Topic Areas: Leadership and Professional Issues

Topic Chairs: Radhika Aravamudhan and Marva Mount

Content Area: General Interest

Proposals appropriate for submission to this topic area include those that focus on ethics, leadership, coaching/mentoring, recruitment, performance evaluations, self-care, professional development, and Human Resource issues related to speech-language pathology and audiology. Topics in this area come from a wide range of practice environments and appeal to both clinicians, translational researchers, and administrators. Interprofessional education and practice issues as they relate leadership and professional issues should be included in this topic area.


  • Translational, applied, or implementation research related to leadership and professional issues

Professional Education

  • Human Resource management: supervision, performance evaluations, employee discipline
  • Recruitment, retention, and advancement
  • Conflict management
  • Coaching/mentoring
  • Leading interprofessional teams
  • Public speaking and professional communication training
  • Use of support personnel
  • Performance improvement, improvement science, and outcome measurement
  • Leadership program development
  • Self-care, techniques to avoid burnout
  • Volunteerism
  • Clinical Ladders
  • Technology as it relates to Leadership and Professional Issues

Related Topics

Proposals involving this area but have a primary focus on:

  • Issues regarding telehealth/telepractice, including licensure issues related to telepractice should be submitted to the Telepractice topic area.
  • Increasing the representation of men in the professions that addresses male privilege and gender inequities that affect feminized professions should be submitted to the Equity, Inclusion and Influence on Cultural and Linguistic Diversity topic area.

About ASHA

The American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) is the national professional, scientific, and credentialing association for members and affiliates who are audiologists, speech-language pathologists, speech, language, and hearing scientists, audiology and speech-language pathology support personnel, and students.

About the Convention

The ASHA Convention is one of the largest professional development events for audiologists; speech-language pathologists; and speech, language, and hearing scientists. Bringing together approximately 15,000 attendees, the annual Convention offers more than 2,500 sessions eligible for ASHA continuing education credit covering the latest research, clinical skills, and techniques in communication sciences and disorders.

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