January 1, 2013 Association

ASHA News: January 2013

Nominate Colleagues for 2013 Awards

The Committee on Honors seeks nominations for ASHA awards and encourages members to acknowledge exceptional colleagues for their outstanding contributions and achievements. By identifying those who exemplify the best in communication sciences and disorders, you honor the individual and advance the field.

Awardees are recognized at a special ceremony at the ASHA convention. 

Visit the ASHA Awards page for a detailed description of each award, nomination requirements, FAQs, tips for submitting nominations and information on how to submit a nomination. Nominations must be submitted by 3 p.m. EDT on March 20.

HONORS OF THE ASSOCIATION—Recognizes distinguished contributions to the field of speech, language and hearing that have altered and enhanced the professions. Nominees are known for a lifetime of innovative clinical practice, insightful and rigorous research, creative administration, effective legislative activity, outstanding teaching, professional excellence in a single area, or other distinguished professional contributions.

FELLOWSHIP OF THE ASSOCIATION—Recognizes outstanding contributions to the professions that are significant and would be so regarded within and beyond one's community or state. 

SPECIAL CONTRIBUTIONS IN MULTICULTURAL AFFAIRS—Recognizes distinguished achievement and contributions in the areas of multicultural professional education, multicultural research and/or clinical service to multicultural populations. Recipients demonstrate a cultural diversity philosophy that significantly and positively benefits clients, colleagues, students, administrators, agencies, referral sources, funding sources or others.

OUTSTANDING SERVICE AWARD—Recognizes outstanding and exemplary service on behalf of or for the association. Nominees may include an individual or groups of individuals who have demonstrated significant contributions in two of the following areas: administration, program development or service to members.

SPECIAL CONTRIBUTIONS IN HIGHER EDUCATION—Recognizes an individual (or a team of individuals) under contract as a faculty member or clinical instructor at a regionally accredited college or university for distinguished achievement and/or contributions in university and college classroom teaching, clinical teaching, student mentoring or development of new and innovative educational techniques and technologies.

DISTINGUISHED SERVICE AWARD—Recognizes significant contributions by someone who is not a member of ASHA or other communication sciences and disorders organization. Nominees have made a major contribution to the association and the professions in consumer advocacy, governmental affairs, public awareness, research or service.

DOROTHY DREYER AWARD FOR VOLUNTEERISM—Acknowledges extraordinary effort by members who volunteer time and other resources to ASHA. This award's founder wished to acknowledge the time and efforts of ASHA members including those whose employment and/or life constraints precluded the opportunity to hold one of the association's highest elected positions.

EARLY CAREER CONTRIBUTIONS IN RESEARCH AWARD—Acknowledges scientific accomplishments by individuals in the early stages of their careers. Nominees must be under contract with an institution of higher education or other institution where research in communication disorders and sciences is being completed.

OUTSTANDING CONTRIBUTIONS IN INTERNATIONAL ACHIEVEMENT—Recognizes distinguished achievements and significant contributions that have significant international impact by ASHA members or nonmembers in the area of communication disorders. Nominees are eligible based on their work in international education, publications, research, program development, administration or service delivery to people with communication disorders. 

New Award for 2013

OUTSTANDING CONTRIBUTIONS IN PRESCHOOL–GRADE 12 EDUCATION SETTINGS—Recognizes distinguished achievement or contributions in schools through development of new and innovative therapeutic and/or service delivery models, materials and products; research or publications; administration; or advocacy and outreach. 

The 2013 Committee on Honors includes Richard E. Talbott (chair), William Carver, Mary Dale Fitzgerald, Elise Davis-McFarlend, Ellayne Ganzfried, Barbara W. Hodson, Kathleen Evans Peterson, Tommie Robinson, Gloria Weddington and Andrea Falzarano (ex officio).

New Editors Join ASHA Journals 

Two ASHA journals have new editors: Rhea Paul is the language section editor of the Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research, and C. Melanie Schuele is the editor of Language, Speech, and Hearing Services in Schools. Their three-year terms began Jan. 1.

Rhea Paul, an ASHA Fellow, is professor and founding director of the speech-language pathology graduate program at Sacred Heart University, an affiliate at Haskins Laboratories and professor emerita at Southern Connecticut State University. She has served as associate editor for the Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders for four years, is an editor for the Handbook of Autism and Pervasive Developmental Disorders and the Encyclopedia of Autism Spectrum Disorders, and has been a reviewer and guest editor for JSLHR, the American Journal of Speech-Language Pathology and LSHSS. She received faculty scholar awards from Portland State University and Southern Connecticut State University, the 1996 Editor's Award from AJSLP, and the inaugural Ritvo/Slifka Award for Innovative Clinical Research from the International Society for Autism Research in 2010. 

C. Melanie Schuele, an ASHA Fellow, is associate professor in the Department of Hearing and Speech Sciences at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine. Her research focuses on early literacy development, particularly phonological awareness, and complex syntax acquisition in children with specific language impairment and children with typical language development. 

Prior to receiving her PhD, Schuele worked as a speech-language pathologist in schools and early intervention programs. She continues her involvement in school-based practice as a project director for two U.S. Department of Education Personnel Preparation grants and through her research. 

Scheule has chaired ASHA's Research and Scientific Affairs Committee, served on the Science Advisory Board and Lessons for Success Steering Committee, and was associate editor for LSHSS. 

"We are very pleased to announce these new editors," said Anne Smith, chair of ASHA's Publications Board, "and express our sincere gratitude to the outgoing editors, Janna Oetting and Marilyn Nippold, for their extensive service and their commitment to advancing the quality and impact of the ASHA journals."

ASHA Appoints Committee to Follow Up on Health Summit Recommendations

A subcommittee of the ASHA Board of Directors that includes board members and staff will prioritize—and assign groups to enact—the recommendations of 70 health care experts who convened for ASHA's October summit on "The Changing Health Care Landscape." 

The summit explored how changes in health care from fee-for-service to pay-for-performance and value-based delivery will affect speech-language pathologists and audiologists ("A 'Sea Change' in Health Care Reimbursement," Oct. 30, 2012, Leader). 

The summit sought to identify ways that ASHA constituencies can keep pace with health care reform via professional preparation, member and interprofessional education, information dissemination, and national databases that can be used to inform quality improvement and payment systems and to drive evidence-based practice.

The executive summary from the summit is available at our health care reform page. More information will be shared at state conventions, national meetings, on the ASHA website and through other means.

Call for Committee Volunteers

Are you interested in serving on an ASHA committee? Several committees have vacancies for terms that begin Jan. 1, 2014. 

ASHA provides opportunities for members to grow, collaborate and network with colleagues. Members volunteer for many reasons, from developing technical or leadership skills, to giving back to the profession or advancing their careers. Whatever the reason, ASHA encourages you to get involved.

More information about the responsibilities of each committee is available at our directory of Standing Committees, Boards & Councils of the Association. To a review a list of committees and boards with vacancies and to submit a statement of interest, visit the Committee/Board Interest Form.   

The deadline to submit forms is March 6 at 3 p.m. ET. Members will be notified of their appointments at the end of July. 

For more information, contact Haley Jones, volunteer operations manager, at hjones@asha.org.

Access Audiology Spotlights Changes to the Profession

The January/February issue of ASHA Access Audiology focuses on changes in the hearing health care landscape and their impact on the profession of audiology. Neil DiSarno, ASHA's chief staff officer for audiology, offers a glimpse of how future audiologists will achieve long-term management of patients' hearing health, be data driven, routinely record treatment outcomes and patient progress, and collect statistical evidence to validate their care. DiSarno also reports on the summit on the changing health care landscape, hosted by ASHA in October 2012.

ASHA Access Audiology is a bimonthly clinical e-newsletter. To subscribe, send a blank e-mail with "subscribe" in the subject line to accessaudiology@asha.org.


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