American Speech-Language-Hearing Association

Fellowship of the Association

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Fellowship is one of the highest honors the Association bestows. To be awarded Fellow, the nominee must have made outstanding contributions to the discipline of communication sciences and disorders.

The key word for this award is "outstanding:" the nominee must truly stand out among one's peers. The term implies contributions that are significant and would be so regarded within and beyond one's community or state. While there are thousands of members who fulfill their professional responsibilities competently, only a small percentage have, by virtue of the quality and amount of their contributions, distinguished themselves sufficiently to warrant recognition.

The Committee on Honors awards nominees solely on the information provided in the nomination documents prepared by the sponsor. When information and/or documentation are incomplete, the Committee may be unable to award deserving individuals.

Required Components for Fellow Nominations

  • Nominee is an ASHA member in good standing or an international affiliate
  • Sponsor and two co-sponsors are ASHA members in good standing or international affiliates
  • Two of the three persons submitting the nomination are Fellows of ASHA
  • Two of the three persons submitting the nomination have not related to the nominee as a fellow student or co-worker in the same physical setting or facility within the past 10 years
  • Sponsor and co-sponsors have not participated in the nomination of more than three ASHA members for Fellowship during the current year
  • The sponsor and co-sponsors must agree on the areas on which the nomination will be evaluated
  • Members who are currently employed or have been employed by ASHA, cannot include service to ASHA during their time of employment in the fellow application
  • Sponsor and co-sponsors have provided the following factual information in support of the nominee:
    • All supporting documentation must be single-spaced with 12 point font
    • All supporting documentation must be combined into one pdf document
    • Supporting documentation includes only ONE letter from the sponsor and ONE letter each from two cosponsors (additional letters are not allowed)
    • Professional vita – (not to exceed 10 pages) use vita template provided below
    • Agreed upon three areas of outstanding performance
    • Nomination materials, including all supporting documentation, may not exceed 15 pages (5 pages for sponsor letters and 10 pages for Vita)
  • General Requirements
  • Vita Template for Fellow Nominations [DOC]

Note: The nominee may provide supporting information directly to the sponsor and may assist in the preparation of the document. However, the sponsor has ultimate responsibility for the final nomination materials. Once the materials have been submitted, the nomination process should remain confidential among the sponsors and the Committee on Honors.

Areas of Outstanding Performance

Nominees for Fellow must show outstanding contributions to their profession within and beyond one's community or state in at least three of the six areas listed below. The nomination is evaluated only on the three areas designated by the sponsor and agreed upon by the co-sponsors. The reviewers will be looking for objective evidence of specific accomplishments in the identified three of the six areas. Sponsors are encouraged to focus on both the quantity and quality of the nominee's achievements. The letters should describe clearly the outcomes and significance of the nominee's achievements in each area and should explain why the contributions are outstanding. Achievements should be specific to one area, that is, the same accomplishment should not be used as evidence for outstanding contributions in more than one area.

  1. Clinical Service in the Area of Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology. Documentation should be in the form of factual information that verifies the quality, extent and outcomes of outstanding clinical service. Examples of ways an individual may have rendered outstanding clinical service include the following:
    • The development of new or more effective service/delivery models. Evidence that the model was adopted by other clinicians or organizations can demonstrate the model's impact or importance.
    • The organization of methods for disseminating clinical information
    • The amount and quality of direct client/patient care provided
    • The amount and quality of mentoring and supervision of personnel (not students or Clinical Fellows) who provide direct client/patient services
    • Development of new or improved diagnostic and/or treatment procedures
    • Organization of parents groups or professional structure to effect better service to those with communication disorders

    Neither an occasional letter of appreciation from clients and/or patients, nor routine performance of high quality professional services is sufficient, in itself, as documentation of outstanding clinical services.

  1. Clinical Education and Academic Teaching in Speech-Language Pathology, Audiology, Speech-Language-Hearing Sciences and Related Areas. Evidence of outstanding contributions may include (but are not restricted to) the following:
    • Number and quality of new courses developed by the nominee
    • Amount and quality of contributions to continuing education (workshops, lectures, symposia, short courses, seminars)
    • Courses, workshops, lectures etc. to other professionals and students of other professions (e.g., medical education) about communicative disorders and/or its impact on health care delivery, education, or overall daily human function
    • Development of innovative or unique instructional methods and/or materials
    • Supervision and mentoring of undergraduate and graduate students and Clinical Fellows
    • Nominations for or receipt of awards for outstanding teaching
    • Results of representative samples of evaluations of teaching and mentoring by regular and/or continuing education students
    • The number and nature of any invited lectureships, etc.
  1. Research and Publications Contributing to the Knowledge Needed by the Professions. Evidence of excellence in this area should include a listing of professional presentations and publications and their theoretical or practical impact. Publications should be in the American Psychological Association format for references employed by the ASHA journals. Evidence of outstanding contributions may include (but are not restricted to) the following:
    • Articles in national or international refereed journals
    • Articles in non-refereed local, state or regional publications
    • Impact factors for the journals in which articles appear
    • Books (including whether nominee was author or editor)
    • Chapters, technical reports
    • Author citation rates
    • Internal and external funding
    • Awards and other recognition of outstanding contribution(s) in research

    The amount and quality of supervision and mentoring of others in the area of Research and Publications may be included in this area. (Unpublished reports and other research efforts of limited scope or availability to the profession are not considered sufficient evidence of an outstanding contribution in this category.)

  1. Administrative Services in the Area of Speech-Language Pathology, Audiology and Speech-Language-Hearing Sciences. Evidence of contributions in this area may include:
    • Administrative titles held by the nominee, e.g., head, chief, chair, director
    • Programs or units administered, e.g., academic, department, clinic, research program
    • Nature of the institutions in which the nominee served as administrator, e.g., college, university, hospital, public/private schools
    • Time periods spent in various administrative roles
    • Size and scope of programs administered, e.g., number of clinicians, faculty, students, patients/clients
    • Amount and quality of supervision and mentoring of staff members who do not provide direct client/patient services
    • Impact of innovative administrative structures and processes

    Quality of administrative activity should be evidenced by information pertaining to broad planning and administration of programs that have impact on the quality of service or the image of the profession; development and administration of innovative programs directed at special needs; and/or growth patterns in programs administered, e.g., increases in scope of service/research, funding, staff development. Outcomes and the quality and impact of those outcomes should be addressed for key administrative roles.

  1. Service to ASHA. Evidence of outstanding leadership and/or service to ASHA may include:
    • Membership or leadership on ASHA committees, boards, councils, task forces, etc., Advisory Councils, or the Board of Directors
    • Service as the ASHA representative(s) to the boards, committees, task forces, etc., of other organizations and regulatory bodies (e.g., ANSI)
    • Participation on ad hoc committees for development of specialized statements/positions/guidelines (including the special contributions of the nominee)
    • Service as a site visitor for the CAA
    • Editorial and/or review service on an ASHA journal
    • Annual convention program chair, section chair, or reviewer

    Documentation in this area should address how the nominee's service and participation contributed to quality outcomes that impacted the professions. Regular attendance at professional meetings and/or presentation of papers at such meetings is not construed to be sufficient evidence of outstanding contributions in this context.

  1. Service to and Leadership Positions in State Speech-Language-Hearing Associations and/or Other Related Local, Regional, National or International Professional Organizations (not ASHA). Evidence of contributions in this area may include:
    • Membership or leadership (appointed or volunteered for) on boards, councils, committees, subcommittees, task forces
    • Elected offices held
    • Editorial and/or review service for publications
    • Review panels for funding agencies
    • Membership on state/national advisory groups
    • Participation on certification/licensing boards
    • Awards and other recognition of outstanding contribution(s) to State and Other Associations (not ASHA)

    Documentation in this area should address how the nominee's service and participation contributed to quality outcomes. Regular attendance at professional meetings and/or presentation of papers at such meetings is not construed to be sufficient evidence of outstanding contributions in this context.

    Failure to adhere to all required components and instructions will result in rejection of the nomination. Any materials exceeding the specified number of pages will also be rejected. 

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