Candidate for President-Elect: Elise Davis-McFarland, CCC-SLP
Elise Davis-McFarland, PhD, CCC-SLP, has enjoyed a rewarding career in higher education that includes teaching, development, and leadership of speech-language pathology programs; research; and executive-level college administration. She began her career as a school speech-language pathologist (SLP) in North Carolina. Following an audiology internship at the VA and Duke Hospitals and graduate study, she joined the faculty of the University of Houston. In Charleston, South Carolina—in the absence of an academic program in her discipline—she was able to take on new experiences, first as vice president of Governmental Affairs for the Charleston Chamber of Commerce and later as director of Institutional Research at The Citadel. Dr. Davis-McFarland was also a commissioner for the state's Medicaid program. At the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC), the opportunity to develop and lead the interdisciplinary graduate Communication Sciences and Disorders program led to a teaching award and to her research at the MUSC hospital. Later, she became vice president for Student Affairs at Trident College, where she provided executive-level leadership. Dr. Davis-McFarland's interest in international practice led to a Rotary Faculty Fellowship to teach speech-language pathology at the Medical University of Southern Africa. Her interest in global issues in the speech-language pathology profession continues.
Dr. Davis-McFarland's service to ASHA includes membership on the Committee on Practice Guidelines for SLPs, the Professional Practices Committee, the Ethics Committee, the Executive Board Subcommittee on Examination Performance, and the Multicultural Issues Board. She was one of ASHA's representatives on the committee formed by ASHA and the International Association of Physicians in AIDS Care (IAPAC). She chaired the Committee on Honors and was the coordinator for SIG 14. Currently, she serves on the SLP Advisory Council, the SIG 17 Coordinating Committee, and ASHA's Ad Hoc Committee for Technical Support to the Ministry of Health of Guyana. She has also been a reviewer for Language, Speech, and Hearing Services in Schools. Her areas of research and publication include speech and language development in infants and children with HIV-AIDS, multicultural issues in language assessment, literacy development, and pediatric dysphagia.
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