Dr. Lynn Williams elected VP of national organization

Lynn Williams

JOHNSON CITY (June 5, 2015) – Dr. Lynn Williams, associate dean in East Tennessee State University’s College of Clinical and Rehabilitative Health Sciences, has been elected to serve as a top-ranking official within a national organization.

Earlier this month, Williams, a speech-language pathologist, was elected vice president for academic affairs in speech-language pathology for the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA).

ASHA is the national professional, scientific and credentialing association for 182,000 members and affiliates who are audiologists, speech-language pathologists, speech, language and hearing scientists, and more.

In her role with ASHA, Williams is charged with identifying issues and forecasting needs and trends; initiating recommendations for actions to advance undergraduate and graduate education in the field; recruiting individuals into the study of human communication sciences and disorders, and more.

In accepting the role, Williams said she will focus on multiple priorities throughout her three-year term with ASHA, which officially begins in January 2016.

“There are several issues that require our attention, including a focus on interprofessional education,” Williams said. “I also want to address the shortage of Ph.D. faculty in research, balancing the demand for admitting more students with retaining the quality of programs we have, and engaging in an international education initiative to prepare students to work in a global society.”

Williams believes her service with ASHA will be beneficial in conducting her duties at ETSU and vice versa.

“Through ASHA, I will be able to have that broader picture of what is happening in education and health care,” she said. “Being at that level and knowing what’s going on in the profession nationally while also being able to advocate for what I see happening in the trenches, these two roles will really go hand-in-hand.”

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