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Researcher-Academic Town Meeting

The Researcher-Academic Town Meeting (RATM) is an invitation-only event at the ASHA Convention. The purpose of the event is to:

  1. Bring together senior researchers and PhD-level academics (including international PhD-level faculty/researcher affiliates in attendance at Convention), new PhD-level faculty, PhD students, and student awardees for a presentation and discussion on a timely topic related to science and research or academic issues.
  2. Provide the opportunity for new PhD-level faculty, PhD students, and student awardees to interact with seasoned faculty/researchers by having them interact and converse with faculty and researchers.
  3. Provide the opportunity for networking and socializing among all event attendees.

2021 Meeting 

ASHA Annual Convention
Wednesday, November 17, 2021
Washington, DC (Virtual)

Let’s Talk About Competency-Based Education

Competency-based education (CBE) is an approach to preparing students for practice that is based on outcomes and organized around competencies. It deemphasizes time-based training and curriculum ‘inputs’ and facilitates greater accountability, flexibility, and learner centeredness. A CBE approach entails determining what constitutes a “practice-ready professional”, advancing students through a program based on the competencies they demonstrate, and confirming that graduates are sufficiently competent to graduate and enter the profession. It is strongly linked to current evidence based educational theories. Several advantages of a CBE approach have been reported. For example, CBE enhances relevance (by making the relationship between the curriculum and professional practice explicit), accountability (by emphasizing quality assurance), flexibility (by encouraging innovation in the form of course delivery and educational strategy), and continuity (by making the outcomes expected at each phase of education unambiguous across undergraduate, graduate, and continuing education). The speakers will explain how CBE has been effectively implemented by other healthcare professional education programs as well as in speech-language pathology in Australia. A discussion will be held regarding the exploration of potential for CBE to advance the preparation of audiologists and speech-language pathologists in the United States. Perspectives about the impact of CBE on learners, pedagogy, curricula, credentialing (accreditation and certification), and consumers will be discussed. 

This event is by invitation only. Contact for more information.

Keynote Presenter


  • CFCC – Patti Solomon-Rice, PhD, CCC-SLP, CFCC Chair, Founding Director, Woolfolk School of Communication Sciences and Disorders, Associate Professor of Communication Disorders, Our Lady of the Lake University.
  • CAA – Mary Sue Fino-Szumski, PhD, MBA, CCC-A, Director of Clinical Education and Associate Professor, Department of Hearing and Speech Sciences, Vanderbilt University Medical Center.
  • CAPCSD – Tori Gilbert, MS, CCC-SLP, Teaching Assistant Professor, SLP Externship Coordinator, Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders, West Virginia University.

Past Meeting Presentations

2020 Researcher-Academic Town Meeting on Behavioral Machine Intelligence for Health Applications (The 2020 RATM and ASHA Convention was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.)

2019 Researcher-Academic Town Meeting on It's Critical! The Assessment and Development of Critical Thinking, presentation [PDF] by Drs. Robert M. Augustine, Patrick Finn, and Ou Lydia Liu

2018 Researcher-Academic Town Meeting on Using Reporting Guidelines to Improve the Reliability and Value of Clinical Research, presentation [PDF] by Dr. Jason Roberts

2017 Researcher-Academic Town Meeting on Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) in Clinical Education and Supervision, presentation [PDF] by Dr. Mindi Anderson

2016 Researcher-Academic Town Meeting on Responding to Changes in Scholarly Publishing, presentation [PDF] by Dr. Ray Kent

2015 Researcher-Academic Town Meeting on Advancing the Science and Use of Patient-Reported Outcome Measures (PROMS), presentation [PDF] by Dr. Alan M. Jette

2014 Researcher-Academic Town Meeting on Systems Level Change: The Role of Implementation Science, presentation [PDF] by Dr. Donald Kincaid

2013 Joint Research Academic Town Meeting/ASHA Approved CE Provider Workshop on Interprofessional Education: Moving Toward a Collaborative Era through Preprofessional Education and Lifelong Learning, presentation [PDF] by Dr. Barbara Brandt

2012 Researcher-Academic Town Meeting on Preparing Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologists to Provide Value-Based Services in the New Economic Climate, presentation [PDF] by Dr. Alex Johnson and Dr. Robert Burkard

2011 Researcher-Academic Town Meeting on Training the Next Generation of Clinical Researchers, presentation [PDF] by Dr. Melissa Duff and Dr. Mary Pat Moeller

2010 Researcher-Academic Town Meeting on Building Capacity for the Research Doctorate

2009 Researcher-Academic Town Meeting on Clinical Practice Research in Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology: The Final Frontier, presentation [PDF] by Dr. Laura Justice and Dr. Nancy Tye-Murray.

2008 Researcher-Academic Town Meeting on Perspectives on Teaching and Technology: Micro and Macro Applications, presentation [PDF] by Dr. Sarah Ginsberg, Dr. Lissa Power-de Fur, Dr. Carol Dudding, and Dr. Doug Martin.

2007 Researcher-Academic Town Meeting on Team Science: Reframing a Familiar Concept for Contemporary Research Issues in Communication Sciences and Disorders, presentation [PDF] by Dr. Dennis Matthews and comments [PDF] by Dr. Thomas Helfer, Dr. Ray Kent, Dr. Elena Plante, Dr. Bruce Tomblin.

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