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Communication Sciences & Disorders

On behalf of the faculty and staff of the Communication Sciences and Disorders Department, CONGRATULATIONS 2013 graduates!!


The Communication Sciences and Disorders program at Longwood University offers small classes with individualized attention from faculty.

The curriculum offers excellent preparation for graduate school. The program has high academic standards, with a 2.75 minimum GPA for students to enter the upper level Communication Sciences and Disorders courses.

The undergraduate courses in the major and in other disciplines provide excellent preparation for students pursing a graduate program in Speech-Language Pathology, Audiology or other related field. During their last semester, students complete 25 hours of guided observation, accumulating these hours toward the clinical experience required for national certification. 

  • CSDS Undergraduate Students at the Career Center's "Fall in Love with the Major" program
  • The National Student Speech-Language-Hearing Association has an active chapter on the Longwood campus.
  • The Communication Sciences and Disorders program at Longwood offers several online courses.

The Bachelor of Science degree program is a pre-professional program that provides academic training in the normal processes of speech, language, hearing, and their associated pathologies and provides the foundation for a master's degree in speech-language pathology or audiology.


Here's what Longwood graduates have to say about the Communication Sciences and Disorders program:

I was pleased at how well my undergraduate program at Longwood prepared me for entering an AuD (Doctorate of Audiology) program.

David Thornton, 2012 
U  Tennessee AuD student

Choosing a college that had classes that were small was one of the best decisions that I ever made. It was wonderful to have teachers know me professionally as well as personally. My teachers genuinely cared how I was doing not only as a student, but as a person. Specifically I chose Speech-Language Pathology because I wanted to be in a profession where I could help people with one of the most basic and most important skills, communication.

~Lauren Cole, Longwood Graduate

The program at Longwood completely prepared me for my graduate work. The courses that I took at Longwood laid a very firm foundation in Communication Sciences and Disorders for me which made graduate school run much more smoothly. The teachers at Longwood were absolutely incredible. They took a personal interest in each of their students and genuinely cared about the success that we had. They went above and beyond the call of duty with helping each of us reach our goals including extra help in classes, references, assistance in applying to graduate schools, and even being there for me during and after graduate school. This is a great program that I would recommend to anyone.

~Carrie Davis, Longwood Graduate


Communication Sciences & Disorders Faculty

Lissa Power-deFur

Professor and CSDS Graduate Coordinator
Bachelor's, Masters' and Doctorate in Speech-Language Pathology (University of Virginia); Minors in Audiology and Deaf Education

"Mariah Bristow Starke Faculty Award 2012"

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Michele L. Norman

Associate Professor and CSDS Undergraduate Coordinator
Bachelor's in Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences (Rutgers University); Masters' (University of the District of Columbia) and Doctorate (The University of Memphis) in Speech-Language Pathology
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Peggy C. Agee

Assistant Professor 
Bachelor's from Longwood College; Master’s from the University of Virginia in Speech-Language Pathology; and Clinical Doctorate from NOVA Southeastern University in Speech-Language Pathology

American Speech-Language-Hearing Foundation DiCarlo Award recipient 2010

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Wendy J. Pulliam

Clinic Director/Clinical Educator

Bachelor of Health Sciences in Communication Disorders; Master of Science in Speech Language Pathology
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Shannon Salley

Assistant Professor/Coordinator SLP Online
Bachelor's and Master's from James Madison University and a Doctorate from NOVA Southeastern University in Speech-Language Pathology 
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Ann Cralidis

Assistant Professor
Ph.D. and Masters from University of North Carolina at Greensboro; B.A. from Elon University
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Caitlin Frank

DLVE-SLP Coordinator/Clinical Educator
Masters from Old Dominion University; B.S. from James Madison University

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Adjunct Faculty


  •   Dr. Filip Loncke (Augmentative Alternative Communication), University of Virginia


  • Dr. Emmett Jones (Sign Language), nationally certified interpreter


  • Dr. Robert Mayo (Craniofacial Anomalies), University of North Carolina - Greensboro