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Student Diversity and Faculty Sufficiency in CSD Academic Programs: Next Steps

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Tuesday, May 7, 2024
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM ET
No Cost to Attend
This webinar qualifies for ASHA’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in Education, Training, Service Delivery, Public Policy requirements.

Academic programs in communication sciences and disorders (CSD) have spent a great deal of effort in the recruitment and retention of a diverse student body. Similarly, as the number of clinical graduate programs increases, programs have focused on not only recruiting qualified faculty, but also supporting their career pathways to promotion and tenure. Data from multiple sources can help us examine the gains we are making, as well as areas for continued work in the CSD education pathways. This webinar will incorporate data from the CSD Education Survey, CSDCAS Applicant Data Report, ASHA membership surveys, ASHA Membership and Affiliation Counts, and the Final Report of the Ad Hoc Committee to Plan Next Steps to Redesign Entry-Level Education for Speech-Language Pathologists. Additionally, we will explore current research and programs in the areas of holistic admissions, student and faculty mentoring, and research education to identify how ASHA and CAPCSD are supporting academic programs as they adapt to meet the changing needs of a changing population.

Learning Objectives

  • Describe three trends in student diversity in audiology and speech-language pathology academic programs in the U.S.
  • Discuss three types of programs and initiatives focused on increasing diversity in CSD academic programs.
  • Identify 5 resources from ASHA and CAPCSD that can help advance faculty careers.

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Time Ordered Agenda
7:00 - 7:05 PM ET Introduction of speakers
7:05 - 7:10 PM ET Overview of surveys and how the data can be applied
7:10 - 7:25 PM ET Exploring diversity data in academic programs - trends and current status
7:25 - 7:35 PM ET Describing faculty sufficiency challenges and trends7:35 - 7:50 PM ET Programs and initiatives focused on increasing diversity in CSD academic programs and supporting faculty recruitment and retention7:50 - 8:00 PM ET Discussion with audience

Judy Blackburn, PhD, CCC-SLP
American Speech-Language-Hearing Association

Judy Blackburn is ASHA's Director of Academic and Clinical Education. She provides expert consultation on matters relating to clinical supervision and the educational preparation of audiologists, speech-language pathologists, and researchers in communication sciences and disorders (CSD). Judy has over 15 years of experience working in a variety of academic and clinical settings, including as a faculty-researcher at Towson University, a training manager at Kennedy Krieger Institute, and a speech-language pathologist with the Baltimore City Public Schools.

Financial: Judy has a financial relationship with the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association that pays her salary.
Non-Financial: Judy has a non-financial relationship with the American-Speech-Language-Hearing Association in that she is an ASHA member.

Christie A. Needham, M.A., CCC-SLP

Baldwin Wallace University

Christie A. Needham, M.A., CCC-SLP, is the Director of Clinical Education, and Professor at Baldwin Wallace University. She earned her B.A. and M.A. from the University of Akron and has been supervising for over 20 years. She leads a thriving clinical education program that serves over 1000 patients during a normal semester. Her research is in clinical education, use of technology, and community engagement practices.


Financial: None
Non-Financial: I currently serve as secretary of CAPCSD on the Board of Directors.

Loretta Nunez, MA, AuD, CCC-A/SLP, FASHA, FNAP

American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA)

Loretta Nunez is ASHA’s Senior Director of Academic Affairs and Research Education. She directs activities supporting academic, clinical and research education encompassing educational initiatives, personnel preparation, and higher education trends and forecasting. Loretta’s extensive experience spans academic, clinical, and professional association settings.


Financial: Employee of ASHA and receive a salary as an employee.
Non-Financial: Professional membership - member of ASHA

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