American Speech-Language-Hearing Association

Sue Hale Assumes 2009 ASHA Presidency

Vanderbilt Educator's Plans Include Continuing Focus On High Standards For Clinical Education

(Rockville, MD - January 6, 2009)  

Sue Hale, MCD, CCC-SLP, one of the developers of the national standards for clinical education in audiology and speech-language pathology, began her one-year term as president of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) on January 1, 2009. Mrs. Hale succeeds Catherine Gottfred, PhD, who will continue to serve on ASHA's 2009 Board of Directors.

Mrs. Hale, Director of Clinical Education and Assistant Professor in the Department of Hearing and Speech Sciences at Vanderbilt University comes to ASHA's top elected office after a recent three-year term as ASHA's Vice President for Quality of Service in Speech-Language Pathology where she monitored the work of the Council for Clinical Certification, the Council for Clinical Specialty Recognition, and the Board of Ethics. Mrs. Hale also has served as a member of the Council on Professional Standards and was the chair of ASHA's Council for Clinical Certification. She assisted in writing the current educational standards and developing a plan for their implementation. Prior to joining the faculty at Vanderbilt in 2000, Mrs. Hale was Director of the Speech and Hearing Center and a faculty member at the University of Mississippi for twenty-four years.

"I look forward to serving the association as president during 2009," Hale says. "I am particularly interested in continuing our focus on high standards for clinical education, ethical conduct, and evidence-based professional endeavors."

Mrs. Hale also looks forward to celebrating the 40th anniversary of ASHA's Office of Multicultural Affairs, which addresses cultural and linguistic diversity issues related to professionals and persons with communication disorders and differences. It does this by developing opportunities for students and ASHA members to keep pace with the knowledge, skills and technologies required for multicultural literacy in communication disorders and differences; promoting quality service provision in our increasingly pluralistic American society; ensuring full participation of all professionals and students in Association life; and serving as a catalyst for infusing multicultural issues throughout the operations of the Association.

"In the coming year, I hope to play an effective role helping ASHA continue to advocate for its consumers and members and continue to celebrate its diversity," Hale says.  

About the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association
ASHA is the national professional, scientific, and credentialing association for more than 130,000 audiologists, speech-language pathologists, and speech, language, and hearing scientists. Audiologists specialize in preventing and assessing hearing and balance disorders as well as providing audiologic treatment including hearing aids. Speech-language pathologists identify, assess, and treat speech and language problems including swallowing disorders.


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