Message from Celia Hooper, Convention Co-Chair for Speech-Language Pathology

2012 ASHA Convention in Atlanta: Speech-Language Pathology Call for Papers

Celia HooperThe theme for the Atlanta Convention is "Evidence of Excellence: Opportunities and Outcomes." My good friend, fellow North Carolinian and Convention co-chair, Gregg Givens, and I are excited about the theme and its focus on evidence. Eleven years ago, Ray Kent and I, then on the ASHA Executive Board, pooled our resources and gathered a wonderful group of ASHA members to form a coordinating committee around a new concept at the time, evidence-based practice! Many professions were just learning about this concept—using data based evidence to influence clinical decision making and vice versa. Since those years, ASHA members have embraced EBP and we now have a Convention that will embrace this concept! Gregg and I are very excited to be working with a wonderful team of members representing all of you and your varied professional interests as you seek opportunities in your professional life, and the very best outcomes in your research or for your clients/patients/students! We need you to share your evidence of excellence with each other and respond to our Call for Papers. We hope the Convention will be a wonderful opportunity for you!

Convention planning requires many volunteer coordinators, working hard for a year, leading outstanding committee members who are experts in topic areas. These members invite special speakers, review your submissions, and help select the content that you have requested as they respond to the changes in our discipline. Our outstanding group of Topic Chairs this year includes:

Michael Flahive (Saint Xavier University)–Academic and Clinical Education: General Academic Education; Barbara Mathers-Schmidt (Western Washington University)–Academic and Educational Issues Subgroup: Community Engaged Scholarship Area; Rosalind (Ro) Scudder (Wichita State University)–Academic and Educational Issues Subgroup: Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) in CSD; Vicki McCready (University of North Carolina, Greensboro)–Academic and Clinical Education Subgroup: Clinical Education and Supervision; Ashley Frazier (University of North Carolina, Greensboro)–General Interest: Cross Disciplinary and Other; Robert Fox (The Ohio State University)–Issues in Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Populations; Billy Ogletree (Western Carolina University)–Augmentative and Alternative Communication; Linda Watson (University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill)–Autism Spectrum Disorders; Nancy Hall (University of Maine)–Fluency; Lynne Hewitt (Bowling Green State University)–Language and Learning in School Age Children and Adolescents; Anastasia Raymer (Old Dominion University)–Language Disorders in Adults; Marc Fey (University of Kansas Medical Center)–Language in Infants Toddlers and Preschoolers; Sandra Gillam (Utah State University)–Language Science; Maria Grigos (New York University)–Motor Speech in Adults and Children; Kim Corbin-Lewis (Utah State University)–Speech Science; Lynn Flahive (Texas Christian University)–Speech Sound Disorders in Children; Susan Butler (Wake Forest University School of Medicine)–Swallowing and Swallowing Disorders; Linda Carroll (private practice)–Voice Resonance and Alaryngeal Speech; Jamie Perry (East Carolina University)–Voice Resonance and Alaryngeal Speech Sub-Group: Cleft/Craniofacial.

We are also excited to have our Academic and Educational Issues include general issues and four special areas this year: Leadership, Supervision, the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, and the Scholarship of Engagement.

We look forward to seeing you in Atlanta, a warm, welcoming city that represents a past struggle to use opportunities that have produced basic civil rights for all. We encourage you to consider submitting your proposals for review for the Convention Program. We know you can share your own evidence of excellence with members through your work in research, teaching, clinical services, and supervision. Through the sharing of your work, you will help others seize opportunities!