Any member or non-member of the association may submit a nomination for OSHA awards. All nominees for OSHA awards must be members of OSHA with the exception of agencies or organizations recognized with Honors of the Association or Professional Advocacy. Nominations should not be made known to the nominee prior to their selection. Except for the student scholarship and President’s awards, in order to be selected for an award the nominee must have participated in the profession for no less than five years and must have made an outstanding contribution as defined by the award for which they are nominated. No member may participate as sponsor and/or cosponsor for more than one nominee in any calendar year. All submissions will be reviewed and determined by an affirmative vote of four members of the Nomination and Honors Committee comprised of regional representatives, past honorees and past presidents of the association.
Please submit nomination on a typed, single-spaced document not to exceed one cover sheet, two pages plus three letters of co-sponsorship of the nomination by members of the association.
Title of the award for which the nomination is made (See award descriptions below)
Nominee Information: name, professional title, affiliation and mailing address
A description of the nominee’s specific professional contributions or attributes for which s/he is being nominated. Include a statement of the impact and significance of these skills or activities as they related to the award. Segments of this description may be read during the awards presentation.
Include a resume of the educational and professional activities of the nominee (if available).
Nominations for Honors of the Association must include a brief biographical introduction of the nominee, summarizing his or her educational and career activities. Again, segments of this may be read at the awards ceremony.
LETTERS OF CO-SPONSORSHIP AND SUPPORT
Attach a letter of co-sponsorship of the nomination. This letter could be from speech-language pathologists, audiologists, speech-language pathology assistants, educators of the deaf/HOH or related professionals. Up to two additional letters of support of the nomination may be included (by members or non-members). These letters may include a statement of support from a beneficiary of services (or his or her parent), when appropriate.
Submit the completed nomination packet to the Chair of the Nominations and Honors Committee: Lyndsay Duffus, Past President, c/o OSHA staff via email at:
Please look at the award descriptions below and consider nominating a worthy colleague or organization today!
Honors of the Association
Designated as a “lifetime achievement” award. The intent of this award is to recognize an individual for outstanding history of clinical practice in the field of speech-language pathology, audiology or education of the deaf/HOH.
This award may also be used to recognize outstanding advocacy or program sponsorship by an agency or organization.
Outstanding Clinician Award: Schools/ EI/ECSE
Recognizes a speech-language pathologist, speech-language pathology assistant, audiologist, or educator of the deaf/HOH who consistently demonstrates outstanding clinical, advocacy, or leadership skills in the public school system. This award may recognize general clinical work or a specific, recent clinical achievement.
Outstanding Clinician Award: Clinics, Hospitals, Private Practice
Recognizes a speech-language pathologist, speech-language pathology assistant, audiologist, or educator of the deaf/HOH in a clinic, hospital, or private practice who consistently demonstrates outstanding clinical, advocacy, and/or leadership skills. This award may recognize general clinical work or a specific, recent clinical achievement.
Award of Clinicianship
Recognizes a speech-language pathologist, speech-language pathology assistant, audiologist, or educator of the deaf/HOH whose dedication to the field is reflected in strong clinical and/or leadership skills paired with compassion, empathy, humor, and acts of support to colleagues and clients. Beyond clinical skills, this person’s spirit touches and inspires those around them. This award may also be used to recognize an individual who has made a contribution to the profession in an unusual way.
Outstanding Research or Teaching
Recognizes a colleague whose published research or teaching (professional preparation or continuing education) has contributed to advancing clinical knowledge and/or practice in the fields of speech-language pathology, audiology, or education of the deaf/HOH.
OSHA Professional Advocacy Award
Honors a person who has contributed to the advancement of the visibility, viability, or vitality of our professions. Potential nominees include legislators, philanthropists, SLPs, SLPAs, Audiologists, or any public figure who has shown outstanding advocacy for our professions.
Advancing the professions of speech-language pathology and audiology through education, advocacy, leadership, and collaboration to promote quality services for individuals and communities.