Eastern Michigan University professor named vice president of research and academic development by national volunteer-based organization

by Cherese Colston, Published May 11, 2012

Eastern Michigan University professor Sarah Ginsberg has been named vice president of research and academic development by a national, volunteer-based organization that educates and develops future researchers, leaders and clinicians in the field of communication sciences and disorders.

Ginsberg, coordinator for the EMU Department of Special Education's speech pathology program, will begin her new role at the Council of Academic Programs in Communication Sciences and Disorders July 1.

Ginsberg will be responsible for overseeing a variety of academic and research-related activities for the council, which has headquarters in Minneapolis, Minn. Activities include the development of summer programs that focus on doctoral studies and research for students, and establishing scholarships for speech-language pathology and audiology students.

Ginsberg says volunteering is her way of thanking those who've helped her along the way.

"Volunteerism is a way to give back to the community, to repay the efforts of those who have gone before me, supervising me when I was a graduate student, shaping the direction of growth within our professional organizations, and keeping our fields vital," said Ginsberg.

It is critical to the field of communication sciences and disorders, she said. For EMU's speech-language pathology program, undergraduate students are required to perform a minimum of 25 hours of direct observation in the community.

Graduate students have to complete a minimum of 375 hours of clinical experience with real clients and patients. These opportunities are possible because of the community clinicians who volunteer to work with the students.

"Our education programs could not exist were it not for the outstanding volunteerism that is so much a tradition in our fields," said Ginsberg. "We owe an enormous debt of gratitude to these supervisors for playing such a critical role in the education of our students."  

Ginsberg says EMU students are why she looks forward to teaching every day.

"They stimulate my thinking and excite me about research with their interests, as well as their enthusiasm for learning everything they can about our field," Ginsberg said. "This makes it exciting to come to work. Working with our students at EMU has been the most rewarding aspect of my career in the past 25 years."

Ginsberg has worked at EMU since fall 2000. She earned both her bachelor's and master's degrees in communication sciences and disorders from Case Western Reserve University in 1989. She received doctorate in educational leadership from EMU in 2004.

The Council of Academic Programs in Communication Sciences and Disorders represents over 250 academic programs in the U.S. and abroad encompassing over 2,000 academic, clinical and administrative staff committed to educating undergraduate and graduate students in Communication Science and Disorders.


Cherese Colston

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