ASHA Town Meetings and Working Group for Science and Research ASHA’s first Town Meeting for Science and Research was held in Seattle, November 20, 1996 in conjunction with the annual Convention. Well over 100 people attended. The facilitator was David Kuehn, ASHA’s Vice President for Research and Technology, who is an affiliate member and former Coordinator of Division 5. Bruce ... SIG News
SIG News  |   December 01, 1997
ASHA Town Meetings and Working Group for Science and Research
Author Affiliations & Notes
  • David Kuehn
    Department of Speech and Hearing Science, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
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SIG News   |   December 01, 1997
ASHA Town Meetings and Working Group for Science and Research
SIG 5 Perspectives on Speech Science and Orofacial Disorders, December 1997, Vol. 7, 8-9. doi:10.1044/ssod7.1.8
SIG 5 Perspectives on Speech Science and Orofacial Disorders, December 1997, Vol. 7, 8-9. doi:10.1044/ssod7.1.8
ASHA’s first Town Meeting for Science and Research was held in Seattle, November 20, 1996 in conjunction with the annual Convention.
Well over 100 people attended. The facilitator was David Kuehn, ASHA’s Vice President for Research and Technology, who is an affiliate member and former Coordinator of Division 5. Bruce Tomblin, Chair of the Research and Scientific Affairs Committee, provided some rather alarming information. For example, the median age of PhD holders in speech-language pathology is 54 years. The number of PhDs earned has been rather constant at about 125 per year since the 1980s and only half of these people enter academics. Considering that many individuals who enter academics do not conduct any research at all and that many of our colleagues in medical settings are being required to increase time spent in patient contact, as opposed to research, the outlook for expanding our knowledge base through ongoing research efforts does not appear favorable. Also, given better paying jobs elsewhere, many individuals who otherwise might obtain a PhD in our discipline are obtaining advanced degrees in other disciplines, or stopping at the master’s level within our discipline and accepting higher paying jobs that do not involve research.
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