About Special Interest Group 10, Issues in Higher Education


To address issues affecting academicians in undergraduate and graduate programs so that together we can provide a collective voice in the Association.

Mission Statement

To foster development of ever-expanding knowledge of instruction, learning strategies, and curriculum to provide the underpinnings of education and skills for practice of the profession. To foster collaboration among programs, faculty, research laboratories, and administration so that common concerns are addressed and resolved in the best interests of our academic members.

What Makes Us Unique

Unification and collaboration among faculty at different ranks, levels of experience, responsibilities and expertise.


SIG 10 has begun to plan for the future. The primary goals are to:

  • Disseminate state-of-the-art information on curriculum and instructional practices that are critical to the preparation of speech-language pathologists and audiologists.
  • Provide a forum for discussion and exploration of academic-related issues, such as research findings and initiatives, innovative instructional practices, and progressive methods for clinical supervision.
  • Foster discussion of appropriate curricula and training in research methodology in applied and basic scientific techniques.
  • Discuss and develop better ways to provide academic and clinical education.
  • Promote alternative models for delivering quality education to students and practitioners based on lifelong learning needs.
  • Help members understand and cope with the challenges universities face in view of current demographic, political, economic, legislative, and service delivery issues.
  • Provide members with information about quality education programs across settings.
  • Encourage debate about academic issues.
  • Prepare educators to understand and provide instruction in corroboration with present and impending health care and marketplace changes.
  • Provide a mechanism for coordinating information, implementing strategies, and developing action plans related to academic issues that emerge from various related professional groups and forums (i.e., CGPCSD, ASHA Colloquy).

Professional and Study Issues

  • Best practices
  • Career ladders
  • Clinical education
  • Distance learning
  • Downsizing
  • Ethics
  • Faculty development
  • Materials and software application for instructional resources and innovations
  • Mentorship
  • Multicultural Issues
  • Performance evaluation
  • Program evaluation
  • Recruitment and retention
  • Reimbursement
  • Research
  • Preparation of speech-language pathology assistants
  • Student evaluation
  • Use of technology in the classroom, clinic, and laboratory

Affiliate Benefits and SIG Programs

Perspectives of the ASHA Special Interest Groups

Perspectives of the ASHA Special Interest Groups is the SIG's online publication. SIG 10's continuously-built issue contributes 2 self-study CE activities a year.

Online Chats

SIGs sponsor live online chats. These events feature topic experts who answer questions from the audience. All ASHA and NSSLHA members may attend. Live online chats are not eligible for CEUs. Archived chats can be accessed online.

Continuing Education

  • The SIG sponsors a Short Course and a seminar at the annual ASHA Convention.
  • Perspectives contains continuing education articles. Readers may earn ASHA continuing education credit by completing self-study questions related to those articles. SIG affiliates may complete the self-study for a $5 processing fee.
  • Short Course: SIG affiliates are eligible for a 50% discount on select Short Courses at the ASHA Convention.


SIG affiliates have the opportunity to identify others with interest in issues in higher education:

  • SIG 10 has an online community where affiliates can discuss topics related to higher education.
  • SIG 10 hold an annual affiliate meeting at the ASHA Convention.

Representation Within ASHA

  • The SIG 10 Coordinator represents the Special Interest Group on Issues in Higher Education within the ASHA Board of Special Interest Group Coordinators.
  • The Coordinating Committee responds to ASHA requests for input regarding policy, guidelines, committees, and other issues.
  • Affiliates have the opportunity to provide input to the SIG leadership and ASHA.

Coordinating Committee Members

2015–2017 Coordinator: Monica Gordon Pershey, Cleveland State University
2012–2016 Associate Coordinator: John Folkins, Bowling Green University
2016–2018 Perspectives Editor: Patrick Finn, University of Georgia
2014–2016 Professional Development Manager: Patrick R. Walden, St. John's University
2014–2016 Member-At-Large: Angela Anthony, Eastern Illinois University
2015–2017 Member-At-Large: Richard (Rik) Lemoncello, Pacific University
Ex Officio: Froma Roth, Associate Director, Academic Affairs and Research Education, ASHA

Additional SIG Volunteers

2016–2018 Perspectives Associate Editor: Maria Claudia Franca, Southern Illinois University Carbondale

Editorial Review Committee

Patrick Finn, Editor
Maria Claudia Franca, Associate Editor
Stacy K. Betz
Jean L. Blosser
Sally Ann Giess
Ana C. Harten
Wanda M. Kent
Robert E. Moore
Patti Solomon-Rice
Lizbeth J. Stevens
Colleen K. Worthington
Betty Tu
Froma P. Roth, Ex Officio
Patrick Roy Walden, PDM

Professional Development Committee

Patrick Roy Walden, Professional Development Manager
Mirian O. Krause 
Christie A. Needham
Patrick Finn, Editor
Maria Claudia Franca, Associate Editor
Froma P. Roth, Ex Officio 

Staff Liaison for Communications

Frank Wisswell, Production Editor, ASHA

Board Liaisons

Robert C. Fifer, 2016–2018 Vice President for Audiology Practice
Sandra Laing Gillam, 2015–2017 Vice President for Speech-Language Pathology Practice

ASHA Corporate Partners