Honors and Awards

John M. Pettit, Ph.D., Chair, Honors and Awards Committee

Radford University

Cheryl M. Scott, Ph.D.

Oklahoma State University

  1. Jeanne Wilcox, Ph.D.

Arizona State University

The Honors and Awards Committee of the Council of Graduate Programs in Communication Sciences and Disorders is privileged to present three awards this evening.

Award Of Appreciation

The first award is the Award of Appreciation, which is presented to individuals in recognition of significant contributions to the Council or to the discipline which it serves.

All of us in this Council know what it means to contribute substantially to our discipline and to graduate education. But let us tell you how this colleague has contributed. Over the course of his nearly three decades of research, teaching, and professional service to our discipline, his scholarly works are found in more than 70 publications - including books, contributed chapters and journal articles. Collectively, his research, innovative conceptualizations, and computer applications have had a profound impact on our understanding of childhood language disorders and intervention. Countless students, many of whom are now among the leaders in our discipline, have benefited from his teaching and mentorship.

His extensive record of training workshops and seminars have enabled practitioners throughout the world to update their skills and knowledge. This list doesnít stop here. This individualís record of service to his institution, the profession and this Council should inspire us all. His skills and energies have been applied in this regard by serving as editor and editorial consultant to all our major journals; to continuing service on interdisciplinary conference committees at state, national and international levels; and to unselfish donation of his time to activities of this Council - as we all attempt to ensure that the scientific base for our discipline and associated training programs remain of the highest quality. So the obvious becomes increasingly clear. Our recipient has fulfilled all of the criteria.

It is a pleasure and honor to present the Council of Graduate Programs in Communication Sciences and Disorders Award of Appreciation to Dr. Jon F. Miller.

Award For Distinguished Contributions

The second award this evening is the Award for Distinguished Contributions. This award is presented for significant and sustained contributions to the Council that have made a real difference in the Councilís ability to serve its membership.

This eveningís honoree was an undergraduate psychology major at Ohioís prestigious Oberlin College in the late 60ís, where, we suspect, her leadership skills were already well known. After receiving her Ph.D. in hearing and speech science from the University of Tennessee, she began her teaching career at the University of Arkansas where she remains today as Professor in the Communication Disorders Program.

A true eclectic, this individual has become well known locally, regionally, and nationally for her scholarship in the communication disorders of the aging population, for her classroom and continuing education instruction, for her administrative skills, and for her substantive professional service contributions. She was instrumental in the development of the Arkansas Speech Language Hearing Association and received the Honors of that Association in 1992. The previous year she had become a Fellow of the American Speech Language Hearing Association. At ASHA she has provided leadership in standards, accreditation, and liaison with academic training programs. Two major books on intervention with adult neurogenic populations have been published in the last two years.

This person has served the Council in several important capacities since the early 1990ís. She was Program Co-Chair in 1993 and Program Chair the following year. Thereafter, she began a three year period of service on the Executive Board as President-Elect, President in 1995-96, and Past President. Those lucky enough to have served with her during this time know first hand the tremendous energy and creativity she brought to the Council.

We know her as a professor, administrator, and Council leader, but others in Fayetteville and Arkansas know her as an actress. This woman of many talents has found time to act in award-winning university and community theater productions. It is our hope that the Council will be one of the center stages she graces in years to come.

For her many contributions to the Council and the competence, good humor, and style in which she delivered them, it is an honor and privilege for the Council to present the Award for Distinguished Contributions to Dr. Barbara B. Shadden.

Honors Of The Council

Our third and final award this evening is that of the Honors of the Council. This award is presented to those individuals whose contributions to the Council and/or to graduate education in Communication Sciences and Disorders have been of such magnitude in the discipline that they are recognized throughout the professional community. The Honors of the Council is the Highest honor the Council can bestow and has only been presented eleven times in the Councilís eighteen year history.

The individual we honor this evening received the B.A. degree in English from a small liberal arts college in Ohio. This scholar next earned the Masterís degree from Purdue University and then returned to southern Ohio to earn the doctorate at the University of Cincinnati. This clinician-scholar continued her university career at this institution and has been there for the past 27 years. During this time, she established an outstanding record of service to the academy and the discipline in proceeding through the ranks as a clinical coordinator of clinical services, an adjunct professor, an assistant professor, an associate professor, a professor and has served as the chair of the department for the past eight years.

Her numerous publications represent a broad spectrum in clinical, academic, and administrative areas with an extensive body of scientific contributions in child language and child language disorders. In the latter case she has published some of the seminal work in the area of literacy, pragmatics, and public school practices. Among her many publications, she is one of the authors of a highly respected and fundamental textbook used by students, clinicians, faculty, and professionals in the discipline. It would be literally impossible to individually review all of the professional presentations, workshops, and invited lectures she has conducted over the past fourteen years - but I will share with you that they number well over 175 in every area imaginable in both national and international arenas.

She has served with distinction, good humor, common sense, intelligence and grace in over a dozen different offices, committees and chair positions for ASHA. She served as a legislative counselor from 1992-94 and again from 1996-98 and was elected a Fellow of the Association in 1985. She is the only person, I know, who has been elected president of four different professional associations in our discipline.

Her contributions to our Council have been extensive and continuous over the past decade. She served on the Councilís Executive Board for six years and among the important Council offices she held are those of Chair of the Information Exchange Committee and of course Council President in 1993-94. During this time she was instrumental in helping shape the development of the Council as an important influence in the discipline and was one of the major leaders in the movement to liberalize our accreditation procedures and policies which govern our graduate programs in Communication Sciences and Disorders. In fact, she served on the ASHA and Councilís Joint Ad-Hoc Committee on Academic Accreditation, the Academic Accreditation Transition Team, and was the first Chair of the Council on Academic Accreditation (CAA).

It has been a privilege and a joy to have known her over the last thirty years as a colleague and a friend. It is with great pleasure for me to present on behalf of the Council of Graduate Programs in Communication Sciences and Disorders the Honors of the Council to Dr. Nancy A. Creaghead.