University Mission

The University of Southern Mississippi is a community of engaged citizens, operating as a public, student-centered, doctoral-granting research university serving Mississippi, the nation, and the world. The University is dedicated to scholarship and learning, integrating students at all levels in the creation and application of knowledge through excellence in teaching, research, creative activities, outreach, and service. The University nurtures student success by providing distinctive and competitive educational programs embedded in a welcoming environment, preparing a diverse student population to embark on meaningful life endeavors.


The University of Southern Mississippi aspires to be a model student-centered public research university that prepares students to thrive in a global society by providing high quality programs and transformative experiences in a community distinguished by inclusiveness.


The mission of the institution is supported by the following values:

  • Research and instructional excellence focused on student success at all teaching sites and through campus-based and distance education
  • Student engagement that fosters personal growth, professional development, and a lifelong commitment to wellness
  • An inclusive community that embraces the diversity of people and ideas
  • Institutional governance that respects academic freedom and faculty inclusion
  • A campus culture characterized by warmth and mutually-supportive connections among students, faculty, staff, and alumni
  • An approach to academics, research, and personal conduct based on integrity and civility
  • An evolving curriculum that fosters lifelong curiosity and critical thinking
  • Community participation that promotes social responsibility and citizenship

Institutional Strategic Goals

  • Support student success to foster retention, progression and graduation
  • Promote teaching, research, and creative excellence
  • Strategically expand undergraduate and graduate enrollment
  • Strengthen economic and community partnerships
  • Invest in faculty and staff to maximize their potential
  • Promote a culture of inclusiveness of people and ideas
  • Enhance physical, technological, and financial infrastructure to support our mission, vision, and values
  • Improve efficiency and effectiveness of institutional processes and system

Posted 3/21/17 from the Provost's website

Department Mission

Education of the deaf (undergraduate program)

The vast majority of programs for children who are deaf and hard of hearing in Mississippi are staffed by only one or two teachers of the deaf. These individuals serve as resource teachers for mainstreamed students (PK, elementary and secondary levels), they liaison with regular education teachers, serve as self-contained classroom teachers and, occasionally, interpret for mainstreamed children for various portions of the school day.

Because job descriptions are typical of the above, the Education of the deaf program at Southern Miss is obligated to train teachers of the deaf who are flexible and who can address the educational and communication needs of a heterogeneous group of students who are deaf and hard of hearing in a single setting.

Education of the deaf- early oral intervention (graduate program)

The mission of the program is to prepare specialists to work with infants and young children who are deaf or hard of hearing ages birth to six and their families. The program focuses on using hearing technology to develop spoken language through listening.

Audiology and speech-language pathology

In congruence with the University of Southern Mississippi mission and the College of Health mission, the departmental mission is to educate students to become competent professionals in the field of communication disorders. Competence should be construed to mean not only academic and clinical competencies, but also competence extending to professional integrity. Integrity in this context means honesty, upholding clients’ welfare and providing clinical services that are consistent with the latest developments in the field. Through the provision of academic course work and clinical experience, the program will ensure that all graduating students are eligible for national certification pending approval of ASHA.

  • Strategic Themes:
    • two professions (Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology), one discipline;
    • scholarly based clinical services;
    • diversity;
    • advocacy.
  • Related Issues:
    • academic excellence;
    • clinical excellence;
    • integrity;
    • responsiveness to the needs of the clients and the communities (local, state, regional, national);
    • research-based.
  • Objectives (action-oriented statements):
    • enhance clinical effectiveness;
    • increase scholarly commitment and the scientific base;
    • increase the number, diversity and cultural competence of professionals;
    • increase grassroots advocacy by professionals in the field of communication disorders, related fields, consumers and stakeholders;
    • improve evidence-based services (rational evidence and empirical evidence);
    • improve customized programs and services;
    • foster faculty development;
    • keep abreast of technological advancements.
  • Goals:
    • to establish on-going reviews of the departmental academic and clinical policies and activities to ensure excellence of training and clinical services:
      • such reviews will be conducted annually;
      • departmental faculty and stakeholders will participate in the reviews.
    • to provide appropriate training so that the students will become qualified to obtain the Certificates of Clinical Competence in Speech-Language Pathology or Audiology;
    • to encourage empathy and understanding of clients’ perspectives;
    • to appreciate cultural differences of clients;
    • to promote continued education and development of the professional staff;
    • to continually upgrade physical facilities and equipment;
    • to ensure that clinical services are based on scholarship.

Submit comments about this document or suggestions for revisions, additions, or deletions to the department chair.

Rev: 7/20/11