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.
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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.
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.
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|