Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders

Jayne Brandel, Chair
805 Allen Hall

Degrees Offered

Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology
Doctor of Audiology


Students applying for programs leading to degrees in speech-language pathology and audiology must comply with general WVU requirements and the requirements of the College of Education and Human Services and of the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders.

The Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology Graduate Affairs Committee accepts those applicants it believes will be successful in the graduate program. The number of applicants accepted depends upon the number of qualified applicants, the number of the speech-language pathology and audiology graduate faculty, and the facilities available for acceptable academic, clinical, and research training. A minimum overall undergraduate grade point average of 3.0 is required for consideration for admission.

The Master of Science degree in speech-language pathology and the Doctor of Audiology are competency-based programs. Students are expected to achieve a minimum competency level of B, P, or S in each required course. If a student receives a grade of C (or lower) or U in a required course, he/she must meet with his/her academic advisor and/or Academic Graduate Committee before beginning additional coursework. The course instructor in conjunction with the academic advisor or committee will recommend the appropriate steps to meet the minimum standards of professional competency.


In addition to the requirements listed in the human resources and education introduction, the M.S. in Speech-Language Pathology requires the following.

  • A minimum of 42 semester hours of approved graduate courses (including six hours of clinical practicum) in speech and hearing sciences, speech-language pathology, audiology, and other related areas to attain professional competence.
  • Each semester students register for clinical practicum for a varying amount of credit that corresponds to their experience level. Six of these hours may count toward the 42 semester-hour requirement.
  • A 3.0 grade point average for all courses taken for credit toward the graduate degree with a minimum competency level of B, P, or S in all courses and clinical practicum.
  • Demonstration of professional competence in speech and/or hearing as measured by fulfillment of the academic and clinical practicum requirements established by the faculty.
  • A comprehensive formative assessment in the area of speech-language pathology.

A minimum of five consecutive semesters (including summer sessions) is required for master’s candidates with a background in speech and hearing. For candidates without a background in speech and hearing, a minimum of seven semesters is required for completion of the master’s degree.

The Doctor of Audiology (Au.D.) program is a four-year post-baccalaureate degree. Requirements for completion of the degree include the following:

  • A minimum of 116 semester credit hours including academic coursework and clinic practica.
  • All required courses in the audiology curriculum.
  • A scholarly work submitted in written form, presented orally before a forum of SPA faculty and students and approved by the student’s advisory committee.
  • Successful completion of the Praxis examination in audiology is required prior to approval for a residency experience.
  • An overall graduate grade point average of at least 3.0 (A = 4.0) with a minimum competency level of B or S in all courses and clinical practicum.
  • Successful completion of ASHA-approved practicum experience that is equivalent to a minimum of 12 months of full-time supervised experience. All students in the Doctor of Audiology (Au.D.) program must be full-time in residence during the program of study. The minimum duration for graduate study is 11 consecutive terms (including summer sessions) for students with an undergraduate background in speech- language pathology and audiology. Two additional terms are required for students with out an undergraduate background in speech-language pathology and audiology to complete prerequisite coursework.

Both the speech-language pathology and audiology professional programs offered by the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders are accredited by the Council of Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association.




  • Elizabeth A. Dooley - Ed.D. (WVU)
    Mental retardation, Learning disabilities, Multicultural/education.
  • Thomas P. Lombardi - Ed.D. (U. Az.)
  • Barbara L. Ludlow - Ed.D. (WVU)
    Severe/multiple disabilities, Early intervention/early childhood special education, Personnel preparation.
  • Gabriel A. Nardi - Ph.D. (U. Wisc.)
  • Diane T. Woodrum - Ed.D. (WVU)

Associate Professor

  • Ann M. Richards - Ph.D. (U. of Az.)
    Multicategorical special education, Transition, Law and policy issues.

Assistant Professor

  • Kimberly K. Floyd - Ph.D. (ODU)
    Early intervention /early childhood special education, Inclusive preschools, Assistive technology.
  • Chauncey D. Goff - M.H.R. (OU)
    Secondary special education, Transition, Diversity.
  • David Hoppey - Ph.D. (UF)
    Elementary special education, Inclusive schools, Professional development.
  • Cathy Galyon Keramidas - Ed.D. (U. of Ky)
    Early intervention/early childhood special education, Severe/ multiple disabilities, Autism.
  • Michael R. Mayton - Ph.D. (TTU)
    Positive behavior support, Developmental disabilities, Autism.
  • Luise B. Savage - Ed.D. (WVU)


  • Carolyn P. Atkins - Ed.D. (WVU)
    Speech pathology. Speech improvement, Clinical supervision.
  • Mary Ellen Tekieli Koay - Ph.D. (U. Okla.)
    Speech pathology. Cleft palate, Neurophysiology, Neuropath- ologies, Clinical supervision.
  • Norman J. Lass - Ph.D. (Purdue U.)
    Speech pathology. Speech perception, Speech acoustics.
  • Robert F. Orlikoff - Ph.D. (Columbia U.)
    Speech pathology. Speech and voice physiology, Assessment and management of voice disorders, Clinical measurement.
  • Vishaka W. Rawool - Ph.D. (Purdue U.)
    Audiology. Auditory electro physiology, Otocoustic emmissions, Acoustical reflex, Aging, Pediatrics, and Clinical supervision.
  • Dennis M. Ruscello - Ph.D. (U. Az.)
    Speech pathology. Phonology, Cranio facial anomalies, Clinical supervision.
  • Linda I. Shuster - Ph.D. (Ohio St. U.)
    Speech pathology. Aphasia, Speech perception.
  • Kenneth O. St. Louis - Ph.D. (U. Minn.)
    Speech pathology. Fluency, Voice, Clinical supervision.
  • Charles M. Woodford - Ph.D. (Syracuse U.)

Associate Professor

  • Conrad Lundeen - Ph.D. (U. Iowa)
    Audiology. Aural rehabilitation, Central auditory disorders.

Assistant Professor

  • Lynn R. Cartwright - Ed.D. (WVU)
  • Karen Barr Haines - M.S. (WVU)
    Clinical. Speech pathology. Augmentative communication, Clinical supervision.
  • Robin R. Jones - M.S. (WVU)
    Audiology. Aural rehabilitation, Clinical supervision.
  • Ashleigh J. Payne - Ph.D. (James Madison U.)
    Audiology. Vestibular evaluation. Rehabilitation, Hearing conservation, Clinical supervision.
  • Cheryl L. Prichard - Ed.D. (WVU)

Teaching Assistant Professor

  • Gayle A. Neldon - Ed.D. (WVU)
    Audiology, Amplification and hearing conservation, Clinical supervision.

Clinical Instructor

  • Leslie C. Graebe - M.S. (WVU)
    Speech pathology. Clinical supervision.
  • Janet J. Petitte - M.S. (WVU)
    Audiology. Hearing aids, Clinical supervision.