Message from the Chair

Dear Student:

Welcome to SUNY Cortland and the Communication Disorders and Sciences Department. We are pleased you have selected a major that will begin to prepare you to enter a profession offering a wide variety of reward­ing employment opportunities. Speech-language pathologists and audiologists work in school settings, hospitals, clinics, rehabilitation centers and universities. Private practice and industry are also attractive settings for the professionals in the field.

Message from the Chair

We hope that you will find our program challenging and enjoyable. We do maintain high standards in academic
and clinical course work because we are preparing you
for a professional field and for graduate study. You
should apply yourself to your studies and attempt to
gain all that the College and the department have to
offer. Meet with your advisor frequently as you progress
in your graduation plan and be sure to take advantage
of the office hours provided by your professors. You can
also feel free to make special appointments with your
professors as well.
We, the faculty, are here to help you in any way that
we can. We want you to succeed. Your success is our

Good luck as you begin your learning experience at SUNY Cortland.


Regina B. Grantham

Regina B. Grantham, M.Ed., CCC-SLP
ASHA Fellow
Associate Professor and Chair
Communication Disorders and Sciences Department


Department Goals

The Communication Disorders and Sciences Department has the following goals. Students will:

Goal 1: Attain and demonstrate theoretical knowledge of normal processes and communication disorders.
Goal 2: Learn and demonstrate clinical assessment and intervention techniques and strategies utilizing evidence-based practice.
Goal 3: Develop and refine life skills through oral, written and technological advancement.
Goal 4: Demonstrate respect and appreciation for diversity and the global society

Department Mission Statement

The mission of the Communication Disorders and Sciences Department at the State University of New York College at Cortland is to provide a knowledge and skills-based curriculum, with opportunities that prepare students for the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association’s Certification of Clinical Competence, the New York State Professional Licensure in Speech-Language Pathology, and New York State Teacher Certification. This is to be accomplished through a theoretical and clinically-based foundation that includes information about the normal processes of language and speech development and an understanding of various communication disorders and sciences. This statement reflects the overall mission of the College. 

Department Core Values

  • Develop and nurture critical thinking and problem solving skills
  • Contribute to the intellectual climate of the campus community
  • Foster the ability and attitudes to independently pursue academic and personal excellence
  • Encourage respect and appreciation for ethnic, racial, cultural, and gender diversity
  • Develop skills necessary to effectively participate in an increasingly growing global society
  • Provide opportunities for students to learn about and skillfully utilize technology 

Department Vision

The department’s vision is to provide an exceptional undergraduate and graduate education in communication disorders and sciences through integrating theory, clinical application and research. This education is shaped by the scholarly and clinical achievements of local, state, and nationally recognized faculty and supported by the commitment of dedicated office staff and college administration.