ASHA Awards

The 2021 Nominations Process is now closed.

To submit a nomination for 2022, the application period for ASHA Award nominations opens in January 2022.

Committee on Honors meets in late June to review nominations and select the year's recipients. Award recipients are notified in mid to late July.

Recipients are honored at the Award Ceremony during the Annual Convention.

Nomination Resources:


  • Louis M. DiCarlo Award for Recent Clinical Achievement recognizes an individual for significant accomplishments in the advancement of clinical service in speech-language pathology and/or audiology. The criteria include providing a description of a specific clinical achievement by the nominee within the last 6 years.
  • Frank R. Kleffner Lifetime Clinical Career Award honors an individual's exemplary contributions to clinical science and practice over a period of no less than 20 years. Areas of achievement may be in administration, research, teaching, or supervision.
  • Rolland J. Van Hattum Award made to one individual in recognition of exemplary commitment and contribution to the delivery of audiology and/or speech-language pathology services within a school setting. A nominee for the Rolland J. Van Hattum Award should demonstrate outstanding commitment and specific contribution to the delivery of audiology and/or speech-language pathology services in a school setting.


  • Honors of the Associationrecognizes members for their distinguished contributions to the discipline of communication sciences and disorders and is the highest honor the Association bestows.
  • Fellowship of the Association - recognizes an individual who made outstanding contributions to the discipline of communication sciences and disorders.
  • Dorothy Dreyer Award for Volunteerism - recognizes an individual who has made significant and outstanding volunteer contributions to ASHA and serves as a model of volunteerism to others. It was the founder's wish that this award be used to acknowledge the volunteer time and efforts of current ASHA members including those who, through employment and/or life constraints, may not have been afforded the opportunity to hold one of the highest elected positions in the Association.
  • Distinguished Service Award - recognizes significant contributions to the professions of speech-language pathology and/or audiology by living persons who are not members of the ASHA. Nominees, both international and domestic, may include: 1) an individual; 2) a group of individuals; or 3) a non-profit organization. Nominees should make, or have made, a major contribution to the Association, the professions of audiology and/or speech-language pathology, or consumerism in one or more of the following areas:  
    • Consumer advocacy
    • Legislative or other governmental affairs activity
    • Public awareness
    • Research
    • Service to the Association
    • Service to the community
  • Certificate of Recognition for Outstanding Contributions in International Achievement -recognizes distinguished achievements and significant contributions in the area of communication disorders revealing great international impact from their work. ASHA members and non-members are eligible based on their work in one or more of the following areas:
    • International education
    • Publications
    • Research
    • Program development
    • Administration
    • Service delivery to persons with communication disorders
  • Certificate of Recognition for Outstanding Contributions in Preschool-Grade 12 Education Settings - recognizes distinguished achievement and/or contributions in one or more of the following areas:
    • Development of new and innovative therapeutic and /or service delivery models, materials, and products.
    • Research and or publications. This includes professional collaboration with universities and /or colleagues within school systems; the nominee is a primary researcher having conducted and or reported on EBP activities in the school setting: the nominee has published a sufficient amount of writings in the areas of research, reports, books, chapters, or other documents that inform effective practice in school settings.
    • Administrative (e.g., evidence-based program development, continuing education activities developed and opportunities provided, mentoring and/or supervision of ASHA Clinical Fellows, speech-language pathology or audiology students, or speech-language pathology assistants.
    • Advocacy and outreach (e.g., legislative, licensing, participation on state/local committees that promote speech and hearing, health fairs, curriculum committees, health and education committees).
  • Certificate of Recognition for Special Contributions in Higher Education - designed to signify distinguished achievement and/or contributions in one or more of the following areas:
    • University or college classroom teaching
    • Clinical teaching; student mentoring
    • Development of new and innovative educational techniques and technologies in audiology, speech-language pathology, or speech-language and hearing sciences
  • Certificate of Recognition for Special Contributions in Multicultural Affairs - designed to signify distinguished achievement and contributions as evidenced by significant recent accomplishments in speech-language pathology and/or audiology and hearing, language or speech science in any of the following areas:
    • Multicultural professional education
    • Multicultural research
    • Clinical service to multicultural populations
  • Early Career Contributions in Research Award acknowledges significant scientific accomplishments by individuals beyond the dissertation and within five years of receiving their doctoral degree or other terminal degree.
  • Outstanding Service Award - recognizes living ASHA members or National Office personnel who have offered outstanding and exemplary service on behalf of or for the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association or on behalf of individuals in their communities with unserved speech, language or hearing needs.