ASHA Certified Speech-Language Pathologists Pursuing Doctoral Degrees in Related Areas: An Untapped Doctoral Shortage Resource? The shortage of PhD-level students and faculty has been a longstanding and serious challenge in the Communicative Disorders and Sciences (CDS) field. Although ASHA and university programs around the country have implemented different strategies to recruit individuals into CDS doctoral programs, the shortage persists. In this paper, we make an ... Article
Article  |   October 01, 2012
ASHA Certified Speech-Language Pathologists Pursuing Doctoral Degrees in Related Areas: An Untapped Doctoral Shortage Resource?
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  • Patti Solomon-Rice
    San Francisco State University
  • Betty Yu
    San Francisco State University
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Article   |   October 01, 2012
ASHA Certified Speech-Language Pathologists Pursuing Doctoral Degrees in Related Areas: An Untapped Doctoral Shortage Resource?
SIG 10 Perspectives on Issues in Higher Education, October 2012, Vol. 15, 53-58. doi:10.1044/ihe15.2.53
SIG 10 Perspectives on Issues in Higher Education, October 2012, Vol. 15, 53-58. doi:10.1044/ihe15.2.53

The shortage of PhD-level students and faculty has been a longstanding and serious challenge in the Communicative Disorders and Sciences (CDS) field. Although ASHA and university programs around the country have implemented different strategies to recruit individuals into CDS doctoral programs, the shortage persists. In this paper, we make an argument for expanding the recruitment effort to a group of scholars who have the potential to make important contributions to the CDS field, but who are currently overlooked: ASHA-certified speech-language pathologists (SLPs) pursuing PhDs in related disciplines whose research contributes to the growth the CDS field. CDS is historically an interdisciplinary field, and many distinguished members of ASHA have come from an interdisciplinary background. An analysis of the online biographies of faculty members in the CDS programs among California universities shows a sizeable percentage of faculty members who have received their doctoral training in related fields. These trends suggest that these scholars already make a notable impact on the profession. It is currently unknown, however, whether there might be more doctoral students in related fields who would respond to recruitment efforts to re-enter the CDS field upon graduation. We have little information about this group of scholars and a lack of means to reach out to them. In this paper, we suggest ways to identify, support, and recruit these promising candidates.

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