Message from our Department Chair

Welcome to the Department of Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences (SLHS) at the University of Florida. Our department is fully committed to serving the local, university, state and global community as we strive to improve the lives of individuals with communication and related disorders.  It is also our goal to teach and train the next generation of clinicians, thinkers, researchers and teachers in our quest to better society and humanity. We fully support the UFs core values that are designed to “strive for greatness as an institution that brings out the best in each individual.”

The city of Gainesville is one of the best places to live in sunny Florida. The city of Gainesville offers residents a mixed urban-suburban feel placing it among the top 40 cities to live in the US. Gainesville offers many museums and lakes that offer year-round outdoor entertainment to thousands of visitors. Gainesville is one of the most attractive cities in Florida and within a short driving distance to Jacksonville, Orlando and Tampa and many of Florida’s beautiful beaches.

SLHS is located in UF’s College of Public Health and Health Professions. Our department is home to top-ranked programs in Audiology, and Speech-Language Pathology. SLHS strives to offers excellence in academic and clinical education while also being engaged in the college’s focus on multidisciplinary research. We have educators, researchers and clinicians known for being the best in their respective areas thereby allowing us to offer first rate teaching and mentorship. 

SLHS is fully committed to creating a welcoming, equitable, and inclusive learning environment for students from all backgrounds.  This commitment is grounded in a desire to cultivate intellectual rigor and curiosity among our students to prepare them to contribute to and thrive in a globally diverse, complex, and interconnected world. As part of UF Health we are offer educational and clinical experiences in world-class hospitals and health-care facilities. We believe these experiences provide our students with the ideal experiences necessary to enter the workforce.

We are pleased that you have interest in our department and the University of Florida which is ranked among America’s five best public universities. If you are considering a career in audiology, speech-language pathology, or speech and hearing sciences, reach out to us to hear more about our programs. Please also take some time to explore our website and learn more about SLHS, our values, our vision and our desire to advance the study of speech, language and hearing sciences.

Go Gators!!

Charles Ellis

Charles Ellis, Jr., Ph.D., CCC-SLP, ASHA Fellow

Professor and Chair

Department of Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences

University of Florida, College of Public Health and Health Professions