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.

Department News and Events

FACULTY SEARCH: The Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders seeks applications for a 9-month tenure-track Assistant Professor of Speech-Language Pathology with an anticipated start date of August 2015 or January 2016. Please see the position announcement for details.

SPA SENIOR AWARDS DAY: Join us at 1:45 pm on Friday, April 24 to celebrate our graduating Speech Pathology and Audiology students at the 2015 Senior Awards Day. In addition to recognizing those who have earned special honors and awards, we will be displaying our Senior Capstone posters, including those that were selected as the Top 12 Senior Capstone Presentations.

CAREER NEWS: recently ranked audiology #2 and speech-language pathology #11 on its list of The Best 200 Jobs of 2015!

STUDENT RESEARCH FORUM: Congratulations to Au.D. student Madaline Parrill and Ph.D. student Mary Weidner for their award-winning research posters presented at CEHS’s recent Student Research Forum. Parrill’s poster, Gender and Ear Effects on Binaural Summation Measured with Acoustic Reflex Thresholds, developed under the mentorship of CSD Professor Vishakha Rawool, won 1st place for graduate research and for best oral presentation of a poster.

STUDENT NEWS: Congratulations to Honors undergraduate student Emily Brewer on being named one of 2015’s Outstanding Seniors. A Charleston, West Virginia, native, Emily will graduate this May with a double major in Speech Pathology & Audiology and Spanish. However, she will return to CSD this fall when she begins her graduate program in speech-language pathology.

NEWSLETTER: Be sure to check out the Spring 2015 issue of CSD’s Mouth 'n' Ear newsletter—now available!

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

GRADUATE ADMISSIONS: Thank you to all applicants who took the time to interview with us for admission to the Doctor of Audiology or M.S. in Speech-Language Pathology program. The program faculty and staff appreciate everyone’s patience as we complete our 2015 admission process.

MOUNTAIN STATE SPEECH & HEARING CONFERENCE: A special thank-you to Drs. Rebecca McCauley and Mary Archer Koike as well as to WVU’s NSSLHA and SAA volunteers for making the 5th annual Mountain State Speech and Hearing Conference a great success.

AudiologyNOW!: CSD faculty members Vishakha Rawool and Jeremy Donai, along with Doctor of Audiology students Kristin Hood, Madeline Parrill, and Mallory Powell, recently presented their research at AudiologyNOW!, the annual convention of the American Academy of Audiology, which was held in San Antonio, Texas.

SPRING GRADUATION: The Spring CEHS Commencement will take place on Saturday, May 16 at 9:00 am in the WVU Coliseum.

UPDATE: The subject code for all department courses will change from SPA to CSAD beginning with the Summer 2015 semester. For example, SPA 200 Introduction to Communication Disorders will become CSAD 200 Introduction to Communication Disorders, and so on, for courses in all department programs. Students should search for ‘CSAD’ or ‘Comm Sciences and Disorders’ in the subject field when selecting courses and registering for upcoming semesters.