In support of Radford University’s commitment to providing students a transformative educational experience within a community of inclusivity and empowerment, the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders is committed to cultivating excellence in student-centered learning and engagement. We foster innovative faculty-student collaborations and a supportive environment to inspire student success through a shared vision of inclusiveness and service within the campus community and beyond. Learn more about the Department of Communication and Sciences and Disorders.



Due to unprecedented growth in our undergraduate and graduate student enrollment, the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders at Radford University is seeking to expand and develop new areas of clinical research to enhance our programs. The selected candidate will pioneer the creation of a new clinical practice in their area of expertise ith collaborating partners. This practice will serve as a catalyst for the new emphasis on advanced clinical practice and research. We invite applications and nominations for full-time tenure-track positions at the rank of Instructor/Assistant Professor. The required areas of clinical research expertise are articulation and phonological disorders, motor speech disorders, fluency disorders, voice and resonance disorders and/or child language disorders. Multiple positions available.  These are nine-month appointments beginning August 2020 with possible summer funding available. Required qualifications include an earned doctoral degree or ABD in speech-language pathology or related area, qualifications requisite for Virginia licensure in Speech-Language Pathology, and professional certification (CCC-SLP) through the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA).  Applicants who are ABD and meet the requirements for licensure and certification must have their PhD conferred by May 2021. Individuals who are ABD will be hired at a rank of instructor. Responsibilities include teaching undergraduate and graduate coursework, supervising in the Radford University Speech-Language-Hearing Clinic, establishing or continuing a line of research in specialty area, student advising, and University service.

Salary is competitive and commensurate with qualifications and experience. In addition, the position will be provided with a reduced teaching load during the first year of employment to support the development of a research program. Relocation funds are also available.

Candidates must submit a letter of application, a current curriculum vita, and contact information (names, addresses, and phone numbers) for three professional references.  The successful candidate will also be required to provide official transcripts.  Review of applications will begin December 6, 2019. Questions regarding the position should be directed to Dr. Lauren Flora, Chair of the Search Committee at  Applicants must apply online at  Paper submissions will not be accepted.

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  1. ASHA in Orlando »


    If you are heading to Orlando to attend ASHA this year, please make sure you stop by Booth CF2352 in the Exhibit Hall.

  2. Fall Meet and Greet »


    The Department of Communication Scienes and Disorders will be hosting several small "Meet & Greet" sessions throughout the fall semester.

  3. 2018-2019 Ambassadors »


    Miss Melissa Gibson (left) and Miss Hannah Sidebottm (right) have been selected to represent the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders as Waldron College Ambassadors for the 2018-2019 academic year.

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Funding Opportunities

The Department of Communication and Disorders is pleased to offer students a variety of funding opportunities.

Scottish Rite Research Scholarships - These scholarships are funded by the Scottish Rite Masons. We currently have 6 Scottish Rite Research Scholarships, which range from $5000 - $6500. Amounts may vary slightly from year-to-year. Summer Scottish Rite scholarships are also available.

Communication Disorders Foundation of Virginia (CDF) - This organization offers one $4000 scholarship (Rita Purcell-Robertson Scholarship) and one $2500 scholarship (David H. Narburgh Scholarship) for the 2019-2020 academic year. View CDF application requirements and deadlines.

James E. Nicely Scholarship for Graduate Studies in Communication Sciences and Disorders - Dr. James Nicely is Professor Emeritus of Communications Sciences and Disorders. His colleagues and family established this scholarship in his honor. Award amount varies annually.

Waldron College also has several scholarships available to our students. The 2019 College-wide scholarships include the following:

  • Elbert H. & Evelyn J. Waldron Scholarship (multiple scholarships available)
  • Elbert H. & Evelyn J. Waldron College of Health and Human Services Scholarship (multiple scholarships available)
  • Kathy Green Scholarship (undergraduates only)
  • New River Valley Health Foundation, Inc. Scholarship (multiple scholarships available)

Congratulations to past recepients of CDF Scholarships, Emily Speaks (class of 2019) and Megan Bell (class of 2018)!

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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.

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  1. Student takes RARE opportunity to work first-hand with school children in Peru »


    When Pennington heard about the Radford Amazonian Research Expedition program at Radford University, she knew that was a way for her to get first-hand research experience.  

  2. COSD Class of 2018 passes national certification exam with flying colors »


    The Spring 2018 graduates of the Radford University Communication Sciences and Disorders (COSD) program have extended the department’s reputation for excellence.

  3. Luncheon wraps up summer RiteCare clinics  »


    Radford University’s Department of Communications Sciences and Disorders concluded its three-week RiteCare Clinics summer program with a luncheon July 2. 

  4. Music therapy students work hands-on with children in the Preschool Language Lab »


    In the Preschool Language Lab, music therapy students work alongside communication sciences and disorders graduate students to assist young children develop verbal communication skills.

  5. Scottish Rite and Radford COSD team up again for RiteCare summer camps »


    For the 23rd consecutive year, Radford University will host a series of RiteCare© camps this summer to enhance children's literacy and language skills.

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