abound. There are many language and literacy programs in private and public settings ranging from preschool to the universities and the community at large. For those interested in comparative studies there is the UL Lafayette New Iberia Research Center where one of the world’s largest captive primate populations is housed.|
|Because of the growing demand for doctoral level professor/researchers, exacerbated by a diminishing supply of doctoral graduates (especially in communication sciences and disorders), career prospects for graduates of the ALSS Ph.D. program are excellent. The demand for doctoral graduates exceeds by 2 to 8 times the number of doctoral graduates currently being produced by all of the institutions of higher education presently offering Ph.D. training in our field. Surveys by the Council of Academic Programs in Communication Sciences and Disorders show that prospects for employment are enhanced by both the research emphasis and the diversity of training the ALSS Ph.D. affords.|
|Centers of Excellence and Cognate Ph.D.Programs|
|The intellectual home of the ALSS Ph.D. program is the Doris B. Hawthorne
Center for Special Education and Communicative Disorders. Mrs.
Hawthorne left a generous endowment to the Department of Communicative
Disorders. The Hawthorne Center is directed by Dr. Martin J. Ball.
The Hawthorne Center is the home base of operations for the Doris
B. Hawthorne Eminent
Scholar Chair held by Dr. Jack S. Damico. The Center also houses
four other Doris B. Hawthorne and Board of Regents Endowed Professorships.
One of these
is held by Dr. Martin J. Ball who is Founding Editor of the journal
Clinical Linguistics and Phonetics; another by Dr. John W. Oller,
Dr. Nicole Müller, Founding Editor of the Journal of Multilingual Communication
Disorders. The Ben Blanco Memorial Professorship is held by Dr.
John Tetnowski. The department has yet to fill one additional endowed
The Hawthorne Center is closely allied with the New Iberia Research Center and the Institute of Cognitive Science (which houses the world's second largest colony of chimpanzees) and the Center for Advanced Computer Studies. It also benefits from the wide ranging expertise of world-class faculty in the Cognitive Science Ph.D. program, the Francophone Studies Ph.D. program, and the outstanding doctoral programs in biology and computing science. Studies in closely allied Ph.D. programs range from artificial intelligence and robotics to folklore and literacy and include comparative studies of the cognitive and social behaviors of chimps, macaques, and other primates with human beings.
|Applying to the Ph.D. Program|
Admission decisions for the Ph.D. program in Applied Language and Speech Sciences will be made on or about the following dates: Sept 1 and Nov 1 for Spring Admission; Feb 1 and April 1 for Fall Admission
The following documents are required before the faculty may consider your application. Only completed applications will be considered.
(1) A completed application to the graduate school. To apply to the program go to http://gradschool.louisiana.edu and select online application. A paper application can be obtained from the graduate school only for very special situations on an as needed basis. Students unable to register online will need to contact the graduate school directly.
(2) A complete set of official transcripts from all universities attended.
(3) A letter of intent, signifying your career goals, your major area ofstudy during your doctoral program, your research interests, and who you would like to have as your primary mentor. A list of potential mentors is included above on this page. It is recommended that you contact your primary mentor through e-mail, and discuss your interests with them prior to writing your letter of intent.
(4) Three letters of recommendation. A majority of the letters should be from individuals who know your ability in an academic or research forum.
(5) An official copy of your GRE scores.
(6) A writing sample. This may be an example of a published research paper, a term paper in speech-language pathology, applied linguistics, or a related area.
(7) An updated curriculum vitae.
The letter of intent (3), the writing sample (6), and the updated curriculum vitae (7) can be addressed to the department through the address listed below.
All other application materials should go directly to the graduate school.
For further information about the Applied Language and Speech Sciences program or for questions about admission
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