50th Anniversary

This year UBC’s School of Audiology and Speech Sciences will celebrate its 50th anniversary as a leader in educating audiologists and speech-language pathologists, as well as research in communication and related disorders.

What have the past 50 years looked like at the School of Audiology and Speech Sciences? (Click to enlarge)

Save the date: September 13, 2019

On September 13, 2019, the School’s community will gather to celebrate the 50th anniversary with a day of events, which will include an open house at the Friedman Building, where guests will be able to tour the upgraded facilities and spend time meeting with faculty and reuniting with alumni and practitioners. Later in the day it will include a poster session, discipline-related lectures by eminent scholars, and a gala dinner with entertainment at UBC’s new Robert H Lee Alumni Centre. School founder John Gilbert will be in attendance and give a brief history of the School. All alumni, faculty, clinical faculty, students, and staff are welcome.

A full schedule and online registration will be available soon!

We will also be hosting a special 50th anniversary colloquium series throughout the year. Those at the School look forward to the opportunity to celebrate the considerable accomplishments it has achieved over the years.

Read more about the School’s history and anniversary plans here.

50 years of memories

Stories and images of the School over the past 50 years from members of our School community, past and present:

Is this how you do ABR?
Jenny Hatton (SASS alumna and audiology clinical faculty representative) experimenting with Auditory Brainstem Response (ABR) testing equipment during her time working for the Human Auditory Physiology Lab in the mid 2000s! Read More >

Susan Small: From SASS PhD student to Associate Professor
Dr. Susan Small first joined UBC’s School of Audiology and Speech Sciences in the early 2000s as a PhD student, studying auditory evoked potentials and the maturation of hearing. Not long after completing her PhD, she became a member of the School’s faculty and has since helped teach countless new cohorts of budding audiologists! Here are some of her favourite memories of the School. Read More >

Electro-cap training with former SASS Director, Dr. David Stapells!
Dr. David Stapells, SASS Emeritus, training audiology students how to use electro-caps in the early days of his Human Auditory Physiology Laboratory (HAPLAB). This photo was kindly shared with us by Dr. Susan Small, SASS faculty and a former PhD student of Dr. Stapells. Read More >

1973: SASS speech and hearing lab in the Mather Building
Ever wondered what the School’s speech and hearing labs looked like 50 years ago? This photo, from University of British Columbia Archives [UBC 100.1/8], was taken in 1973 in the Mather Building, where the School was based from 1972 to 2008. Read More >

More Stories and Images


We would love to hear about your memories and experiences at the School over the years to share here and on our social media. Some questions to get you started:

  • When were you a student at the School?
  • What is your favourite memory of your time at the School?
  • How has the School helped you in your career/life?
  • Do you have any photos of your studies, work, and time at the School?

Contact director.assistant@audiospeech.ubc.ca to feature!