University Faculty Member is First-Time Honoree

June 14, 2019

CONTACT: Dr. J. Dirk Nelson, 806-651-2631,

COPY BY: Brittany Castillo, 806-651-2682,


University Faculty Member is First-Time Honoree

CANYON, Texas— A faculty member at West Texas A&M University is the first to be honored with the Award for Continuing Education by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA).

Dr. Brenda Cross, department head of Communication Disorders, joins a select group of individuals who have made a concerted, personal effort to continue professional learning beyond an academic degree.

The ACE requires speech-language pathologists and audiologists to earn seven ASHA Continuing Education Units (CEUs), which is equivalent to 70 contact hours in a 36 month period. Credit toward the ACE must be earned within a three-year period; however, some individuals complete the requirements in less time and are awarded successive ACEs in less than three years.

“Brenda Cross is the consummate educator and clinician.  Moreover, she has an amazing rapport with faculty, staff, students, as well as patients,” Dr. J. Dirk Nelson, dean of the College of Nursing and Health Sciences, said. “Dr. Cross is an excellent colleague; passionate for her field and is an enthusiastic ambassador on behalf of West Texas A&M University.”

ASHA encourages professionals to continue learning throughout their professional career and to maintain current knowledge and skills. To facilitate this, they approve providers to offer relevant continuing education activities and recognize professional participation through the ACE.



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