Steve Dustrude applied his education at Pacific to become a school speech therapist, helping young people to master their difficulties with language. Along the way, he became a union activist and leader.
School of Communication Sciences & Disorders
The School of Communication Sciences & Disorders offers an undergraduate minor, a post-baccalaureate program, and a Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology. All three programs are offered through the College of Education on our historic Forest Grove Campus. The post-baccalaureate program is also available entirely online.
As a school, we value advocacy, community, diversity, collaboration, integration, and critical thinking. These values are visible throughout the curriculum across all three programs with our focus on excellence in teaching. Students in all programs have the opportunity to work closely with our exceptionally talented faculty in a carefully designed and innovative curriculum.
The faculty and students in the School of Communication Sciences and Disorders are active in clinical service delivery through multiple community partnerships throughout the greater Portland area.
The School of CSD faculty advance the field of speech-language pathology through our research and scholarship in theoretical and clinical science, through the scholarship of teaching and learning (SoTL), and our engagement in service to local, regional, and national professional organizations.
An endowed faculty grant allowed Pacific University Associate Professor Rik Lemoncello to launch the project of his dreams: a bakery that helps people with traumatic brain injuries return to work and fun. Sarah Bellum's Bakery & Workshop opened in Summer 2017, offering hands-on experience for students in Pacific's speech-language pathology program.
“The No. 1 thing that is lost in aphasia is words,” said Annabelle Watts SLP ’17. “I really hope participants who come here realize there is this gigantic world of communication and that here are all these other ways to facilitate that and have fun and re-engage with life and with their partner.”