Candidate for President-Elect: Shari Brand Robertson, CCC-SLP

Shari Robertson

Shari Robertson, PhD, CCC-SLP, is provost’s associate for academic programs and planning and is professor of speech-language pathology at Indiana University of Pennsylvania. Prior to earning her doctorate from the University of Wisconsin–Madison, Robertson was a school-based speech-language pathologist (SLP) for 18 years in West Bend, Wisconsin. In this role, she served populations from preschool through high school and provided leadership as the supervisor for the speech-language pathology and early-childhood intervention programs.

Robertson is committed to helping colleagues feel valued, connected, and inspired in their professional settings and nurturing future leaders and budding entrepreneurs who wish to grow personally and professionally. She has published numerous articles, book chapters, and clinical materials and has presented hundreds of invited workshops at state, national, and international venues on a wide range of topics, including phonology, language, literacy, counseling, time and stress management, leadership, business development, and advocacy. Robertson also owns several companies, including a publishing company that produces children’s books written by SLPs and a variety of research-supported clinical materials. In 2016, she was the recipient of the Annie Glenn Award for National Leadership in Language and Literacy.

Robertson recently served on the ASHA Board of Directors as vice president for academic affairs in speech-language pathology (2012–2015). In this capacity, she had oversight of several high-impact committees, including the Committee for Establishing Guidelines for the Clinical Doctorate in SLP and the Committee on Supervision Training. Robertson served as ASHA Convention co-chair (2000), chaired a variety of convention topic committees, and participated numerous times as a Convention Topic Committee member. In addition, she served as an associate editor for Language, Speech, and Hearing Services in Schools and on the editorial board for Communication Disorders Quarterly. At the state level, Robertson served two consecutive terms as president of the Pennsylvania Speech-Language-Hearing Association. She has been recognized as an outstanding alumnae by Central Michigan University and received the Editor’s Award for Language for the Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research.

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The ASHA Leader asked the candidates:

What is your top priority if elected to the ASHA Board of Directors?

Given the breadth, depth and plurality of the professions represented by ASHA, coupled with rapidly changing political, social and financial influences, it would be shortsighted to focus on a single issue. Rather, as president, I would be a fierce advocate for our professions and association. I would actively seek out opportunities to raise the profile of speech-language pathology and audiology, highlighting the important work that our members do every day across the country and globally. Further, I would make it a priority to personally engage with members—the heart and soul of our organization. Finally, I would commit to nurturing aspiring leaders from a variety of backgrounds who can offer fresh ideas and perspectives to lead us confidently into the years and decades to come.

Why are you running for President-Elect on the ASHA Board of Directors?

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