Welcome to Communication Sciences and Disorders

Speech-language pathology and audiology are exciting professions wherein practitioners provide services for individuals of all ages who have speech, voice, language, swallowing, hearing, and/or balance disorders. The Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders (CSD) at West Virginia University offers a preprofessional Bachelor of Science (B.S.) program in Speech Pathology and Audiology, a professional Master of Science (M.S.) program in Speech-Language Pathology, a professional Doctor of Audiology (Au.D.) program, and a post-professional Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) program in Communication Sciences and Disorders. Our newest program, the Ph.D. is specifically designed for expert clinicians who seek a leadership role as a researcher and scholar in the discipline. Both of our professional graduate programs are accredited by the Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology (CAA) of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association.

Department News and Events


FACULTY NEWS: CSD congratulates Professor Vishakha Rawool, who recently authored Auditory Processing Deficits: Assessment and Intervention, a text that provides clinical information on an important and growing area of practice in audiology. At over 500 pages, Dr. Rawool’s comprehensive textbook provides the latest guidelines on screening, diagnosis, and intervention of auditory processing deficits.

SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATIONS: The College of Education and Human Services offers a limited number of scholarships for graduate and undergraduate students, with awards based on demonstrated ability and/or financial need. CEHS Scholarship Applications are being accepted now through February 28, 2016.

FACULTY NEWS: CSD Professor Vishakha Rawool has been named a Travel Fellow by the Dr. S.R. Chandrasekhar Institute of Speech and Hearing in Bangalore, India. As part of her fellowship, Dr. Rawool will travel in late January to the Institute to present “Industrial Toxins and Hearing Loss” and “Diagnosis and Assessment of Auditory Processing Deficits in Children with Language Impairments.” Dr. Rawool has also been invited to present three papers, “Auditory Processing in Adults,” “Intervention for Auditory Processing Disorders in Older Adults,” and “The Role of the Audiologist in Preventing Hearing Loss,” at the 48th Annual Convention of the Indian Speech and Hearing Association, to be held February 5-7, 2016, in Mumbai, India.

DEPARTMENT CLINICS: For more information about the services provided in the WVU Speech and Hearing Centers or to schedule an appointment, please contact Melissa Mitchell at (304) 293-6817 or by email at

THE PROFESSIONS: has ranked audiology #2 and speech-language pathology #11 on its list of The Best 200 Jobs of 2015!

CSD FACULTY POSITIONS AVAILABLE: The Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders invites applications for two faculty positions. One is for an Associate Professor or Professor to serve as Department Chair. The other is for a tenure-track Assistant or Associate Professor to begin fall 2016 or spring 2017, with expertise in fluency, voice, and/or other disorders of speech production. Please contact Professor Mary Ellen Koay for details about this position.