ASHA Vice President for Academic Affairs

Noma B. Anderson, Ph.D.


Let me begin by saying how pleased the ASHA Executive Board was about the Council’s invitation and hosting of a joint meeting in January of the Executive Boards of the Council and ASHA. The major theme was improving our communication and improving our collaboration. The Boards will meet again - via phone in July and face-to-face in January, 1999. ASHA will host the January, 1999 meeting.

There are four items I want to include in my ASHA Academic Update. The first item is that there are three ad hoc working groups examining and making recommendations about issues that have been discussed here at this meeting as current challenges in academics. The first group is a "Think Tank" to address improving our recruitment of persons of color and males into our professions. This working group is being stewarded by Patricia Cole and Vicki Deal-Williams, from the ASHA National Office. Secondly, there is a Working Group on Mentoring. This group is chaired by Arlene Carney, University of Minnesota. The charge to this group includes identifying and addressing the mentoring needs of junior faculty and faculty of color, identifying senior faculty who can be mentors, and identifying strategies for mentoring Ph.D. students to enter higher education. Thirdly, there is a Working Group on Recruitment and Retention of Researchers and Teacher-Scholars. This working group is jointly shepherded by ASHA’s Research and Academic Affairs units.

My second update items is that ASHA’s Executive Board and Facilitating Teams have identified five priorities for the Association for 1999. Multi-year action plans are currently being developed. I am so pleased that three of the five priorities directly address academe. One priority is to address the attrition of doctoral level faculty and researchers in our professions. A second priority is to ensure that the preparation of entry-level practitioners enables them to meet the challenges of the ever-changing workplace. The third priority is to examine different models of clinical, academic and research education.

The third update item is that we are looking forward to seeing you in San Antonio in November. Thanks to the ASHA Academic Affairs Board, Special Interest Division 10, and Academic Affairs unit, we are hoping to have a full day of exciting presentations and a Town Meeting for program directors and faculty.

The fourth update is that in about one week I will be meeting with the NSSLHA Executive Council to solicit their thoughts about matters they would suggest be addressed by ASHA Academic Affairs.

I will close by stating that ASHA has been and will be establishing initiatives that are pertinent and critical ones for academics. These issues correspond with Council’s concerns and efforts. I look forward to increased and improved collaboration.