The Willard R. Zemlin Lecture in Speech Science

The Willard R. Zemlin Lecture in Speech Science, initiated in 2000, commemorates the life and work of the late Willard R. Zemlin, PhD. Dr. Zemlin is well-known for his contributions to the field of speech-language pathology and audiology through his texts detailing the anatomy and physiology of the speech and hearing mechanism.

The purpose of the Lecture is to honor the work of a speech scientist who has demonstrated outstanding contributions to the broad spectrum of issues concerning speech science.

Since its inception, the Lecture has been sponsored by Pearson Higher Education/Allyn & Bacon, publisher of Zemlin's texts.  As part of the Annual Convention Program Committee, Special Interest Group (SIG) 5, Craniofacial and Velopharyngeal Disorders, develops the lecture each year.


The nominee must demonstrate outstanding contributions to the broad spectrum of issues concerning speech science.

Lecture and Perspectives Content

The lecture must meet all the standards for learning activities offered for ASHA Continuing Education Units (CEUs). In particular, the content of the lecture must be

  • scholarly in nature,
  • presented at the graduate level or above, and
  • delivered by presenters with recognized scholarly competence in the topic.

(Note: The lecturer will be contacted by a member of SIG 5's Coordinating Committee to submit her or his lecture for the annual ASHA Convention.)

Additionally, SIG 5 requests a synopsis of the lecture, between 1,500–3,000 words, for publication as a future column in SIG 5's publication, Perspectives on Craniofacial and Velopharyngeal Disorders.

Selection Committee

The Selection Committee consists of past lecturers and the SIG 5 Coordinating Committee.


The recipient receives a stipend of $1,000 made available by a generous contribution from Pearson Higher Education/Allyn & Bacon. The stipend is intended to cover expenses associated with travel to and stay during the annual ASHA Convention. SIG 5 covers Convention registration and provides free affiliation in SIG 5 for life if the lecturer is an ASHA member.


Beginning in February of each year, a member of the SIG 5 Coordinating Committee contacts the Selection Committee for nominees for the award.

For more information or to suggest a nominee, please contact the SIG 5 Associate Coordinator, Scott Dailey, at [email protected].

Past Recipients

View a list of past recipients.

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