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. Formerly known as the Department of Speech Pathology and Audiology, 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.

Congratulations to all of our 2014 graduates!

Department News and Events

FACULTY POSITION AVAILABLE: The Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders is seeking a full-time tenure-track Assistant Professor with expertise in neurogenic communication disorders to join our faculty. The anticipated start date is August 16, 2014, or January 2015. Click here for a full position announcement.

NEW ELECTIVE GRADUATE COURSE: SPED 691 Birth to Three Services for Children and Families is a new online course that addresses evidence-based practices for children and their families in the birth-to-three setting. SPED 691 will run from June 30 through August 8, 2014.

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

GRADUATION: The 2014 CEHS Commencement ceremony will take place on Saturday, May 10 at 9:00 a.m. at the WVU Coliseum. Please be sure to RSVP if you plan to attend.

STUTTERING U.: The first annual Stuttering U. is scheduled for July 16-20, 2014. A unique camp experience for children who stutter and their parents, Stuttering U. is being hosted by Marshall University’s Department of Communication Disorders in conjunction with the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders at WVU. To be held in Huntington, WV, there will also be a continuing education event for clinicians on July 15, 2014. Contact Mary Weidner at with questions or for registration information.

STUDENT RESEARCH FORUM: Congratulations to CSD graduate students Mary Weidner, Megan Burgess, and Staci LeMasters for being awarded 1st place in the CEHS Student Research Forum for their poster “Do Children Hold Negative Attitudes Toward Peers who Stutter?” The work was mentored by CSD Professor Ken St. Louis.

MountainEAR 5k: Thanks to the WVU Student Academy of Audiology and everyone else who helped make this year’s MountainEAR 5k a huge success!