Spotlight on Special Interest Group 11, Administration and Supervision Special Interest Group 11, Administration and Supervision, is featured. SIG Spotlight
SIG Spotlight  |   July 01, 2013
Spotlight on Special Interest Group 11, Administration and Supervision
Author Notes
  • Mark Deruiter, PhD, CCC-A/SLP is clinical program director and director of graduate studies in Speech-Language-Hearing Sciences at the University of Minnesota, and SIG 11 associate coordinator.
  • Melanie Hudson, MA, CCC-SLP is the national director for EBS Healthcare and SIG 11 coordinator.
  • Melissa Passe, MA, CCC-SLP is clinical director of the Speech and Hearing Clinic at Truman State University and SIG 11 Perspectives editor.
  • Kerrilyn Phillips, SLPD, CCC-SLP is an associate professor at Louisiana Tech University and SIG 11 Perspectives editor.
  • Elizabeth Zylla-Jones, MS, CCC-SLP is a clinical professor at Auburn University and SIG 11 Perspectives editor.
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Professional Issues & Training / SIG Spotlight
SIG Spotlight   |   July 01, 2013
Spotlight on Special Interest Group 11, Administration and Supervision
The ASHA Leader, July 2013, Vol. 18, online only. doi:10.1044/
The ASHA Leader, July 2013, Vol. 18, online only. doi:10.1044/
When was SIG 11 founded?
SIG 11 was founded in 1988.
How many affiliates does SIG 11 have?
As of June 2013, SIG 11 has 1,248 affiliates.
Why should ASHA members affiliate with SIG 11?
SIG 11 is a driving force in bringing to light current issues and concerns in supervision. The results of a 2010 SIG 11 survey revealed that although most affiliates have not had formal preparation and education in the supervisory process, most indicated that formal training and education is important. In response to this survey, SIG focused further discussion and advocacy on supervisory training. ASHA's Board of Directors recognized SIG 11's efforts in 2013 with the formation of an ad hoc committee on supervision to explore the need for supervisory training.
As SLPs and audiologists, most of us will assume supervisory roles at some point in our careers. SIG 11 affiliates have the opportunity to play an active role in the future of education and training in supervision, while increasing their own knowledge and skills in this important area.
How does SIG 11 affect the membership at large?
SIG 11 affects the membership at large in the following ways:
  • We listen to the heartbeat of the membership regarding issues related to supervision.

  • We have worked to raise issues regarding supervisory training to the Board of Directors to ensure that our discipline maintains its high standards.

  • We continually scan the landscape in issues related to administration.

  • We present issues to our affiliates—and the entire discipline—by publishing our Perspectives on issues across work settings: schools, private practice, and health care. This publication is available to all ASHA members.

View our video to learn more about SIG 11 and our initiatives.
What are two benefits of affiliating with SIG 11 that everyone should know about?
Affiliates have access to discussion boards with like-minded people who share similar problems and have similar questions, as well as access to articles related to supervision and administration and the chance to earn CEUs for reading them.
Which of your recent Perspectives articles is a must-read for CSD professionals, and why?
The article "Social Hour: Clinical Training inCognitive-Communicative Disorders," by Shannon Salley and Wendy Pulliam, addresses a different area of supervision-cognitive-communicative training-in university programs. The article provides an example of how to use "real world" activities to make communication meaningful in everyday contexts. Exposing graduate clinicians to this mindset early in the training process allows them to think about language as a dynamic entity in everyday activities.
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