College Of Health & Human Sciences

Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders (CSD)

CSD professor teaching a class

 

The Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders (CSD) offers an undergraduate Bachelor of Science (B.S.) Degree Program in Communication Sciences and Disorders and a Master of Science (M.S.) Degree Program in Speech-Language Pathology. We are currently home to 115 undergraduate and 60 graduate students.

In addition to superior classroom education, students receive hands-on training in the Speech and Hearing Clinic, which serves approximately 75 clients a week and provides a valuable health service to the community. Our students may also choose to get involved in WCU's National Student Speech Language and Hearing Association (NSSLHA) chapter, further augmenting their studies and understanding of the field.

Discover more about our programs:

B.S. in Communication Sciences and Disorders

Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology

Mission

The fundamental role of WCU is to develop a community of scholarship in which students, faculty members, administrators, and staff members learn and apply the products of learning. The mission of the faculty, staff, and students of the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders is to engage jointly in the acquisition of knowledge, skills, and dispositions to address communication and its disorders, exercise informed judgments, and accept challenges calling for innovative clinical responses. In the execution of this mission, we are committed to honoring the individual differences and needs of culturally and linguistically diverse populations and growing in awareness, knowledge, and experience to meet the challenges provided by ethical practices, changing populations, and scope of practice demands.

Accreditation

The M.S. in Speech-Language Pathology at Western Carolina University is accredited by the Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology (CAA) of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, 2200 Research Boulevard #310, Rockville, Maryland 20850, 800-498-2071 or 301-296-5700. For more information on Western's accreditation please click here.

CSD Faculty

The faculty members of the Communication Sciences and Disorders Department, many of whom have been or still are professional clinicians, have a wealth of practical experience and they’re excited to share their wisdom with you. They're also dedicated researchers who conduct their studies in order to better understand communication sciences and disorders and to expand knowledge in the fieldThey are dedicated to teaching and training students at the undergraduate and graduate levels, preparing students for the challenges that they will find in such careers as speech-language pathologists and research scholars. 

Faculty Member Phone Office Address
Bill Ogletree 828-227-3379 HHS 158A
Linda Bowers 828-227-3376 HHS 190
Trish Davis 828-227-2826 HHS 167
Georgia Hambrecht 828-227-3279 HHS 103
Nancy Helm-Estabrooks 828-227-3381 HHS 158
Leigh Odom 828-227-3834 HHS 162
Emory Prescott 828-227-2425 HHS 163
Johanna Price 828-227-3795 HHS 161
Tracie Rice 828-227-3378 HHS 104
Amy Rose 828-227-3289 HHS 160
David Shapiro 828-227-3291 HHS 188
Laura Trivette 828-227-2409 HHS 169
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