Special Interest Group 17, Global Issues in Communication Sciences and Related Disorders I joined SIG 17 in 2012 because of my interest in the globalization of our profession. I have traveled extensively and have been interested in how people in different cultures address the issues that come with communication disorders and the disability that can accompany them. I retired as vice ... SIG Spotlight
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SIG Spotlight  |   December 01, 2016
Special Interest Group 17, Global Issues in Communication Sciences and Related Disorders
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  • Elise Davis-McFarland, CCC-SLP, is a 2016–2018 member at-large on the SIG 17 Coordinating Committee. She begins her term as ASHA president-elect on Jan. 1, 2017. Before her retirement, Davis-McFarland was vice president for student affairs at Trident Technical College in Charleston, South Carolina. elisedavismcfarland@gmail.com
    Elise Davis-McFarland, CCC-SLP, is a 2016–2018 member at-large on the SIG 17 Coordinating Committee. She begins her term as ASHA president-elect on Jan. 1, 2017. Before her retirement, Davis-McFarland was vice president for student affairs at Trident Technical College in Charleston, South Carolina. elisedavismcfarland@gmail.com×
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SIG Spotlight   |   December 01, 2016
Special Interest Group 17, Global Issues in Communication Sciences and Related Disorders
The ASHA Leader, December 2016, Vol. 21, online only. doi:10.1044/leader.SIGS.21122016.np
The ASHA Leader, December 2016, Vol. 21, online only. doi:10.1044/leader.SIGS.21122016.np
When did you join your SIG—and what made you want to join?
I joined SIG 17 in 2012 because of my interest in the globalization of our profession. I have traveled extensively and have been interested in how people in different cultures address the issues that come with communication disorders and the disability that can accompany them.
I retired as vice president of Trident Technical College in 2013. Before moving into upper administration, I developed and coordinated a graduate communication sciences and disorders program at the Medical University of South Carolina. In addition to being an affiliate of SIG 17, I am also a longtime affiliate of SIG 14, Cultural and Linguistic Diversity, for which I chaired the coordinating committee in 2004.
How has your involvement with the SIG helped you in your career?
During my tenure as an academician and program coordinator, my SIG affiliation was a rich source of information and one of several ways that I kept abreast of the profession. SIG 17 was a source of ideas and ways of doing things, which was very useful in my work as an administrator and teacher. In particular, Perspectives was a great source of information about speech-language pathology programs and clinical initiatives in other countries, and it was also a very useful professional development tool. The SIG was also a way to keep in touch with colleagues with interests in international issues related to our profession.
How did you carve out time to volunteer with the SIG while working in your full-time job and balancing other commitments? What advice would you give to someone who’d like to get more involved in the SIG, including how you get support from your supervisor/institution?
Even when I was working, I always found time for SIG 17. Associating with SIG members during the ASHA Convention was a great up-close-and-personal experience amid thousands of convention attendees. Now that I am retired, I am more involved with SIG 17 through my service on the SIG 17 Coordinating Committee. For those who want to be more involved, a good place to begin is by participating in the SIG 17 online community chats and sharing information and ideas with SIG colleagues. Writing for Perspectives is another source of involvement, and so is attending the SIG 17 affiliate meeting during the convention.
Getting support from supervisors or one’s institution can sometimes be challenging. Being able to demonstrate the value and advantages of SIG membership may help to persuade them to support your membership.
What upcoming events related to or sponsored by your SIG should everyone know about? Chats, conferences or convention events?
SIG 17 recently sponsored a very interesting web chat, “Competencies for Global Engagement.” Each of the panelists is engaged in international practices and research. The conversation was very enlightening and thought-provoking.
Each year at the ASHA Convention, SIG 17 sponsors seminars and a short course on issues related to international practice. There is always an affiliates meeting during the convention, and the international lounge is a great way to meet other SIG 17 affiliates and share ideas.
What is your favorite recent Perspectives article, and why?
New SIG 17 Perspectives articles were recently posted in October and December. I thought the October article by Cindy Gill, Sneha Bharadwaj, Paula Chance, Nancy Quick and Sarah Wainscott, “Impetus for Change: Speech-Language Pathology Around the Globe,” was a good perspective on attitudes toward disability and rehabilitation services across the globe.
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