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.

The Lecture is sponsored by Compton Publishing and is developed by Special Interest Group (SIG) 19, Speech Science, as part of the Annual Convention Program Committee.


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 19's Coordinating Committee to submit her or his lecture for the annual ASHA Convention.)

Additionally, SIG 19 requests a synopsis of the lecture, between 1,500–3,000 words, for publication as a future column in Perspectives of the ASHA Special Interest Groups.

Selection Committee

The Selection Committee consists of past lecturers and the SIG 19 Coordinating Committee.


The recipient receives a stipend of $2,000 made available by a generous contribution from Compton Publishing. The stipend is intended to cover expenses associated with travel to and stay during the annual ASHA Convention. The recipient's Convention registration will be covered by ASHA.


Beginning in February of each year, a member of the SIG 19 Coordinating Committee contacts the Selection Committee for nominees for the award.

For more information or to suggest a nominee, please contact the SIG 19 Coordinator, Don Finan, at

Past Recipients

View a list of past recipients.

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