Focus Areas, Goals and Action Steps

Focus Area 1. Student Success

Goals with Action Steps:

  1. Continue to strengthen and organize the CSD admissions process
    • Maintain use of CSDCAS
    • Ensure all full-time faculty are involved with the application process
    • Host regularly scheduled admissions’ events with specific CSD timelines
  2. Strengthen the academic and clinical advisement structures
    • Review digital record keeping programs and consult with College IT department
    • Convert current paper-based advising system to a digital system; ensure training for all participants.
    • Once digital system is established, review digital system regularly to highlight potential for improvement
  3. Increase communication, networking, and marketing
    • Continue social media usage to connect with alumni
    • Connect current students with alumni more regularly
    • Host an annual job fair in conjunction with career services
    • Meet regularly with MarCom to support marketing of the CSD program

Focus Area 2. Academic Excellence & Distinctiveness

Goals with Action Steps:

  1. Inter-professional on- and off-campus collaboration
    • Explore international opportunities for CSD graduate students and collaborate with Iona’s Study Abroad office
    • Improve collaboration with allied health fields at Iona (i.e. Occupational therapy)
    • Increase community-based projects that enhance clinical and academic experiences
  2. Research
    • Increase CSD graduate student involvement in CSD faculty research
    • Support and encourage joint undergraduate and graduate student research projects
    • Increase clinical faculty inclusion in research
    • Invite clinical faculty to visit academic courses
    • Invite faculty members to collaborate on clinic cases that incorporate faculty’s research background

Focus Area 3. Talent

Goals with Action Steps:

  1. Offer opportunities for students that foster a supportive culture of respect where academic and professional achievements are recognized and celebrated
    • Refine the admission criteria for the Early Acceptance Program
    • Explore offering a prerequisite year of study for applicants that directly leads to CSD graduate study
    • Market clinical communication certificate
    • Explore offering an additional certificate for deaf and hard of hearing studies
    • Increase CEU opportunities
  2. Create an environment for both students and faculty that is collaborative
    • Increase NSSLHA involvement for CSD graduate students
    • Reinforce E-board position for a CSD graduate student
    • Identify at least 1 project/event that CSD graduate students lead for NSSLHA
  3. Recruit and retain talented CSD faculty
    • Increase collaboration between clinical faculty and academic faculty
    • Increase grants applied for by CSD faculty
    • Create a mentor system for new CSD faculty
    • Share scholarly activities among faculty regularly

Contact Us

Jennifer Gerometta, Ph.D., CCC-SLP

Department Chair