Carolyn Peluso Atkins, EdD
West Virginia University
College of Education and Human Services
Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders
Dr. Carolyn Peluso Atkins is a professor in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders at West Virginia University. She received all of her degrees—a bachelor’s and master’s in rhetoric and public address, a master’s in speech-language pathology, and a doctorate in curriculum and instruction—from WVU. She also holds the Certificate of Clinical Competence in Speech-Language Pathology from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association.
The recipient of numerous teaching awards, Dr. Atkins was the 2005 West Virginia CASE Professor of the Year. This national teaching award, sponsored by the Council for Advancement and Support of Education and the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, is based on dedication to teaching, commitment to students, and innovative instructional methods.
Dr. Atkins also received the WVU Foundation Award for Outstanding Teacher, the Golden Key International Honour Society Golden Apple Award for Outstanding Teacher, and the WVU College of Human Resources and Education Award for Outstanding Teacher. In 2002, she was selected as Most Loyal Faculty Mountaineer; in 2004, she received the College of Human Resources and Education Laddie Bell Award for Distinguished Service and was inducted into Mountain Honorary. In 2006, she was named Italian-American Woman of the Year by the Clarksburg Italian Heritage Festival. In 2009, she received the WVU Student Affairs Outstanding Achievement Award. In 2017, Dr. Atkins was a recipient of the Evans Advising Award for the 2016-17 year.