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NMSU faculty member elected to represent New Mexico on ASHA Advisory Council

Marlene Salas-Provance, associate professor of Special Education and Communication Disorders in the College of Education, has been elected to the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association's Speech-Language Pathology Advisory Council.



Marlene Salas-Provance, New Mexico State University associate professor of Special Education and Communication Disorders and director of the Communication Disorders Program in the College of Education, has been elected to the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association's Speech-Language Pathology Advisory Council. (Courtesy photo)

The American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) is the professional, scientific and credentialing association for 140,000 members and affiliates who are audiologists, speech-language pathologists and speech, language and hearing scientists. It provides governmental oversite and advocacy for legislative issues related to scope of practice, reimbursement and ethical practice.

The advisory council is responsible for identifying and discussing issues of concern to members and providing information of these issues to ASHA's Board of Directors. Each state elects one speech-language pathology member and one audiology member for appointment to the advisory council.

Salas-Provance, who serves as director of the NMSU Communications Disorders Program, said she wanted to serve on ASHA's advisory council because she wanted to represent the speech-language pathologists of New Mexico at the highest levels of the profession.

"I understand the many needs of the professionals and the clients of New Mexico, including a severe shortage of speech-language pathologists, low pay compared to other states, practice issues related to the unique culturally and linguistically diverse population in New Mexico, among others," Salas-Provance said. "My position on ASHA's advisory council brings national attention to the Communication Disorders Program at NMSU as a program that is aware of the issues important to the profession and on the cutting edge in preparation of its students."

Salas-Provance has been been a member of ASHA since 1975. She has served as a member of their Multicultural Issues Board, the Financial Planning Board, coordinator of ASHA's Division 14, Communication Science and Disorders in Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Populations and is currently associate coordinator and founding member of ASHA's newest Division 17, Global Issues in Communication Science and Related Disorders. In 2008, she was named a Fellow of the association, one of its highest awards, and in 2009 she received the Certificate of Recognition for Special Contributions in Multicultural Affairs.

Salas-Provance earned her bachelor's and master's degrees from NMSU, her doctorate in speech-language pathology from the University of Illinois and a second master's in Healthcare Administration from the University of Missouri-Columbia. Her clinical and research interests are in the areas cleft lip and palate, bilingual medical interpreter training, multicultural issues and speech production of young children with cleft palate and of deaf children following cochlear implantation.