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Communication Sciences & Disorders

On behalf of the faculty and staff of the Communication Sciences and Disorders Department, CONGRATULATIONS 2015 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 3.0 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.


Student Opportunities:

On Saturday afternoon, October 25, Longwood University students had an opportunity to promote emergent and early literacy to the Farmville community.  The students from Dr. Peggy Agee's Language and Literacy class prepared fun literacy activities for pre-readers and early readers, performed story theatre, engaged in shared reading with the children who attended, and shared their new learning about the connections between oral and written language with parents and grandparents.  Fifty-two children and parents attended the event which was held at Longwood's Speech, Hearing, and Learning Services on West Third Street.  All of the children left with a new book, a face painting, and a huge smile!  It was a great day for all!

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

Peggy Agee, SLP.D., CCC-SLP

  • Associate Professor and Undergraduate Program Coordinator
  • 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

SHLS 104


Areas of Expertise/Interest:

  • Autism
  • Early language development and disorder
  • Emergent and early literacy
  • Orthography




Mani Aguilar, Au.D., CCC-A

  • Clinical Audiologist

SHLS 107



Areas of Expertise/Interest

  • Hearing evaluations for individuals of all ages
  • Auditory processing evaluations
  • Hearing aids
  • Assistive listening devices


Ann Cralidis, Ph.D., CCC-SLP

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

SHLS 105


Areas of Expertise/Interest:

  • Adult TBI 
  • Use of complimentary and alternative forms of treatment for executive dysfunction 



Kellyn Hall, Ph.D., CCC-SLP

  • Associate Professor
  • Bachelor’s and Master’s in Communication Science and Disorders (Baylor University)
  • Ph.D. in Speech and Hearing Science (University of Illinois)

SHLS 103



Areas of Expertise/Interest

  • Medical Speech-Language Pathology
  • Adult Dysphagia/Pediatric Feeding and Swallowing Disorders
  • Voice
  • Dementia
  • Service Delivery in Medical SLP


Lissa Power deFur, Ph.D., CCC-SLP

  • 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"

ASHA VP for Standards and Ethics in SLP

SHLS 108


Areas of Expertise/Interest:

  • speech sounds disorders
  • ethics
  • aural rehabilitation
  • public school issues



Shannon Salley, SLP.D., CCC-SLP

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

SHAV President 2015-2016

SHLS 109


Areas of Expertise/Interest:

  • Pediatric and adult dysphagia
  • Aphasia
  • Language disorders
  • Traumatic brain injury