The mission of the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders is to develop professionals who are ethical, knowledgeable, skillful and capable of working independently and in collaboration with clients, families and other professionals. The commitment of the department to this mission is reflected in the undergraduate liberal arts and sciences requirements; in the academic coursework in normal and abnormal development and behavior across the human life span; in coursework that engenders awareness of issues in culturally diverse populations; in human communication disorders, and in diagnostic and treatment methodologies; in clinical practicum requirements; and in coursework teaching research skills that support lifelong learning. Learn More about the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders »


  1. NSSLHA State Officer »


    Congratulations to Kelly Decao for being named the State Officer of Virgnia for the National Student Speech-Language-Hearing Association.

  2. Fall Open House »


    The Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders will be hosting an Open House Event on Friday October 20, 2017 from 1:00-2:00 pm.

  3. Graduate Program Orientation »


    The Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders will be holding a 2-day orientation session for all new incoming first-year graduate students August 24-25, 2017. Please click on the announcement for more details.

  4. ASHA in Philadelphia »


    If you are heading to Philadelphia to attend ASHA this year, please make sure you stop by Booth 1505 in the Exhibit Hall.

  5. Open House Events »


    The Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders will be hosting 4 mini-Open House Events on Fridays in the months of October, November and December.

  6. 2016-2017 Ambassadors »


    Miss Arianne Thompson and Miss Bekah Lucas have been selected to represent the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders as Waldron College Ambassadors.

Faculty Scholarship Activity

All of the faculty maintain active clinical research programs. Faculty use grant funding to support their scholarly interests, publish and present their research at local, state, regional and national conferences. Much of their research includes graduate and undergraduate students with an interest in learning more about research in speech-language pathology and audiology.

View COSD faculty’s recent scholarship.


  1. Luncheon caps RiteCare summer schedule to enhance children's literacy and language skills »


    Provost Joseph Scartelli joined a celebration to cap the 2017 RiteCare Clinics' summer of helping children develop and enhance communication and literacy skills.

  2. Students' lab experience aids children's communication »


    Rising seniors Adaisha Cole and Lizzy Kunde each received a Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship grant to work with the Preschool Language Lab.

  3. Institute offers valuable experience for COSD students »


    Aspiring speech language pathologists earned valuable professional experience at the Language and Literacy Institute June 5-15.    

  4. Annual symposium features WCHHS interprofessional scholarship and service »


    The Waldron College of Health and Human Services (WCHHS) community hosted its fourth annual Interprofessional Symposium and Expo (IPS&E) on April 11 in Heth Hall.

  5. Future educators, health care providers and human service providers sharpen teamwork and cultural competence  »


    A family raising a 3-year-old child with special needs was the focus of almost 200 students and faculty during the Waldron College of Health and Human Services' Interprofessional Education and Practice Symposium held in Heth Hall on Nov. 3.

  6. COSD students to make professional development trip  »


    The 2016 upcoming ASHA Convention in Philadelphia will be a prestigious platform for Radford’s Kenzie VanDerwerker and her COSD colleagues to make national research presentations.