Awards:
NJSHA Honors & Awards Descriptions

Award Descriptions

Honors of the Association
Program of the Year
Distinguished Clinical Achievement Award
Distinguished Professional Service Award 
Distinguished Achievement Award 
Distinguished Service Award
Dr. George Gens Volunteer of the Year Award

Past Award Winners
Awards Nomination Form (pdf)

Honors of the Association
This is the highest honor this professional organization can bestow upon an individual. The award recognizes significant contributions to NJSHA and the professions of speech-language pathology and audiology. The nominee must be a NJSHA member for at least five years and have taken significant leadership roles in the Association on a broad and continuous basis.

Program of the Year
This award recognizes an innovative idea or strategy which has been in operation for two or more years, is still ongoing and has demonstrated its effectiveness in one or more of the following areas: (a) providing a unique service to individuals with speech, language , and/or hearing disorders, (b) providing intervention for an underserved population, (c) advancing the practice of speech-language pathology and/or audiology, (d) promoting the profession of speech-language pathology and/or audiology, and (e) increasing public awareness of speech, language, and/or hearing disorders. The program cannot be nominated by the program’s director or a clinical service provider in the program and cannot be nominated if the director was a past recipient of the Distinguish Clinical Achievement Award based on their accomplishments as the director of the program.

Distinguished Clinical Achievement Award
This award recognizes a speech-language pathologist or audiologist who is a member in good standing of NJSHA with five or more years of professional experience whose primary responsibility is in direct service to individuals with speech, language and/or hearing disorders. This individual demonstrated distinguished service in some or all of the following areas: (a) provides exemplary service to patients and families, (b) is recognized as an expert by his or her peers, (c) shares expertise through teaching, mentoring, supervising, and/or professional presentations, (d) develops innovative programs, (e) actively pursues continuing education, and is actively involved in the advancement of the profession. If the nominee is the director of a clinical program or a clinical service provider in a program that previously received the Program of the Year Award; the nominee must be nominated for significant achievement in a different clinical area. 

Distinguished Professional Service Award
This award recognizes a member in good standing of NJSHA with five or more years of professional experience whose primary responsibilities are in academics, research or as an administrator of speech-language and/or audiology services. This individual demonstrates distinguished service in some or all of the following areas: (a) develops or supports new and innovative techniques in the field of speech-language pathology or audiology, (b) recognized as a leader by experts in their field, (c) shares expertise through teaching, mentoring, supervising, publishing and/or professional presentations, (d) has made contributions that have advanced the profession on local, state and/or a national levels, and/or (e) actively pursues continuing education.

Distinguished Achievement Award
This award recognizes an individual who has made effective use of clinical services and made significant improvement during the past year in their communication skills as a result of unusual dedication, motivation, effort and perseverance.

Distinguished Service Award
This award honors a non-member individual or organization who demonstrates support for the goals and mission of NJSHA and NJSHA members. Nominees should have made a major contribution to the professions in one or more of the following areas: (a) consumer advocacy, (b) governmental affairs, (c) public awareness, (d) research or (e) service to NJSHA and the lives of those we serve.

Dr. George Gens Volunteer of the Year Award
This Board of Directors nominated award recognizes individuals or groups who are members in good standing of NJSHA who have made a significant contribution through their voluntary efforts to support the programs and mission of NJSHA. Their voluntary efforts must have demonstrated exemplary leadership, creativity, cooperation and hard work while providing outstanding service to NJSHA members through work on a NJSHA committee, NJSHA sub-committee, county association, NJSHA special project or through a voluntary community project which exemplifies service and dedication to the fields of speech-language pathology or audiology and should also serve as a model of volunteerism to others. This individual or group may have made these contributions over a defined period of time or over a period of many years.

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