Two Edinboro University faculty members will serve in executive leadership positions within the Pennsylvania Speech-Language-Hearing Association (PSHA) for 2017-18.
Dr. Mary Beth Mason, chairperson of EU’s Speech, Language, and Hearing Department, will serve as PSHA president-elect. Dr. Skye Lewis, assistant professor, will assume the position of vice president for convention planning and programs.
“I’m not the kind of person who can just sit back and talk about the issues,” Mason said. “If something is important to me, I want to be part of that force for change.”
Mason will work with PSHA members to educate professionals and the public, update the organization’s strategic plan and act as a liaison between the industry and state legislators.
Founded in 1960, PSHA is comprised of speech pathologists, audiologists and educators of individuals with hearing impairments. The organization recommends standards for training and practices; informs the public about careers and services dealing with speech, language and hearing disorders; and monitors the Pennsylvania licensing board for speech/language pathology and audiology.
“It’s crucial for us to inform the profession about issues surrounding legislation,” Mason said. “Personally, this is an opportunity for me to help educate the public and our community.”
At the state level, both Mason and Lewis will serve as the bridge between Edinboro students and the audiology and speech-language pathology profession.
“Their commitment to voluntarily serve the needs of their Pennsylvania colleagues and patients is a terrific example of professionalism for our students to emulate,” said Dr. Roy Shinn, interim associate dean of EU’s College of Science and Health Professions. “Their leadership at the state level will generate pride in our department from our students, faculty and alumni.”
Mason joined the Speech, Language, and Hearing Department in 2015. She serves as the director of the Master of Arts in Audiology & Speech-Language Pathology program. Several of her articles on communication disorders that stem from nervous system impairments have been featured in national publications such as Communication Disorders Quarterly and the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association’s Perspectives of Gerontology.
An EU faculty member since 2013, Lewis teaches courses in fluency disorders at the graduate level. In 2016, she was one of 20 professionals selected for a Stuttering Foundation fellowship at the University of Iowa to study methods to prevent, assess, treat and live with stuttering.
Lewis will lead the planning for the 2018 statewide convention in March. The PSHA convention draws nearly 600 students and professionals attendees for workshops, speakers and research presentations.
“As someone who values education, I believe it is important for speech-language pathologists and audiologists to remain current,” Lewis said. “Our annual professional convention is an easy way for practicing therapists to do this without leaving the state of Pennsylvania. I want to make sure that there are a variety of offerings at the convention – something for everyone.”
Edinboro’s pre-professional Bachelor of Science program in Speech and Hearing Sciences has prepared students for graduate-level studies in audiology, speech-language pathology and related fields since 1960. Graduates of the program continue their education at more than 50 accredited graduate programs across the United States, such as the University of Pittsburgh, West Virginia University, Kent State University and Edinboro’s own highly-competitive graduate program.
Established in 1974, Edinboro’s Master of Arts in Speech-Language Pathology is accredited by the Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology and approved by the Pennsylvania Department of Education.
For more information about undergraduate and graduate programs in EU’s Speech, Language, and Hearing Department, visit www.edinboro.edu/slh.
Photo caption: Dr. Skye Lewis, left, and Dr. Mary Beth Mason were selected to represent Edinboro University on the Pennsylvania Speech-Language-Hearing Association executive-level leadership for 2017-2018.